ARRIVING TO VENICE BY AIRPLANE:
After arrival, you can reach the city by bus or by boat (water taxi or shuttle):
(a) Bus: A special ATVO shuttle that connects the airport in Venice with the main bus station at Piazzale Roma (near the main train station Santa Lucia) operates in approx. 40 minute intervals between 7:50 a.m. – 00:20 a.m. It costs 6 euros (11 euros two-way trip). The bus stop is in front of the airport main terminal exit and you can purchase your tickets either online ahead of time, or right on the platform. The whole trip should take about 20 minutes, but can take up to 30-35 minutes.
(b) Boat: If you would like to experience a more romantic approach to the city, you can use public or private water transportation. The docks are about 500 meters/yards from the main airport terminal; you can reach them through the shielded walkway.
Private water taxis cost about 40 euros and you can select from one of the options offered by the website Viator.com. It will drop you off right at your hotel, if it is accessible by water, or near it.
Public water shuttles operated by Alilaguna may take up to an hour to reach the city through the lagoon. A one way ticket costs 15 euros and a two-way ticket 27 euros. The most convenient are Linea A and B. Line A / Linea Arancio or Orange Line enters the urban land mass by the historical Cannaregio Canal and makes its way through the city in the direction of the Rialto bridge with the final stop near Saint Mark’s Square. Line B / Linea Blu or Blue Line stops briefly at Murano Island and approaches the city on its northern coast (it stops close to the main conference venues at the Fondamente Nove), continues in the direction of the Arsenal with a stop at the barrier island of the Lido, continuing from there towards Saint Mark’s Square.
ARRIVING TO VENICE BY TRAIN & BUS:
Both the main train station Santa Lucia and the bus terminal at Piazzale Roma are within walking distance from each other. Once you reach the city, you can rely on private water taxis, the public system of vaporetti, or simply walk.
The city of Venice has a quite dense and elaborate system of inner public water routes that is operated by ACTV. It is not cheap, a simple 75-minute ticket costs 6 euros, but a visitor should certainly experience this unusual way of moving around town, which may be a different spin on the famous De Certeau’s walker. You can buy hourly and/or daily tickets. Below is the price list of some basic daily tourist travel passes:
MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES:
The site Venezia Unica offers the Tourist City Pass / Venice Card that enables you to access a vast array of museums and galleries for a discounted price. The card allows access to the main city-administered monuments on the Saint Mark’s Square such as the Doge’s Palace, National Archeological Museum, The Marciana Library, Museo Correr, as well as Ca’ Rezzonico, the Naval Museum near the Arsenal, Carlo Goldoni’s House, the Querini Stampalia Foundation gallery, the Museum of Glass at the Murano Island and many monumental Venetian churches that charge entry fees.
Other points of interest to visit include the Gallerie dell’Accademia with its medieval, Renaissance and Baroque collections; the Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni with its breathtaking collection of Carpaccio’s works; the Scuola Grande di San Rocco with its extraordinary collection of Tintoretto’s paintings; and the Peggy Gugenheim Collection of modern art.
Masterpieces of the Renaissance Urban Landscape Painting in Venice: