Bistrot de Venise
Bistrot de Venise first opened in 1993 and has since become a hangout and meeting place where the figurative arts, poetry and culture combine, simply, with Food and Wine. 1999 saw the start of their research into Rare Wines and Historical Venetian Cuisine, strengthening their concept of applying culture to local and regional Gastronomy and Wine.
This villa and its beautifully landscaped gardens lie along the Riviera del Brenta, away from the more popular tourist attractions in Venice. The spectacular estate’s former owners include some of Venice’s most notable Doges and Napoleon Bonaparte. Tour tickets are available from Tuesday to Sunday and discounts are given for children and seniors.
Naranzaria represents the continuing evolution of Venetian food, specializing in raw food preparations which combine Asian staples like sushi with Italian favourites like carpaccio. Combined with a fantastic view of the Canal and an impressive wine list, Naranzaria definitely merits a visit on your trip to Venice.
DiscoveringVenice Walking Tours
With its charming bridges, canals, and seemingly endless alleyways, Venice is best explored on foot. DiscoveringVenice offers small group tours led by local Venetians, where you can learn about Classical Venice, Unknown Venice, and the City’s famous art museums. If you’re tried of all the walking around, buy at ticket to the Venice by Boat tours instead.
Even if you’re not here for the Biennale’s cultural events, take a walk through the gardens where the annual Biennale Art Exhibition is held and visit the designer pavilions which were created by famous architects from the Netherlands, Finland, and Austria.
The adventurous traveller Marco Polo; Giacomo Casanova, arguably the world's most famous lover; and Renaissance painters Titian and Tintoretto —the streets of Venice have been walked by Italy's rich, famous, and occasionally even infamous citizens. Follow in their footsteps as you stroll through the magnificent San Marco square, admire the view of the Grand Canal from the Rialto Bridge, and appreciate the stunning architecture of the Basilica di San Marco and Doge's Palace.
Spread out over 118 islands, Venice has over 600 years of history and is a treasure trove of Italian art, architecture, and style. And while this romantic city is a bit more touristy than it was a few decades ago, there are still quaint and quiet spots to be found away from the pedestrian bustle of the city centre.
A Venice Card will get you discounts on tickets to some of the museums, on public transport, and even public toilets. If you're keen on exploring the canals of Venice and can't afford the expensive gondolas, buy a ticket for the Vaporettos (water taxis) instead. Before your flight home, hit the street markets along the Canal where keepsakes like Venetian masks, hand-held fans, and Murano glassware, are extremely cheap and available in a wide variety of colours and designs.
Marco Polo Airport (VCE) is the city's main airport for international flights and is served by full-service airlines like Delta, United, and US as well as low-cost carriers like Aer Lingus. Air Transat has direct flights to Venice once a week from Toronto and Montreal.
Treviso Airport (TSF), also known as Treviso-Sant'Angelo Airport, is a smaller airport which is served by low-cost airlines like Ryanair and Wizzair as well as a few charter companies. Venice flights via Treviso are more popular with passengers travelling from within Europe.
Summer is when Venice is teeming with visitors from around the world and flights and hotels are most expensive. If you're visiting for any of the festivals in February, July, September, and the Venice Biennale, booking in advance is absolutely essential. The crowds thin out a little in the winter months so with the exception of Christmas and New Year's, between November and February is when flights and hotels are cheapest.
For those who can't stand the cold and still want cheap airline tickets, visit in the shoulder seasons from March to May or from September to October, but be prepared for slightly unpredictable weather.
Arriving at Marco Polo Airport (VCE)
The arrivals area is located on the ground floor of the three-storey terminal building. From VCE, you have the option to travel via the city's roads or waterways. For more details on the transportation options from the airport to downtown Venice, visit the airport's website.
Land Transport includes:
Public Transit: Azienda Transporti Veneto Orientale (ATVO) runs several bus services from the airport including a Fly Bus service to Mestre-Venice Railway Station and express buses to the Piazzale Roma and Treviso city centre. Buying tickets online will get you discount fares, but even if you buy tickets at the airport or on board, you won't spend more than €3 for a one-way trip.
Taxis and Chauffeured Car Services: Metered taxis are available just outside the airport exits and you can also book a chauffeured car at the transport desk inside the airport. Taking a taxi does not make much sense if you're heading to Venice's city centre as the farthest you will get is the Lido, where you have to disembark and take a water bus or taxi. For destinations outside the main city of Venice, cab and chauffeured car rates range from €50-€100.
Car Rental: Not many visitors rent a car for their stay in Venice as the core of the city is vehicle-free, but if you're heading out into the countryside or on to nearby cities like Padua and Verona, you can book a car with one of the nine rental companies located at the airport which include Thirfty, Locauto, Autotravel-Sixt, and Europcar Italia.
Other: The airport is also part of the Venice Car Sharing Service. This service allows you to hire cars for short time slots at a much cheaper rate than renting a car for the duration of your stay. Other advantages include free parking in designated areas and special driving lanes.
Water Transport facilities are located close to the airport, but you will have to walk to the dock area. So if you have a lot of luggage, you may want to take your trolley with you until the dock, or consider a meet-and-greet service where the driver will help you with your luggage.
Alilaguna: Alilaguna is a private transport company which runs the ferry service from the airport to a limited number of stops in and around Venice. Tickets can be bought in the arrivals hall of the airport and cost between €7- €15 depending on where you want to go. You can also book tickets online and get discounts if you're travelling in a group of 20 or more.
Alilaguna also runs an AirportLink service which makes fewer stops and is similar to a shared-ride shuttle service. At €27 for a one-way trip, it is not as cheap as the ferry but is less crowded and slightly quicker, depending on how many stops need to be made for other passengers.
Water Taxis: A consortium of private companies run the water taxi service from the airport. You can book in advance, at the airport, or at the dock, and prices range from €80-€120 for up to four passengers and their luggage. Additional passengers and luggage can be added for a fee of about €2 per addition. Most taxis are metered but flat fares ranging from €85-€90 are charged by taxis on the VeniceLink service line, which connects the airport to specific downtown Venice locations.
Other: If you're taking a cruise from Venice, check with your cruise company if they can arrange an airport pick-up for you. The service is usually involves a fee, but is very convenient if you're heading straight to the port without stopping by the city. If comfort and style are what you're looking for, several companies offer water and land limousine services as well as helicopter transfers, all of which you will need to book in advance.
Arriving at Treviso Airport (TSF)
Treviso Airport is a single terminal airport and ground transportation options from TSF to Venice include the following:
Public Transit: Linea 6, operated by local Treviso transit firm ACTT, is the bus service which connects the airport to the Treviso city centre. Tickets can be bought on board or online and cost between €1-€2. ATVO also provides an express service to destinations in Venice and one-way tickets are cheap at a mere €5 for the one-hour ride. A return ticket will cost you about €9 and fares are always cheaper if you buy them in advance and online. Alternatively, you can purchase full-fare tickets at the automatic kiosks or booths in the airport's arrivals hall.
You can also use the ACTT bus to connect to the Treviso Railway Station or the ATVO bus to get to the Mestre-Venice Railway Station. Trains from Treviso to Venice run every half-hour and a one-way ticket is less than €3.
Taxi: Taxis may not always be available outside the airport so if you're planning to take a cab into the city, call ahead and book a radio taxi in advance. A trip to downtown Venice will cost about €60-€65 for up to four passengers while travel to Treviso's city centre is cheaper at about €30. Be prepared to pay an additional 20 -50% on your total bill if your Venice flights arrive between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. or on a public holiday.
Car Rental: There are plenty of car rental companies to choose from at Treviso Airport including Maggiore, Auto Europe, Easycar, and Hertz. All ten companies with services from TSF have kiosks within the terminal building.
Hotel Shuttle: Passengers on flights to Venice that are arriving at either TSF and VCE can check with their hotel if a complimentary pick-up service from the airport is included in their booking. If not, your hotel may also be able to arrange for a chauffeured car to collect you from the airport, and you can either pay the driver directly or have the charge added to your final hotel bill.