With recent problems of overtourism in Venice, there are times when you may want to escape on a day trip. Of which there are many. Here are a few of our top tips.
One day trips from Venice by train
Venice - Treviso: In around 30 mins you reach this charming canal-rich city but a lot fewer visitors. Visit the central Palazzo dei Trecento, explore the trendy shops and enjoy the fine dining associated with this small city.
Venice - Bibione: Travelling west on a short 40 mins trip will see you reaching the coastal town of Bibione. Here, you’ll be able to spend time on the beach. Make sure to spot the famous Punta Tagliamento Lighthouse which really adds to the coastal charm of Bibione.
Venice - Jesolo: A shorter journey of 17 mins takes you to Jesolo with a busy but refreshing beach and lively night life. which is combined with lively nightlife.
Venice - Caorle: Competitive pricing in Italy means it’s easy to go that bit further afield for a day trip. For just over £5 to travel the hour-long journey to Caorle, with large beaches on the Adriatic, a colourful historic centre, it’s well worth the trip.
Venice - Trieste: The local train ride can take less than 2 hrs passing Miramare Castle to give a wonderful view of the Golfo di Trieste. Trieste is a place like no other because of its Italian, Austro-Hungarian and Slovenian influences. This elegant port city is a beautiful location away from the crowds.
Travelling to Venice
Getting to Venice by rail is pretty easy from anywhere in Italy. You can train travel from Rome to Venice on high-speed Frecciarossa takes 3 hrs and 12 mins, which is quicker than going from London to Edinburgh by rail. Have lunch in the Frecciarossa restaurant car which uses fresh and local ingredients to make sure you won’t go hungry on the journey.
Another great feature of this route is not only the speed but also having the option to break up your journey. The train passes through Florence, Bologna and Padua. All three cities are worth a visit and you can tweak your ticket to give yourself plenty of time in each.
Travelling from Milan to Venice by train takes 2 hrs. On the way, you pass through Brescia, Verona, Vicenza and Padua, each offering their own charms and draws. Padua, for example, has a dense network of arcaded streets opening into large communal piazza, and many bridges crossing the various branches of the Bacchiglione, which once surrounded the ancient walls like a moat. The landscape on this route is further enhanced as it gives you the chance to catch a glimpse of the Lake Garda during the journey.
Photo credits top to bottom: Frecciarossa ©Trenitalia, View of the city Treviso iStock ©PM78, Venice Beach and the Mediterranean Sea iStock ©StockImages_AT, Lido di Jesolo, Adriatic Sea Italy iStock ©eurotravel, Bologna cityscape view iStock ©RossHelen, Grand Canal of Venice at twilight with gondola ©mammuth
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