5 Amazing places to see near Venice

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Giorgio

Programmer, psychedelic Australian trumpeter, and amateur chef. I only want to help tourists in Venice and protect them from being screwed cause I put myself in their place.

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  • jaza

    hello, I am visiting in 2 days. my husband and I will be there for 10 days, however he will be there for business so we really only might have the weekend for full days. and the evenings during the week. can you recommend places to see and places to eat during out time so that we aren’t wasting the time we do have

    • italian_buddy

      Hi jaza,where are you staying?are you looking to see just venice or outside too? If so, do you have a car?

      • jaza

        mestre right now until my husband can see if the water taxi situation will work for him to get to and from where he needs to be. it is about 40 minutes from the hotel in mestre. we will have a car.

        • italian_buddy

          In Venice I’d suggest to have a walk in the evening at Zattere (southern area) and have dinner there along the grand canal, otherwise there are a couple of nice “osterie” near campo san barnaba and calle lunga san barnaba. As for other places in Venice to see I’d recommend also Burano, Giardini Biennale and Sant’Elena, and Peggy Guggenheim Museum. Outside Venice I’d suggest you go half day in Padova. If you want to see La Cappella degli Scrovegni (painted by Giotto) you should book it 24hrs in advance. Otherwise in Padova you still have Sant’Antonio, la Specola and Prato della Valle to see. All the other places mentioned in this page are very nice and worth a visit, depending on your time. At asolo I recommend eating here (sorry I don’t remember the name) for an excellent quality/price ratio https://www.google.it/maps/@45.8013133,11.9143667,3a,75y,68.28h,61.18t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sDGf28UcDdsLwgN8EHIKPUQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1 or here https://www.google.it/maps/place/Trattoria+Moderna+Due+Mori/@45.801529,11.9103893,233a,20y,77.45h,45t/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xb9275578697cdec!8m2!3d45.8021015!4d11.9124332 for something slightly more elegant

          • jaza

            Thank-you so much for your response. We are excited for the trip and hopefully your recommendations will save us some headache. I was disappointed to hear pizza is not big in the area we are going to

          • Maria Gatti

            Pizza is popular everywhere in the world, but has its origins in Naples. The problem in Venice is overpriced tourist-trap pizza, especially in the central areas, but I’m sure you will find good pizzerias listed on any reliable website. Do try local specialities too, though. Polenta has roots in northeastern Italy.

  • Gilda

    Hi Giorgio! What a great post! Very helpful. My husband, 13 year old daughter and, I will be traveling to Italy in February 2017 and we’ll be spending 4 days in Venice towards the end of February. We will like to do a day trip to a small nearby town (3 hours travel max, maybe?) , we won’t be renting a car. We will like to see mountains and a place where is stuff to do/see. What do you recommend? Thanks in advance!

    • italian_buddy

      Hi Gilda
      from this list, there are trains direct from venezia to bassano del grappa 1.15 hours each way, 6€ per person one way.
      you can also go to monselice with either a “regionale veloce” train or a regular “regionale”, the price is 5.45€ for both but the first one takes 47 minutes while the latter takes 1.22 hours.

      other options would be Padova (30 mins by train) it’s a bigger city (400.000 people) and will take you a day to visit, Verona is also big but beautiful, it’s a bit farther though (2 hours). I think you should know it for the arena or for Giulietta’s house.

      have fun!

      • Gilda

        Great! Thanks again!

      • Maria Gatti

        There are also trains from Venice to Marostica, and I’d be very surprised if it is impossible to access any of these towns by public transport. https://www.rome2rio.com/fr/s/Venise/Marostica

        Veneto is a highly-developed region of Italy, and there are train or at least bus links to most places. I don’t drive, so renting a car is not an option; if I go there by car, it would be with Italian friends in Pordenone who own a car.

  • Praveen

    Hi Italian Buddy,
    Planning to visit Venice in June for 5 days. What all should I do including a visit to a place outside Venice?

  • alex

    Hi Giorgio, Hi travellers!
    Great post! I’m writing a short guide to some “off the beaten” places in Veneto too
    I am a Venetian tour & outdoor guide.
    My goal is to offer something different to travellers, less conventional and much more experiential discovering some hidden treasures around Venice. There is so much to see and do beyond Venice!
    That is why my motto is “Enjoy a different day” !
    Hope it’s okay if i put my website link here http://www.elsendero.it , if not feel free to remove it
    Good travels to everyone!
    Alex

    • Giorgi

      Of course. Always useful to know.

      • alex

        Grazie mille per la risposta 😉
        Ciaooo

  • Dave Simmonds

    nice site,but sadly the guide has been removed from Dropbox.is it available elsewhere?

    • Giorgi

      Hi @disqus_hXEtKjEm2T:disqus apologies for the issue. We hadn’t realized it yet.
      Dropbox changed their link format so I had to generate a new one.
      The guide page has been updated, this is the link directly to the file http://bit.ly/Italian_Buddy_Venice

  • Rosy Fernandez

    Hello! Great recommendations! We will be in Venice in August and will be there for 2 days, we are considering taking a day trip to Dolomite mountains and Cortina. What are your thoughts? I did not see you recommend this area.

    Thank you!
    Rose

    • Giorgi

      Hi Rosy. I didn’t have enough space to recommend everything in this post but if you’re into mountains and hiking you should definitely go! Dolomites are to me the best mountains in Italy and there are plenty of options depending whether you want to go on organized trips or by yourself.

  • doug domene

    We are traveling to Venice to pick up a cruise. I would like to spend 4-5 days in the surrounding areas. Is there a logical base that I could use besides Venice in order to see some of the sights you recommended?

    I appreciate the help.

    Dr. D.

    • Giorgi

      hi doug. if you have a car i suggest padova cause it’s in the middle of the area and you can reach all the surrounding towns including venice in 1 hour or less. if you don’t, padova is still a good choice but you’ll have to move by train. otherwise mestre (the mainland before venice) is also fine and probably handier for trains. the downside of mestre is that the center is small and not as appealing as padova

      • doug domene

        Thanks for the help.

        Dr. D.

  • Joanne

    Hi Giorgi, I will be in Venice in a month. My friend and I are looking for some great hiking. I noticed there is the little Dolomites close by (40miles) just want to confirm if you could give us some great hiking recommendations for two avid hikers looking to hike about 6 hours. Our time is limited to 2 days in the area. Thanks

    • Giorgi

      Sorry i’m not an expert on mountains i think you can find better advice somewhere else on the internet :)

      • Joanne

        Grazie for responding!!

      • Joanne

        Do you know the best way to get train times to Vicenza from Venice?

        • Giorgi

          http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en from vicenza to venezia santa lucia. try to get a “regionale veloce” train, they’re quick and cheap

          • Joanne

            Thanks Giorgi! One last question, we will be arriving into Marco Polo airport. What is the cheapest and fastest way to the MSC cruise line port?

          • Giorgi

            http://www.vtp.it/info-operatori/crociere/
            there are public buses from the airport to venice, i think they cost 8 euros now. i can leave the bus at piazzale roma (last stop) and then walk back 5 minutes to the cruise terminal or leave it 1 or 2 stops earlier

          • Joanne

            Thanks Giorgi. What confuses me is I was told I would have to take water taxi since Venice is on an island. Must be incorrect information?

          • Giorgi

            yes. venice is an island connected to the mainland by a bridge where trains, cars and buses go normally. you can take a water taxi but it will be very expensive (i think over 100€) so definitely not recommended

          • Joanne

            You are the best!! This has been very helpful. I hope you don’t mind all my questions, more may come if that is okay:)

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