With its historic charm and romantic waterways, Venice is an inviting destination. Of course, its reputation is no secret, and some 20 million people visit the floating city each year.
But for such a well known destination, we still have a couple of tips we think would be handy to hear!
Avoid Tourist Hotspots
The secret to a great vacation in Venice is to avoid the tourist hot spots, and get lost among the cobbled alleyways, backstreets and charming canals.
The magic of Venice is a feeling and a way of life, and not defined by a list of attractions you should see. So don’t bother buying a tourist guide – plan on getting lost and discovering the real neighborhoods of Venice away from the crowds.
Of the many wonderful parts of Venice we discovered which are lesser known, be sure to include Isola delle Rose (a private island run by JW Marriott Venice with views of the skyline of St. Marks Square), and Cannaregio Sestiere (the northernmost district oozes with character and authentic Venetian charm).
Fly into Marco Polo Airport
Venice has two airports, but flying into Venice’s Marco Polo Airport is how most people arrive. Well over 9 million passengers came through this airport in 2016, and it’s much closer to Venice than Venice Treviso.
Over 30 retail shops await you at the airport, with the likes of The Fashion Place, Hugo Boss, and Gallo to fulfill your last-minute shopping needs. And there are a variety of restaurants and bars are sure to satisfy every craving.
The airport connects Venice directly to many locations throughout Europe as well as international hubs like Canada, the UK and the United States.
Water Taxi Service
Once you arrive at the airport, getting to Venice itself is only a short boat ride away, and water taxi’s are an easy and scenic way to travel from Marco Polo airport to Venice.
You can land and have a greeter waiting for you with a name-board. They will take you to a van, which will comfortably shuttle you to the water taxi pier. Then, you will board a luxurious water taxi for your trip up the canal to your hotel.
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