When I began planning my trip through Europe, I knew I wanted to make it to Venice at some point. After taking a look at the hotel and Airbnb prices, I realized it wouldn’t be smart to actually stay in Venice because it was way too expensive. Not to mention, moving around with luggage is not an easy feat, and taking a water taxi would jack up the cost even more. So, I opted to stay in one of the towns on mainland Italy and take the train in to the city.
Originally I thought to stay in Mestre or Padua, but when I looked at train tickets from Munich, I realized I would have to change trains at least once in order to get there. The only direct train in that direction stopped in Verona before continuing further south. So I thought, why not stay in Verona, drop my luggage there and then take the train to Venice for the day? I’ll also get to explore Verona for a bit as well. It was the perfect plan : no switching trains, no carrying luggage through Venice, perfect for my budget, and I get to add an additional city to my trip!
I arrived to Verona late on Saturday night, checked into my hotel and got up early the morning to take the train to Venice the next day. The only thing I didn’t account for was how delayed the trains depart in Italy. I had purchased a Trenitalia RV2713 ticket departing Verona at 9:21am for Venice, and we didn’t end up leaving until 35 minutes later! Even an Italian man seemed annoyed by this on the train as I sat patiently waiting. I don’t speak Italian so I’m not sure what the hold up was, but from what I saw around the internet, this is really common in Italy. In any case, the journey was just over an hour long, and I had the rest of the day to explore the island until my return train after sunset around 6pm.
I Google-mapped the walking distance from the Venice train station to the Venice Biennale which are on total opposite ends of the island! 55 minutes. I usually walk faster than Google maps, so I thought, let’s do it! If I’m really exhausted at the end of the day, I can always take the water taxi on the return trip.
The one thing I learned about Venice on this day is that you will get lost, even with the trusty Google Maps app. Of course, getting lost in Venice simply means running into a turquoise canal or a beautiful hidden corner! My long and indirect walk to Giardini Park in the eastern part of Venice obviously took longer than Google Maps predicted because I stopped to take so many photos. Below find a dear photo diary of my day in Venice…
Be sure to check out all my photos from my walk inside the 2015 Venice Biennale.