Venice is a magical city with characteristics that make it unique anywhere in the world.
Let’s try to summarize some of the suggestions we like to give to tourists based on our experience in reception:
- Inquire: do you know the prices for local transport and water buses (vaporetti)? Do you have a map? Do you know how to get to St Mark’s Square? Feel free to ask at reception for some basic informations that will help make your visit to Venice so much simpler and don’t forget to ask for your free tourist map.
- Buses, trains and water buses (vaporetti): You can reach Venice by using local public transport; going by car is inadvisable. Venice can be reached from our Hotel either by bus (Route 2 and night bus Route N1) or by train, which departs from Mestre Station every 5-10 minutes. The cost for each single journey, either by bus or by train, is the same (€1.30). Given that the cost for each single journey by water bus (vaporetto) is quite high (€7) it may be cheaper to buy one of the tourist tickets that are valid: 12 hrs (18 €); 24 hrs (€20); 36 hrs (€25); 48 hrs (€30); 72 hrs (€35) or 7 days (€50). These tickets include unlimited travel, both by bus and water bus (vaporetto), and are valid on all of Venice’s and Mestre’s lines. Tickets must be purchased before travelling from the tobacconist’s or railway station.
- Moving around Venice on foot: to enjoy the city in the best possible way, you have to walk and not be afraid of getting lost. Moving away off the beaten track will lead you to discover some beautiful corners of a Venice that is not just St Mark’s Square.
- Water bus (vaporetto) Route 1 or 2: As walking along the banks of the Grand Canal is possiblefor short distances only, a trip on a water bus (vaporetto) along the Grand Canal is the only way to see many of the city’s most beautiful buildings.
- How many days do I need to visit Venice? There is no universal answer to this question. For some a one-day visit is sufficient for seeing the “picture-postcard sites”; others find that 15 days are not enough for seeing everything they would have liked. We advise you to choose a number of places that you would like visit, based on the amount of time you have available. Those visiting Venice for one day or two would be better off focusing on some attractions, leaving the others for a future visit..
- What to visit: the number of cultural, artistic and architectural attractions is so vast that it becomes difficult to answer this question in a few lines. The places not to be missed are most definitely St Mark’s Square, the Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) and the Rialto Bridge. The main museums are: the museums of St Marks Square, Ca ‘ d’Oro, Venice Guggenheim, Palazzo Grassi, the Accademia Galleries and the Museum of the 18th-century in Ca ‘ Rezzonico. There are also: more museums; the Basilica della Salute (Basilica of Health); the Basilica the Saints John and Paul; the schools of Venetian Painting and over 120 other churches, some of which contain works of art of great importance, the Biennale exhibitions and so much more.
- Tour of the islands of the lagoon: We recommend a tour that takes in Murano, with visits to the workshops of master glass-makers, and Burano, to experience the effervescent atmosphere of the most beautiful of the Venetian Lagoon’s islands. The tour can be done using the public water buses (vaporetti), leaving from Piazzale Roma; it takes half a day and both Murano and Burano offer an excellent choice of restaurants. Anyone wanting to, can add the Island of Torcello to the tour; the island is the first populated Venetian area, located close to Burano.
- How to save money in Venice: By taking particular care, Venice can turn out to be a not particularly expensive city. There is a wide choice of bars, restaurants and ice cream parlours with prices and special offers that are comparable to other Italian cities. In order to avoid any nasty surprises we recommend you always ask to see the price list before ordering. Please bear in mind that some restaurants and cafes, such as those located in St Mark’s Square, are upmarket venues with high prices.
- Venice by night: we recommend a night out in Venice, the magical atmosphere, the unreal silence and the lights that are reflected on the canals, all together make the city even more special than it is by day.
- Visit the other attractions of the Veneto region: using the Hotel Aaron as your point of departure you can visit other interesting places very easily, thanks to the trains that depart from Mestre railway station (that is a 5 minute walk from the Hotel Aaron) or alternatively by car. You can be in Verona or one of the medieval cities of Bassano del Grappa and Asolo in less than one hour. The beautiful cities of Padua and Treviso are less than half an hour away. Other places of interest are: the Spa resort of Abano and Montegrotto (45 mins.); The Valdobbiadene hillsides that produce prosecco wine (45 mins.); the Brenta Riviera (20 mins.), the city of Vicenza (40 mins.); the resort towns of Jesolo and Caorle (45 mins.) and even the magnificent mountains of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site, given that you can reach Cortina d’Ampezzo in 1 hr 45 minutes.