With its astounding waterways and captivating setting, Venice has been bring in visitors for 600 years. Built on a lagoon, Venice remains remarkably unchanged and authentic. For over 150 years visitors have been making the romantic rail experience here, and considering that 1919 Venice was the end point on the popular Simplon Orient Express Rail Line. It seems fitting to continue this fine tradition and make the bewitching experience to Venice by train. After all, Venice is on water, and it wouldn’t make sense to arrive at the world’s only pedestrianised city by road.
When is the best time to check out Venice by rail?
Romantic and enchanting, Venice brings in visitors throughout the year. But the canals and bridges come alive in summer and at Christmas. During the balmy long summer nights the narrow streets and canals prosper. Lovely warm days develop a buzz in the setting; couples walk hand in hand, water taxis gracefully sail down the canals, and the evenings are filled with terrace dining and fine wine. Summer is understandably the peak vacationer season in Venice. Don’t let this put you off. Attractions are open later, and the long hours of daylight indicate you’ve obtained enough time to relax along with explore the city.
At wintertime time the nights reel in more quickly and Venice changes mood. It’s a quieter time for vacationers giving you more space and freedom to explore. For the locals it is a busy time as they prepare for Christmas. Twinkling Christmas lights reflect off the canals, adding more bewitchment to the Floating City. At night time the waterways are tranquil, and gondolas pass under brightened bridges and sophisticated city lights.
What do to in Venice on your excellent rail holiday
Venice isn’t a city for charging around and ticking off a list of attractions. It’s finest explored slowly, on foot and by water. From the train station a private water taxi supplies an immediate impression of the city’s magic, taking guests along the water to the 4 \* Lodging Ai Mori d’Oriente. Venice is popular for its pedestrianised streets, and blindly exploring without a map is a calming experience.
Amongst it all are hidden treasures and public squares that shriek of splendor. Cross over the 800 year old Rialto Bridge and visit Rialto Market for a spot of shopping. Then check out the well-known San Marco Square, dominated by the Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace) and the sensational Basilica di San Marco. Bridal dress conservatively for this popular church, and visit other ancient wonders like the San Giacomo du Rialto church which dates from 421AD. Step back into the setting of an 18th century honorable houses at the Ca’Rezzonico, and explore the artists that made Venice popular in Italy’s finest art museum, the Galleria Dell’Accademia di Venezia. Best of all, Planet Rail’s extravagant holiday travel plan permits three full days to see it all.