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Excursions from Venice

The 7 best excursions and day trips in the Venice area

Day trips Venice

All info about tours, activities and excursions in the area of Venice Italy. What are the best day trips from Venice?

Away from Venice? - 7 Tips for day trips

When you are in Venice, also consider to visit some of the islands in the Venice ara. Venice is more than just the 6 districts of San Marco, San Polo, Castello, Santa Croce, Cannaregio and Dorsoduro. It is also much more than just idyllic squares, beautiful churches and many canals. An overview of all possible day trips you can make from Venice, because many excursions can easily be done from Venice.

Starting point of your excursion from Venice

To leave the city you have two options, one of them is the train. The train station in Venice is called Stazione di Santa Maria di Nazareth and it is located in the west of the Cannaregio district. The train departs across the water via the SR11. From the mainland you can continue your journey.

If you don't want to go to the mainland, but want to visit the Venetian islands, take the boat. There are various options from an organized excursion that includes the boat, to a private boat that takes you to your desired destination and then participate in a guided tour or other activity.

1. Murano, Burano & Torcello

MuranoThe island of Murano near Venice
BuranoThe picturesque island of Burano

Go island hopping to the three beautiful islands in the Venetianlagoon. Murano is the island closest to Venice city centre. However, Murano does belong to the municipality of Venice. What you should not miss here is the glass art. You will find several glass factories, a museum and many shops where you can buy glassware as souvenirs. Be surprised during a glass demonstration how such a creation is actually manufactured. Glass objects are also displayed outside. There are also a number of churches that are worth visiting.

A bit further is the island of Burano. Here you will see the brightly colored houses that line the canal. You will hardly believe your eyes with all the pink, blue, green, purple and red colors. And sometimes even two bright colors have been used by painting the shutters a different color than the house. Besides this colorful street scene you will also find glassware on Burano, but a special museum is the Museo del Merletto, where you learn about the art of lace unloading. The museum tells about the history of lace in Venice, the various techniques and there are many examples to see.

The most far of these three islands is Torcello. There are two interesting museums: Museo Provinciale di Torcello (about archaeological finds and Medieval artefacts in the area of Torcello) and Casa Museo Andrich. The latter museum used to be the home of Lucio Andrich and Clementina de Luca. In addition to a large number of works of art, you can also enter the garden. This is where an extra dimension starts, because the view over the laguna - especially when the flamingos are there - is wonderfully beautiful. If you want to take home a souvenir from Casa Museo Andrich, there is plenty of choice: pillows in prints by the artist, balsamic vinegar with raw materials from the area or a liqueur.

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2. Day at the beach on the island of Lido di Venezia

Lido di VeneziaThe island Lido di Venezia
Venice beachLido di Vinezia, the beach of Venice

Besides during the annual Venice Film Festival, this island is of course the perfect opportunity to relax a bit during your holiday. After the hustle and bustle of all the museums, churches, streets and canals, this is the place to discover the beach and wonderful water. You won't need to spend the whole day on your beach towel, because if you still want to practice a relaxing activity, you can rent a bicycle. The island is perfect for this, for example by pedaling to the Faro di San Nicolò lighthouse in the northernmost point. You can also play golf in the South on Lido di Venezia.

If you want to move around Lido in a different way, choose to rent a bicycle. With Baja Bikes you start in Tronchetto and this tour then will lead you from the historic center of Venice to the ferry. Together with your bike you will make the crossing to the Lido island, after which you will visit all kinds of sights with your guide. The best thing about a tour with a guide – compared to one without – is that you hear all kinds of useful information, but also fun facts. The great thing about this tour is that there is plenty of time to enjoy the view along the way.

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3. Visit the city of Padua on the mainland (41 km)

Venice ToursPadua, easy to reach by train
Excursion VeniceAtmospheric Padova in Italy

Padua ('Padova' in Italian) is approximately 40 km from Venice. Although it is only a 45-minute drive if you go with your own transport or rental car, it is better to take the train from Stazione di Venezia Santa Lucia. The train usually runs every 15 minutes and you will make the trip in less than half an hour (book tickets via Trenitalia). Padua is famous for the frescoes in the Capella degli Scrovegni and the Basilica di Sant'Antonio di Padova. You can also visit the beautiful botanical gardens. You will see more than 3500 different plant species in the oldest botanical garden in the world. Are you visiting Padova with children? Then the planetarium can be a good idea. This is not only an educational, but also a fun place for the whole family.

4. Discover the town of Chioggia (53 km)

Chioggia ToursChioggia is one hour away by boat
Day trip ChioggiaThe less touristy Chioggia

Chioggia is located about 50 km south of Venice. If you go further down from the Island of Lido you will automatically return to the mainland and Chioggia is that place. It is about 1 hour by boat from Venice. Chioggia also has a canal, but much nicer is the Museo di Zoologia Adriatica “Giuseppi Olivi” on the north side of Chioggia. All kinds of animals from the Adriatic Sea are exhibited here. The museum is located in a former palace and was once a hospital. It was not until the late 1990s that the building became what it is today: a place for education and training. Other places of interest are the Duomo – Cattedrale Santa Maria Assunta, the Museo Civico della Laguna Sud and the local fish market Pescheria al minuto di Chioggia.

5. By train to Vicenza (60 km)

Vicenza from VeniceThe central Piazza dei Signori in Vicenza
day trips from veniceTeatro Olimpico in Vicenza

The city of Vicenza is located at 60 kilometers from Venice and can be reached in just 45 minutes by direct train (tickets via Trenitalia). In Vicenza you can clearly see the stamp of the architect Andrea Palladio; His work includes the Palazzo Valmarana, the Basilica Palladiana on the square Piazza dei Signori and also several villas, such as the Palazzo Chiericati. The Teatro Olimpico, the oldest covered theater from the Renaissance, is also designed by Paladio and has a special interior. Because of these beautiful buildings by Paladio, Vicenza is on the World Heritage List, which makes it a nice day trip from Venice.

6. Day trip to Verona (120 km)

Venice Guided ToursThe charming city of Verona
Excursion to VeronaVerona's amphitheater

Verona is further inland from Padua. The city is about 120 km from Venice and can be reached in an hour and a half by train (tickets via Trenitalia). The river Adige flows through this medieval city. The many bridges in Verona are therefore reason for beautiful photos of this excursion. If you are a lover of Shakespeare's works, you will know that Verona was the place where Romeo & Juliet took place. The small 14th-century balcony is still there (Casa di Giulietta) and it overlooks the courtyard. Sometimes you can also visit a concert or opera in the Amphitheater Arena di Verona. Here you can listen to and watch the artists perform with 20,000 people at the same time and in the summer there is even a special program in which opera plays the leading role. Other places of interest are historical sites such as the Porta Palio and Porta Nova and - not to forget - the Ponte di Castelvechio. There are also several churches, such as the Parrochia Santi Angeli Custodi, Saint Bernardino and Chiesa Parrochiale di Santa Maria in Organo.

7. Florence (2 hours by high speed train)

FlorencePiazza della Signoria in Florence
Excursion FlorenceThe famous Duomo of Florence

Florence is the capital of Tuscany and is about 2 hours away by high-speed train (tickets via Trenitalia). In Florence you will find many relics from the Renaissance era, both architecture and art objects. What you must see is the cathedral with a domed roof (the Duomo). The art lover should also not miss the Uffizi museum and the Galleria dell'Accademia, because in the latter you can see Michelangelo's original statue of David. If you can't get enough of the churches after Venice, you can visit in Florence the Basilica di San Lorenzo, Basilica di Santa Croce di Firenze and the famous Duomo. The Museo dell'Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore is also on many people's list. Here you will also find various statues of Michelangelo and Donatello, among others. Other places of interest are: Palazzo Pitti, Palazzo Vecchio, Museo di San Marco (with beautiful galleries in the garden), Piazzale Michelangelo and Piazza della Signoria.

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