Best day trips from Venice ?

Nov 7th, 2012, 08:56 AM
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Best day trips from Venice ?

Mid April in Italy; 10 days....! Starting in Milan, going to Florence and ending in Venice. Will be 4 days in Florence and 2- 4 in Venice. Best day trip ideas?

Main thing I am considering is whether to stay longer or shorter in Venice.... my husband hasn't been to Venice; I could take it or leave it. We either spend 2 nights there at the end and the other earlier 2 "somewhere" between Florence and Venice - OR spend 3-4 there and do day trips

Thoughts or Ideas? Any great town suggestions between Florence and Milan? We could rent a car from Florence or do train.
Thanks!
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Nov 7th, 2012, 09:42 AM
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Bologna - one of my favorite Italian cities. The best food, beautiful architecture, great shopping, few tourists. Good halfway stop for an overnight.
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Nov 7th, 2012, 09:47 AM
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Even with 4 days in Venice, IMO that's not long enough to even think about doing day trips. We'd spent a total of 6 holidays of 1 or 2 weeks each here before moving here and felt we'd barely scratched the surface. Have you been to any of the outlying islands? Burano & Torcello are a daytrip in themselves.

But if you must - Padua is a popular trip (although it also deserves a stay in itself). Or take a boat trip to visit the Palladian villas of the Brenta Canal (although I'm not sure if these would be running as early as April).

Even if you do feel the need to get out, there's no point in keeping a car after you get to Venice - parking is expensive & trains are cheap & efficient.
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Nov 7th, 2012, 10:15 AM
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I would definitely spend a day on th outer islands. Torcellos is fantastic and Burano cute and interesting. And Murano is fine if you want to see glassblowing and shop. But you can;t do all 3 in one day.
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Nov 7th, 2012, 11:37 AM
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Vicenza - my favorite small city/town in the area.
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Nov 7th, 2012, 11:53 AM
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One's I've done are Padua (only half an hour by train; fabulous market; book the Scrovegni chapel in advance); Vicenza is like being in a dream; Ferrara is a delight (rent a bike; if you really like to cover territory then there is a direct train from Ferrara to Ravenna to see the mosaics); Bologna and Verona are slightly longer trips but great cities; Bassano del Grappa is a nice trip halfway up to the Alps (once spent half a day in Vicenza then the 2nd half in Bassano). I haven't hit Trieste yet as a Venice side-trip, but will someday.
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Nov 7th, 2012, 11:53 AM
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Thanks for the Venice tips, definitely will consider being there 3-4 nights. Any recommendations on what area to stay in ? And hotels?

I would definitely NOT drive into Venice or Florence - but could rent a car outside of Florence.

Bologna sounds great...it was actually on my list. We are big foodies. Would 2 nights be too much? I hate staying only 1 night in a town.....!!
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Nov 7th, 2012, 11:54 AM
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My mother in law's husband is from Trieste! I would love to go there... but might be too far.!
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Nov 7th, 2012, 11:57 AM
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2 nights is only 1 full day. That's all we've so far managed in Bologna, and while it was better than 1 night it wasn't enough - just a taster.
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Nov 7th, 2012, 12:11 PM
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Ok, so Bologna, Verona, Vicenzia and possibly Padua sound great, plus an outer island).
What would be a good stop between Firenze and Venezia?

How does this tentative itinerary sound?
We have 10 nights. We fly into Milan. Firenze is key....- I would prefer staying in only 3 or 4 hotels.

Day 1- arrive in Milan. Stay 1 night (or 2 ?) - or scrap Milan altogether and take train to Florence?
Day 2 - take train to Florence - Stay 4 nights
Day 6 - depart Florence via train to Bologna (or drive?). Rent car. Tentative visit to Ravenna, Ferrara or Parma. Stay 2-3 nights. OR Stay in Verona.
Day 8/9 - depart to Venice via train. Visit islands 1 day
Day 11 - early departure to US
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Nov 7th, 2012, 12:16 PM
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I agree with almost all the above advice. We did do the three islands in one day in May -- and we didn't feel rushed. It's a way to really get a sense of where Venice came from and its physical setting. The one three-star city I didn't see mentioned is Ravenna. It's close and unique. All the other cities are excellent, but none has the extraordinary mosaics and churches like Ravenna.
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Nov 7th, 2012, 02:25 PM
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Ok! Ravenna is being added to the list!!
thanks for that insight Paolo
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Nov 7th, 2012, 02:32 PM
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I would definitely spend a day on th outer islands. Torcellos is fantastic and Burano cute and interesting. And Murano is fine if you want to see glassblowing and shop. But you can;t do all 3 in one day.>.

well, actually you can, if you give yourselves enough time.

get the boat from the fondamente nove [but have a look at the marble curtains in the Gesuiti church round the corner before you go] and get the vaporetto to burano. Get off and get the little ferry to torcello. tour torcello [mainly the cathedral] and have lunch. then get the boat back to Burano and tour the island. then get the vaporetto back to Venice, but get off at murano - the "pharo" stop. walk around the island, then get the vaporetto back to 'venice when you've had enough.
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Nov 7th, 2012, 02:37 PM
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did anyone take a look at the tentative itinerary?
Sounds like:

Day 1- arrive in Milan. Stay 1 night (or 2 ?) - or scrap Milan altogether and take train to Florence?
Day 2 - take train to Florence - Stay 4 nights
Day 6 - depart Florence via train to Bologna (or drive?). Rent car. Tentative visit to Ravenna, Ferrara or Parma. Stay 2-3 nights. OR Stay in Verona.
Day 8 - depart to Venice via train. Visit islands 1 day
Day 11 - early departure to US
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Nov 7th, 2012, 09:10 PM
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sorry pattytravel - we got sidetracked.

why not fly directly into venice? [milan is the outlier on your route, IMO] this avoids the early flight that most airlines seem to have from venice to the USA.

you could then do this:

Day 1- Arrive venice. stay 4 nights
Day 4 - rent car. visit Ravenna, Ferrara, Parma and Bologna.
Day 8 - Arrive ? [town/city convenient for train to Florence] and return car. depart to Florence via train.
Day 11 - departure to US [can you find flight from Florence?] otherwise you may need to spend a night at Milan, in which case you could lose a night from venice.
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Nov 8th, 2012, 10:15 AM
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I like your thinking annhig, but guess what? the tickets are purchased!! Used my Amex MR points to get an amazing deal from Miami - first class. I tried to change them some months ago but you know how free travel is!

That said, I can reverse what you recommend:
Day 1 - arrive Milan and take train to Florence, stay 4 nights
Day 5 - rent car from xx town near Florence; go to Bologna. stay 3 nights, explore area/day trips as above: Ravenna, Ferrara, etc.
Day 8 - return car; train to Venice - 4 nights. Do the islands one day.
Day 12 - depart from Venice.

I think that feels good. U?
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Nov 8th, 2012, 11:17 AM
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okey dokey, patty - into Milan and out of Venice it is! who could possibly resist bargain 1st class tickets?

i know that i mentioned renting a car, but have you looked at getting trains instead of renting a car to explore from bologna? I don't know what the timetables are like but if you are only interested in towns/cities, it may be easier than renting a car. OTOH if you want to explore the countryside, the car is essential.
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Nov 8th, 2012, 11:18 AM
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PS - the itinerary looks peachy!
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Nov 8th, 2012, 11:24 AM
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I wouldn't leave Venice, but I would definitely take a vaparetto to Murano, Burano and Torcello. Have lunch at Locando Cipriani, on Torcello.
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I would also advise doing it all by train. A car is a liability in any historic Italian city - parking is difficult to find, you can't drive at all in many central areas (ZTLs) without a permit (you *would* get fined) and many streets are very narrow and hard to navigate. The trains are fast, efficient & cheap.

For my taste you are fitting in far too much - with 12 nights I'd stay in a maximum of 3 cities (as you are doing, which gives 11 full days minus 2 days spent partly travelling so 9 full days) but do no day trips at all outside those 3 cities - but our travelling styles are evidently jut different.
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