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One night in Venice

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One night in Venice

We are arriving in Venice on 29th Aug and have one night and day to explore the city prior to embarking on a cruise from the port. Could you suggest a suitable area ie Mestre or Venice for hotel accommodation in order to have easy access to most of the attractions. We want to have reasonable access to both the airport and the docks.

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1. Re: One night in Venice

We stayed at Hotel Ca Formenta which is right next to the Arsenale water bus stop, which also is a stop for airport boat. Its right along the waterfront and is great for walking around.

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2. Re: One night in Venice

One night is so little time that I almost despair. I would avoid Mestre as you will have to spend time crossing the causway by train or bus to get into Venice.

The closest districts to the docks in Venice are S. Croce, S. Polo and, across the grand canal in Cannaregio.

Acess to and from the airport (Macro Polo) depends on whether you intend to use a private water taxi or not. A private water taxi costs about 80 euros but takes you to and from the canalside nearest your Hotel - hopefully right outside your Hotel - and takes c. 20 - 30 minutes. The Alilaguna boat to and from the airport takes a much longer time (around 70 minutes)and only calls at a limited number of stops. You then have the problem of getting to your Hotel. Check on www.alilaguna.com to see if this service is convenient - it is certainly cheaper at 10 euros per head.

Once you are in Venice location is not all that important, you can walk across Venice comfortably in an hour and there is always the vaporetto service to take you up and down the Grand Canal or on a circumnavigation of Venice.

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3. Re: One night in Venice

Please don't despair. We are using this opportunity of the cruise departing from Venice to have a 1st look. Hopefully we will return for a longer period and explore Venice more deeply. Many thanks for the advice.