About Venice

Venice is one of the most famous and loved city in the world. This thanks its wonderful monuments, art and history. But mostly thanks its reflecting in the canals and rii, with its churches, palaces scattered all over the small islands in the lagoon.

The venetian lagoon was inhabited from the V sec. d.C., where the mainland population took refuge during the barbarian invasions. There the population kept increasing and livening up the famous Serenissima Republic of Venice. In this period,X-XI sec., Venice lived the most splendid moment, thanks its perfect position became the most important trading center and had the monopoly of all the commercial traffics. At this moment the building activities took on a further impetus: the most beautiful churches, the most luxury palaces and monuments were erected; many sculptors, painters and architects gave their contribution and made the wonders that we can admire now.

The discover of the ocean routes to the Indies, from the XV sec., started the decline of the Republic as a supreme power. The city ramined indipendent until 1797, in this year it joined to the Regno Longobardo-Veneto and then was given to the Austrians. In 1866 Venice was finally reunited with Italy.

How to get to Venice

Venice is located in the North-East of Italy and it is very easy to reach from everywhere, no matter which means of transport you have chosen. In fact the city is directly served by railway, airport – connected to aver 100 international destinations in 4 continents - and tourist port. There is also a regional and inter-regional public bus line terminal, and a private car terminal.
Venice is linked to the mainland by a system of connections consisting of seven terminals:
TRONCHETTO, PIAZZALE ROMA and the RAILWAY STATION inside the city; FUSINA, LIDO (CHIOGGIA), PUNTA SABBIONI and the AIRPORT outside the city. The eighth, only by water, is the terminal Marittima with the cruise station.

BY PLANE

Arriving in Venice by plane – Marco Polo Airport

Marco Polo Airport
The “Marco Polo” International Airport in Tessera, third in Italy for scheduled passengers, contributes to the centrality of Venice within Europe; every week more than a 1000 scheduled flights and 122 international destination link Venice to the main European cities.

Marco Polo Airport is at about 12 km from Venice, and is connected to the city by the ACTV and ATVO bus routes and by taxis, by land, by the Alilaguna motorboats and by water taxis, by sea. Moving by land from Marco Polo Airport to reach the historical city centre of Venice, you arrive in Piazzale Roma, the bus terminal and the point of arrival for whoever wants to visit the city coming by car, a sort of last outpost of the mainland.

In fact, from Piazzale Roma you can continue only on foot, or with the ACTV water buses, or by water taxi. In Venice you can’t go by car!

There is an ACTV public bus service from Marco Polo Airport in Tessera to Venice, Piazzale Roma bus terminal, and to the centre of Mestre.


Treviso Airport
Treviso Airport is yet another alternative at hand for tourists who want to fly to Venice. Located deeper inland than Marco Polo, Treviso Airport is mainly serviced by low-cost airline companies, such as Ryanair, Belle Air, German Wings, Wizz Air and Transavia. This is an ideal opportunity for budget travelers who come from Amsterdam, Bucharest, Casablanca, Barcelona or Dublin.

The airport transfers from Treviso Airport to Venice are insured by ATVO, and, despite the distance (some 30 kilometers to Venice), they are fairly reliable and time and cost-efficient.