Venice

Beauty so Intense, You’ll Get a Heart Sinking Feeling

You are whisked into this wonderfully amazing, canal-lined city, by train (Le Frecce service gets you here fastest) and arrive into the main rail station of Santa Lucia. As you exit station, and step out into Venice, you are in for a real cultural awakening. Watch local artists as they go to work on their paintings, and the gentle course the gondolas travel on as they navigate the many canals. Welcome to Venice!

Now imagine you've flown into the city. Same effect? We didn't think so.

There's no way to describe a city so mythical, so ethereal in just a page. Instead, focus on the feeling, even when enjoying touristy pursuits. Have a Bellini where the drink originated – Harry's Bar at Cipriani's near Piazza San Marco. Pretend you're Hemingway crafting your next story. Take a vaporetto ride to the Guggenheim museum and imagine yourself at home, just as Peggy did. Feed the pigeons in St. Mark's Square, and rejoice in getting a little good luck on your shoulder.

Only have a day? Shame as it may be, Rail Europe offers a Venice tour that includes both land and sea. Called Venice in 1 Day, this tour combines our Original Venice Walking Tour and our Grand Canal Boat Tour. You'll enjoy a fully escorted 2-hour walking tour of Venice with priority access to St. Mark's Basilica. Plus, enjoy a guided one-hour boat tour on the Grand Canal.

This is an expensive city, which is why so many travelers take a day trip here instead of staying a day, a week or a lifetime here (ah, if only.) With our Eurail Italy Rail Pass, easily access Venice from almost any point in Italy. Only three hours from Milan, have lunch in Sante Croce and be back for The Last Supper. The Eternal City of Rome is under four hours. Could you drive? Yes. But why would you? The Italian signs you can't read, the speed limits Italians ignore, the traffic – it's all so…uncivilized. And flying? Let's see, spend hours in the airport before your plane even takes off? Or staring out your window, watching the world go by, enjoying an espresso and meeting a new friend.

This is the art of travel. Visiting Venice by train? A brushstroke of genius.

Contributed by: Mick, Rail Europe French Bilingual Staff, studied in France and became a nomad backpacker in Europe.


Grand Canal, Venice

Venice's magnificant Grand Canal at dusk.

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Original Venice Walking Tour

St Mark's Square, Venice

Explore the magical, mythic beauty of Venice on the two-hour Original Venice Walking Tour. With your local, English-speaking guide, you’ll see all the sights that have made this city one of the most visited in the world.

Original Venice Walking Tour

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