With recent problems of overtourism in Venice, there are times when you may want to escape on a day trip, of which there are many. Here are a few of our favourites.
Venice to Treviso
Travel from Venice to Treviso in around 30 mins, a charming canal-covered city that has far fewer visitors than Venice. Visit the central Palazzo dei Trecento, explore the trendy shops and enjoy the fine dining associated with this small city.
Venice to Bibione
Travelling west on a short 40 mins train ride will see you reaching the coastal town of Bibione where you can spend your time lounging on the beach. Make sure to spot the famous Punta Tagliamento Lighthouse which really adds to the coastal charm of this seaside spot.
Venice to Jesolo
A shorter journey of 17 mins takes you from Venice to Jesolo, which boasts a busy but beautiful beach and a colourful bar scene.
Venice to Trieste
The local train ride can take less than 2 hrs, passing Miramare Castle along the way and offering wonderful views of the Golfo di Trieste. Trieste is a singular Italian city thanks to its Austro-Hungarian and Slovenian influences. This elegant port city is a perfect destination for those seeking to escape the crowds.
Travelling to Venice
Getting to Venice by rail is relatively easy from anywhere in Italy. You can travel by train from Rome to Venice on high-speed Frecciarossa trains, which takes 3 hrs and 12 mins, a quicker rail journey than going from London to Edinburgh by train. Have lunch in the Frecciarossa restaurant car which uses fresh and local ingredients to make sure you won’t go hungry on the journey.
Another great feature of this route is not only the speed but also having the option to break up your journey. The train passes through Florence, Bologna and Padua. All three cities are worth a visit and you can tweak your ticket to give yourself plenty of time in each.
Travelling from Milan to Venice by train takes 2 hrs. On the way, you pass through Brescia, Verona, Vicenza and Padua, each offering their own charms and draws. Padua, for example, has a dense network of arcaded streets opening into a large communal piazza, and many bridges crossing the various branches of the Bacchiglione, which once surrounded the ancient walls like a moat. The landscape on this route is further enhanced as it gives you the chance to catch a glimpse of the Lake Garda during the journey.
Photo credits top to bottom: Frecciarossa ©Trenitalia, View of the city Treviso iStock ©PM78, Venice Beach and the Mediterranean Sea iStock ©StockImages_AT, Lido di Jesolo, Adriatic Sea Italy iStock ©eurotravel, Bologna cityscape view iStock ©RossHelen, Grand Canal of Venice at twilight with gondola ©mammuth, Trieste, CC0 Creative Commons
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