Venice Italy. There’s so much to say. If you want to learn the extensive history of Venice, there’s an abundance of information and sight seeing tours that you can choose from. I’d like to share with you the experience, and the feelings I had during my four days in this magnificent city, with my kids in tow.

Venice has no cars, no trucks, no buses, no motorcycles, actually no scooters or skateboards, nothing on wheels.

Everything is done by boat. Garbage trucks, UPS, actually DHL, mail delivery, police, taxis, buses (public transportation) ambulances, freight delivery to stores, food delivery to restaurants and retail stores and supermarkets, are ALL done by boat. This is extremely intriguing and is a real joy, and a huge part of the experience to witness. I actually saw a woman’s gurney rolled onto an ambulance and taken away.

The canals start as “water” when you first arrive, however after a while, you begin not to see them as water so much, but as liquid streets, which is exactly what they are. Amazing, and it really provided a different perspective to the kids, who were completely intrigued and excited..

We departed from El Pratt airport in Barcelona, and landed at Marco Polo airport outside of Venice with a flight time of about an hour and fifty minutes.

Days before, I teased my wife Amy about wasting money, with her paper tab transparency purchase. You know, those transparent folders that you find in the office and school supply stores. Anyway, I swallowed my words, as the organization provided by using the transparency folder to hold tickets, documents, passports, etc. proved invaluable.

Usually we keep boarding passes on our phone, but issuing the kids and ourselves individual tickets is definitely better, and having traveled extensively using both scenarios, I suggest printing individual tickets. It’s much easier.

Getting To Venice From Marco Polo Airport

The airport is actually 13 km or a little over 8 miles from Venice. We had some options at this point.

  • There are public buses with WHEELS, that will take you to the northeastern tip of Venice, the only place cars and buses are permitted.
  • There are parking lots on the pier, and in the area, and pricing seemed a bit expensive. If you arrive by car, it seems to make more sense parking on the “mainland” and using public transportation to get to Venice.
  • The buses from the airport are eight euros per person, kids under 12 ride free!!!. Takes 30 minutes, it’s about 6 or 8 stops. Great deal, but I wanted a great experience, and arriving in Venice by bus was not my vision.
  • The second option is by boat, using the water bus to Venice. The water bus is OK, cost is Fifteen Euros per person, kids are full fare.
  • The third option is a cab. The taxis are classic Venetian taxi speedboats, beautifully appointed, driver in front, an enclosed area in the center and an open area aft. Cost is One Hundred Twenty Five euros or more. This is the equivalent of taking a limousine from the airport to Venice. We chose the taxi, and for us, it was a great choice.

We got our key to the Air BnB and walked to our apartment. When visiting Venice, unless you have a 500 euro transportation budget for local travel, be prepared to walk, and walk, and walk. Even the day water bus passes are pricey at twenty euros per person for twenty four hours, unlimited travel, remember we are traveling with four people.

Venice is a series of over 100 islands separated by smaller and larger canals. You literally walk for five to eight minutes, then must climb steps to access the next bridge. The best weather and thinner crowds can be found in October and November. 

If you visit in August, as we did, ninety degrees Fahrenheit temperatures require you to be in decent condition, and to remain hydrated. We were sure to pay close attention to the kids, because when they’re amazed or distracted, our kids tend to not realize when they’re tired or thirsty, under the Mediterranean sun, sometimes.

This was our first day in Venice. Stay tuned for our trip to Murano and Burano as well as St Marks Square and discovering Venice.

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