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Side trip from venice after cruise

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Side trip from venice after cruise

We are a 70 year young couple from texas.

We have 4 days (Nov 21 to Noc 25) after our cruise.

Issues are: where? Lombardi region, how-rent car? b-b we enjoy

Interests- food, wine, historical sites,

advise would be appreciated

thanks

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1. Re: Side trip from venice after cruise

You could actually take day trips from Venice by train or bus to beautiful places like Padua, Mantua, Verona and Vicenza.

Padua, The Scrovegni Chapel (book in advance), the basilica of St Anthony, the markets, Villas on the way, such as Stra, Brenta Canal

Mantua, a huge ducal palace filled with gorgeous rooms, vibrant squares, several beautiful churches, Palazzo Te, good food, good shopping

Verona, Roman arena and theatre, Romeo and Juliet nonsense, lovely squares and river and restaurants, opera if you are there in the season, held in the arena.

Vicenza, go on a Wednesday and visit Palladio's masterpiece La Rotonda and the Villa Valmarana. Other architecture in the town by Palladio including a beautiful theatre with a permanent set and curved seating, views from Mt Berico.

Then you have Venice to come home to each night.

Of course a lot depends on where you are flying out from. This plan makes sens if it is Venice, but not if it is Pisa or Rome.

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2. Re: Side trip from venice after cruise

Four days I really think that your will find enough to keep you happy in Venice alone,

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3. Re: Side trip from venice after cruise

Thank you so much for good advise.

To do these side trips by train or bus, Is it best to stay in Venice proper(we are there 3 days before cruise) or in the airport area?

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4. Re: Side trip from venice after cruise

Really do think Venice proper, there is nothing much at all around the Airport, you would miss so much out of Venice,

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5. Re: Side trip from venice after cruise

IF you are flying back to the USA from Venice then I agree that you could stay in Venice and make day trips to the cities that have been suggested.

You could also stay in one of the previously named cities and just make sure you will have time to get back for your plane home.

IF you can arrange to fly home from another area like Florence or Milan then you could visit those areas if you choose. I really think the key is which airport you use to fly home!

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6. Re: Side trip from venice after cruise

If you have not previously visited Venice, such as time before your cruise, then please don't plan too many outings from Venice in your 4 days, there is just too much to explore in Venice itself. If you are flying out of Venice then stay in the city, it is so vibrant and much more interesting when the large crowds have left for the day. Staying near the airport means missing out on so much happening at night. There are good bus connections to the airport for your flight out.

If I were to choose one of the side trips I would personally go to Padua. You can do that by bus from Piazzale Roma which is at the top of the Grand Canal. You just catch a vaporetto up to P Roma. The other towns are probably better done by train from Santa Lucia station, also at the top of the Grand Canal. All wheeled transport into Venice comes over a causeway from the mainland.

If you go to Padua, make sure you book for the Scrovegni Chapel. The entire walls are art works by Giotto and it is magnificent. The baptistry to the duomo is also covered by frescoes inside and is magnificent. The church to St Anthony of Padua is an interesting architectural style and has some treasures inside, though I found the tomb of the saint a bit difficult to handle. The markets are fantastic, inside and outside.

www.cappelladegliscrovegni.it/eng/index_e.htm

images.google.com.au/images?hl=en-GB&q=scrovegni+chapel&sourceid=navclient-ff&rlz=1B3GGGL_enAU267AU267&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=wwHySo3EL6Dy6gP4-5HFBg&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CBQQsAQwAA

If you have not been to Italy before you will be amazed by the age of the architecture and the fact that buildings from the 12th century are still in use.

Have a great trip.

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7. Re: Side trip from venice after cruise

Thank you so much.

We are definitely going to Padua. Sounds very interesting. Will see how our energy holds out and if possible want to go to Verona.

Everyone`s advise has been greatly appreciated.

thank you

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8. Re: Side trip from venice after cruise

We spent a night in Padua between Tuscany and flying out of Venice airport (we'd stayed Venice at the beginning of our trip). We LOVED Padua. I have an art historian friend who believes the Scrovegni is one (if not the) crown jewel of Italy. But you must book in advance. We stayed at the Belludi 37 and it was perfect! We had an amazing view of St. Anthony's and the street scene below. We found St. Anthony's to be very interesting as a truly "working" Catholic pilgrimage spot, and though not religious ourselves, were very moved by the intense exhibitions of faith we saw in many who visited. Wandering around the university, along the river, etc. was wonderful.

The owners of the Belludi Hotel also own or have interest in several spa resorts ("terme") in the surrounding Euganean area. They look glorious and we would love to go back sometime soon and explore the Veneto further and visit some of these other resorts. I'm sure if you emailed them your interest, they'd happily send more info.

Easy to get to & from Venice by both train or bus (bus took us right to the airport).

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