My employee and I are travelling to Tuscany for a two week professional retreat during the month of August, and seeing as how it was cheaper to fly in and out of Venice and take the train to the retreat, we decided to do this. I have a few questions, but my main one is in regards to our return flight.
We will be taking the train back from Florence on a Sunday night arriving in Venice around 6:30pm. Our international flight leaves Marco Polo airport Monday morning at 11:30am. What time do we need to be at the airport, and where is the best place for an overnight? Near the train station? Near the airport? Somewhere in Venice proper that is quick and easy to get to the airport? How do we travel to the airport on Monday morning to assure that we arrive on time?
The other area I am looking for advice is in regards to the day we will have in Venice upon arriving. We will arrive around 9am on a Tuesday morning, and will be taking the train to Florence around 3pm on Wednesday -- giving us a day and half to enjoy Venice. I already have a guesthouse booked walking distance to Saint Mark's square, though we won't be able to "check in" until Tuesday afternoon (we can drop our luggage though). Any thoughts on something to do on Tuesday that allows us to just soak in the ambience of Venice?
I have been to Venice for a full trip about 9 years ago, so I'm not expecting or needing to do anything particularly touristy - I've already taken all the historical tours, etc. in the past. The family member I previously visited Venice with passed away this last September, and he and I absolutely loved Venice -- just enjoying wandering down the alleys at night, soaking in the ambience and get a great meal - so I'm hoping to find somewhere to go or something to do for our one day/night in Venice that honors my former favorite travel companion.