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Seeking advice - Travelling to Venice

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Seeking advice - Travelling to Venice

Leaving for Italy in the spring starting in Rome travelling by train to florence, venice where we are taking a cruise returning to flying where we fly out of. Given the challenges with dealing with high prices of hotels in venice.

Is it better to lake an early morning train (7:00 am) from either Florence or spending the night prior in Bologna and take train to venice that would arrive at 11 or 12:00 - for a cruise leaving venice port in a late afternoon?

Returning from cruise we are considering 2 nights before the flight departs, would be better staying in manestre or on the island?

the concern are arriving on time to port for a cruise departure and arriving to the airport for an early flight out of venice.

Would not staying on the island be an impediment to enjoying the atmosphere in Venice.

Would we be better off staying 1 night in venice and 1 night being the last in Manestre?

Thank you for your help

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1. Re: Seeking advice - Travelling to Venice

Venice does not have to be expensive with some research,and much more practical than staying else where,, also on your return from the cruise, Venice is much more favorable than staying in Mestre (which I think you refer too)

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2. Re: Seeking advice - Travelling to Venice

If you find that Venice hotels don’t quite fit your travel budget, I would recommend staying at a hotel in Mestre, near the Mestre railway station, where prices tend to be considerably lower. This is where I stay whenever I visit Venice.

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Mestre for Venice cruise passengers:

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There are frequent trains and buses from Mestre to Venice that take around fifteen minutes to get to Piazzale Roma, the gateway to Venice—which is a little over two miles from Mestre.

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You very often get a much better hotel room (larger and more modern) for your money. Plus, you won’t have to carry heavy luggage aboard crowded vaporetti, across stepped bridges, and up narrow staircases to get to your hotel room—a big advantage for some seniors and those with disabilities, particularly during periods of heavy flooding.

Below are four excellent, inexpensive hotels near or opposite the train station in Mestre that come with a bountiful free buffet breakfast. Have a look at the TripAdvisor reviews by people who recently stayed at these hotels.

The Best Western Hotel Bologna, directly in front of the Mestre railway station.

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The Hotel Plaza is situated in front of the Mestre railway station.

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The Hotel Tritone, near the Mestre railway station.

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Hotel Cris in Mestre is a budget hotel situated near the Mestre train station.

http://www.hotelcris.it/?lang=en

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3. Re: Seeking advice - Travelling to Venice

Having taken several cruises (although not from Venice), I would never -- ever -- plan on traveling to the departure port on the same day as the cruise departure. Too much can go wrong en route. And you never know what surprises may await you at the cruise terminal, such as your ship not being at the terminal you were told it would be, but rather at some other terminal on the other side of the city. (This was our experience and that of many other passengers in Stockholm a couple of years ago, with Silversea; and I understand that this was not the first time Silversea had done it.) In fact, my strong advice would be to plan on two nights in the departure city, so if you get delayed a day en route you still have a cushion.

As to Venice vs. Mestre, we've visited Venice and I cannot imagine staying on the mainland unless you absolutely cannot find a hotel in Venice proper that fits your budget. With all respect to Monte from Philadelphia, it seems to me that day-tripping into Venice would be like going to an amusement park. If you want to experience Venice, as opposed to "Veniceland," do everything possible to stay in the city. After the day-trippers and the cruise tourists (sometimes as many as 10 shiploads worth) get off the streets, it's magical.

As to the night before your flight, the Alilaguna boats go from various points in Venice proper directly to the airport. No need to go back to Mestre at all.

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4. Re: Seeking advice - Travelling to Venice

I think it is a better idea to spend the night before boarding your cruise in Venice then arriving on the same day. You want to stay in Venice - not in Mestre. In fact, if I can give you any suggestion at all, I would spend the three days/nights in Venice before the cruise and fly home immediately after. It sounds like you are embarking on a lovely, long holiday and you may be just done with it by the end of the cruise and just want to go home. This is what I heard from friends so I am merely passing it on.

As far as hotel rates, and by no means am I being disrespectful of your challenges.. but, it sounds like your holiday will not be inexpensive. What are you looking to save here? Will paying 100 Euro less for a hotel room make it or break it for you? What is the difference between a 7K holiday and a 7K + 100 Euro? Sometimes we fixate on the smallest aspect and do not look at the bigger picture. Do not ruin your experience by trying to save a few Euro.

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5. Re: Seeking advice - Travelling to Venice

I absolutely endorse Anna-Roz's comments (and not just because she essentially endorsed mine) -- including her point that by the end of the cruise you may well just want to go home. That's certainly been our experience after a cruise that followed a nice land trip.

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6. Re: Seeking advice - Travelling to Venice

Stay in Venice...there are so many hotels that are reasonably priced...stay near the train station....try hotel Abbazzia....do a search here on tripadvisor for good priced hotels....we have never spent a lot of money on a Venice hotel and never were disappointed.

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7. Re: Seeking advice - Travelling to Venice

"Would not staying on the island be an impediment to enjoying the atmosphere in Venice."

Absolutely! It's like the difference between being a participant and a spectator.

"Would we be better off staying 1 night in venice and 1 night being the last in Manestre?"

No. You'll spend all your time packing, moving, unpacking. Moving between locations tales a lot longer than you think. This is time that could be put to good use exploring Venice.

As the ever reliable Sophie said, Venice doesn't have to be expensive. And there's nothing quite like waking up, opening your door, and you're immediately there. A lot of the shine (if there ever was any) seems to have vanished from Mestre these days. There's reports in these forums on just how seedy and dangerous it has become, particularly around the train station.

Stay in Venice. There's nothing quite like it anywhere in the world.

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8. Re: Seeking advice - Travelling to Venice

Great advice - How long does it take to get to the airport from the island of venice tot he airport because we are leaving on an early morning flight

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9. Re: Seeking advice - Travelling to Venice

Depends where you stay and which mode of transport,, a pre booked Water Taxi allow half an hour as it is a short walk from the terminal, this can be expensive, a Bus from Piazzale Roma which takes about 20 minutes the first is at 04.40, the Airport does not really open and get going till 05.00,

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