Discover boutique hotels in Venice, Italy
When to go
August is hot, sticky and full of tourists. Autumn can be lovely. February is great if you’re going to the ball for carnival, but trying to find a hotel room in that month is no picnic.
PlanesMarco Polo (www.veniceairport.com) and Treviso airports (www.trevisoairport.com) serve Venice. From Marco Polo take the public ferry or travel into the centre in style aboard a speedboat (this will set you back around €100 each). From Treviso it’s a 25-minute taxi journey (€70); or hop on a ATVO Eurobus for €5; it takes 80 mins.
BoatsVenice’s vaporettos provide an inexpensive way to get from A to B (www.actv.it). They all take the same route; the difference is how many stops they make, which can take some time. If you want to arrive at your hotel in style, book a water taxi or vintage speedboat: try Venice Water Taxi (www.venicewatertaxi.com).
TrainsVenice is well connected to other Italian cities – Padua, Vicenza and Treviso are all within easy reach. You can also travel overnight from London via Paris to Venice on the train; see www.eurostar.com and www.italiarail.com for details. Santa Lucia station is on the Grand Canal, so jump on a water taxi or the Grand Canal water bus.
AutomobilesAvoid taking a car; you have to park on the mainland and get a train or water taxi.
TaxisUse public water buses (€6.50 a journey, or €14 for a 12-hour travelcard); they all take the same route – the difference is how many stops they make. You can hail or call for a water taxi, but they can be pricey.