Visiting Venice from Treviso
There are times when you are travelling where you can save serious money (and your sanity) by staying a short distance away from a tourist hot-spot. A situation just like this presents itself when you visit Venice, the selfie capital of Europe.
Accommodation along-side the canals comes with a price tag, and while it might be fun for one night, there are other places you can stay that are worth checking out but are only a 30-60 minute train ride away.
We chose Treviso as our base for 3 nights and couldn’t recommend it highly enough. You can explore the park-like City walls surrounding the town, eat at family owned restaurants and stroll round feeling like a local even if you are only there for a short time. We stayed at Terzopiano B&B, a small collection of large ensuite rooms with a shared kitchen, right in the middle of Treviso.
Tip: Make sure you try Da Roberto Pizzeria, we went there twice it was so good. You could also try Osteria Dalla Gigia where you can buy little takeaway deep fried sandwiches and tiny glasses of wine for cheap! Plus they have a collection of ancient cell-phones for some reason?
Trains to Venice run every half an hour so try to pick somewhere a reasonable distance from the station, Terzopiano B&B is a 5-10 minute flat walk.
Travelling in mid-August we discovered (to our surprise) that everything shuts down in Italy around this time, approximately August 13th – 22nd. Shops were closed for the holiday, restaurants were locked up tight, locals were obviously far off at a beach somewhere. This is handy if you like your travel destinations a little quieter, but frustrating if your top tripadvisor or happycow restaurant choices are closed!
Onwards to Venice!
It hits you the moment you step off the train. You get jostled by some burly tourists, you see crowds of people everywhere you look and without fail, somewhere in the distance you can hear someone playing the godfather theme on the accordian. Venice is an onslaught to the senses.
Step 1. Escape the crowds. No matter how busy Venice is, you can find a street where there is hardly anyone else around. Thanks to it’s labrynth of canals and alleyways you can find peace and quiet here within a hundred meters of the Grande Armée of tourists nearby. Give up on trying to follow your progress on google maps and simply soak in your surroundings.
Step 2. A trip to the palace. Eventually you will come across St Mark’s Square. After the obligatory jaw drop, head to the Doge’s palace, located near the water. An outlandish, over the top example of typical Italian over-indulgence. The ridiculousness of the entire setup may drive you crazy, but at the very least it will be fun to look at. Don’t miss walking over the bridge of sighs where it is said that convicted prisoners could get their last look at the beauty of Venice before being condemned.
Step 3. Get something to eat. Don’t be a chump and eat at the over-priced crappy restaurants located in every popular square in Italy. They usually aren’t very good, or at the least will be horrendously over priced. Be smart and head to the Northern part of Venice – the Cannaregio neighbourhood. Here you will find plenty of more affordable options where they actually have to make an effort to be good and win business. It’s also a cool area to check out which a lot of other cruise-boat leashed tourists don’t get to.
There are also lots of quieter restaurants in the Castello area. To find this, head North along the water outside the Doge’s palace for about 20 minutes until you come to a wide boulevard with lots of fun looking restaurants and not many selfie-sticks.
Gondola rides. We’ve all seen them in the movies and yeah they look pretty cool. They even get into traffic jams when it’s busy! No matter where you go in Venice they cost 80 Euros, so don’t bother hunting round for a deal, just go for it if that’s what you’re into.
Oh and as always keep your wallet and phone close at all times. Don’t have your holiday ruined by pick-pocketers!
Want to explore more of Italy? Verona is only 1.5 hours away by train. You can read all about it here.