Venice… is there a city name more evocative? The word conjures instant images of an enchanting city built on water, of bridges, painted gondolas, carnival masks and exquisite glass. But sure, Venice can also be crowded in the peak season and the canals get ripe with the summer heat. But even then you are only ever a lane, or a bridge, away from a secret city, an artisan mask maker, or an undiscovered trattoria. Rent a campervan and discover the exotic attractions of Venice.
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Things to see and do in Venice on your campervan trip
You need to start at the Piazza San Marco, so you can visit the stunning Italo-Byzantine St Mark’s Basilica. This domed cathedral is a riot of golden mosaics. It is also very heavily touristed, so not all areas are open for viewing, but technology is being employed to enhance the visitor experience. Also in the Piazza is the Doge’s Palace, another Venetian landmark.
With the biggest must-dos of Venice tourism ticked off, the next thing to do is, get lost! Wander along canals, over bridges and through lanes. Venice is full of crafts people, the glass-blowers of Murano, the intricate lace-makers of Burano, or the cartapesta, papier-mâché mask creators for Carnivale. The genuine articles are going to be expensive, but if you can find authentic artists in their studios, they are a joy to watch.
And a gondola ride, of course! Depending on your budget, you can catch a ride on the Traghetti -ferry-like gondolas which cross the Grand Canal from point A to B. They will sport two Gondoliers, and cost just 2 Euros per person. But do you really want to miss a moonlight tour under the Bridge of Sighs? Do a bit of homework, all gondolas are regulated by the Ente Gondola authority. Tours are usually about 40 minutes long and should cost between 80 and 100 Euros. Write down the duration and cost agreed before you set off, then sit back and relax.
Venice is famous for two important events. Carnivale is a photographer’s delight of costumes and masks and is held every year around February or March. The dates vary as it is tied into Easter, and ends just before Lent. The Venice Biennale is a major contemporary art exhibition which is held every two years. As well as art, it incorporates cinema, architecture, music, dance and theatre.
Food and Drink in Venice
To keep down the costs of eating out, visit street corner bacari - these are small bars that serve ciccheti, tapas-like snacks that cost just one or two euros. A local specialty drink is Prosecco, a sparkling white wine which you can order by itself, or in a spritz, with Campari.
Where to stay in Venice
Camping Fusina is at the mouth of the Brenta River and looks across the water to Venice. From the campground to the city is a 20-minute ferry ride and is a stunning way to approach.
Road Trips from Venice
The Venice Marco Polo Airport is on the Italian mainland, 8km north of the city. From Venice, you can easily travel to Verona as a day trip or make it a stop on your way to Florence.
Alternatively, you can hop on a ferry to Pula and go explore Croatia.
Driving Tips in Venice:
You don’t! You need to find a campsite or parking spot where you can take public transport into the city. Even if you haven’t flown into Venice Marco Polo Airport, this will have the cheapest parking, and you can easily catch a shuttle from there.