Road to Venice

8.1.11

Here's a budget friendly post. After spending 180 euros just on transport on my last trip to Rome, this time I decided to use the regional trains and save on money. While the regional trains don't travel long distances, the travel from city to city. So you might have to take 2-3 trains to get to your destination. So I picked Verona as a stopover and as a bonus I made sure I spent a couple of hours there before I headed out to Venice.

To break down my transport cost, Milan to Verona - 14 euros, Verona to Venice - 14 euros.
That's a total of 28 euros one way, which is pretty amazing instead of spending 80-90 euros. Also the best part about these regional trains are that once you have your ticket, you can catch any train. The train frequency is 25-45 minutes and you can get anyone so you don't have to hurry to catch it.

VERONA








VENICE


In Venice, instead of staying in the main city, I got down at Mestre, which is a stop before Venice. From there I headed out to Camping Fusina which is the most amazing place I've stayed at. In fact, I prolonged my stay in Venice because I loved this place - with their mobile homes and trailer parks and the amazing people I met, from fellow travelers and visitors to their staff.












TIPS AND REMINDERS WHILE VISITING VERONA & VENICE

Check the weather before visiting. Verona seems fine throughout the year, however Venice is best during spring-summer that is from February till about September.


Verona the city is a 5-10 minute walk from the train station. While many people resorted to taking taxis, I preferred the walk and the streets were good enough for me to drag my mini trolley bag as well.


Again in Venice instead of taking the water taxis, I preferred walking around on foot armed with just a map of the city. I did get lost a number of times and reached a number of dead ends but it was worth it.


While in Verona, Casa di Giulietta is the main attraction and a must see. Apart from Juilet's house the Verona Arena (mini Colosseum), the cathedral, Piazza delle Erbe (which is the loveliest square in all of Italy and has flea markets and small souvenir shops), Castelvecchio and the Scaligero bridge - which is amazing to watch the sunset from, are all places to consider visiting. Climb the clock tower for a view of this quaint city.


In Venice the main attraction is St. Mark's Square and basilica. Also must see places are Doge's Palace and the Rialto Bridge. Also a lot of art and design is prevalent in this city, so look out for mini museums and libraries and a lot of impressive visual displays in shop windows.


Check train timings especially when travelling by the regional trains. These trains stop operating from a particular time and will commence only the next day and you could get stranded at the train station (happened to me! read below)


I was positive there was a train back from Venice - Verona and Verona - Milan and took all the time in the world to get back to the station. I arrived just as a train left to Verona. After a mini conversation with one of the officials at the station in broken Italian, I learned that although there was a train back to Verona, there wasn't one to Milan after that. The train I thought existed, did exist, but only on Sundays and public holidays (and it said so in fine print at the bottom, in Italian!) So I of course took the last train to Verona, spent the night in a stationery train at the Verona station, the same train that was supposed to take me back to Milan! Isn't travel fun?

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