Most popular day trips from Venice
Murano is one of the many islands close to Venice, and it is most famous for its glass blowing factories that offer demonstrations. This is a great place just to simply soak up and explore, but make sure check out the main square and one of the many glass blowing factories.
To get there, take the number 12 ferry from the San Zaccaria stop (near Saint Mark's Square). Murano should be the first stop on this line.
Burano is another island close to Venice, and it is very close to the island of Murano. Burano is a photography dream with its colourful doll-like houses. Other points of interest are the many fresh seafood options in this fisherman's village, and it is the best place to find handmade lace.
To get there, take the number 12 ferry from the San Zaccaria stop (near Saint Mark's Square) and get off at Burano (2 stops after the Murano stop).
The island of Torcello is slightly off the beaten track for tourists even though it is fairly well- known, and it is a great place to escape the crowds. Go to relax, admire the rose gardens and tranquility, and climb the tower in the Santa Maria Assunta church for views of the surrounding area.
To get there, first you have to take the number 12 ferry to the island of Burano, then transfer to the number 9 traghetto to get across to Torcello (only another 5 minutes away).
4. Lake Garda
View of the town Malcesine on the front of lake Garda
Lake Garda is a fairly popular holiday destination in Italy and it is characterized by its absolutely stunning scenery and blue lake landscapes. A day trip here would boast trips across the lake or cable car rides up the mountain to see the stunning surroundings, visiting historic sites such as Castello Scaligero or the eclectic Il Vittoriale degli Italiani, or taking a fun filled trip to Gardaland theme park.
To get there, go to Venice's Santa Lucia station and take the train to Peschiera del Garda. The price and time will vary depending on which train you take (there is a difference between the fast trains and the cheaper regional trains). But you can get there in more or less 90 minutes.
Verona is most well-known for its connection to the story of Romeo and Juliet, and no visit to this city would be complete without a stop at Juliet's balcony. Other points of interest in this city are the enormous Roman arena, and the Castelvecchio battlements that you can walk along.
Trains from Venice to Verona are cheap and frequent. Simply take the train from the central station to the Verona central station. Again, times and prices may vary depending on which train you take, but you can get there in a little over an hour.
Ravenna is home to some of the oldest churches and the most incredible and world-renowned mosaics. Make sure you visit the church of San Vitale to catch a glimpse of these historic artworks, and take a stroll through the traffic free town center.
Take the fast train from the Venice Mestre Station to reach Ravenna. Note: All trains from the central Santa Lucia station go through the Venice Mestre station a few minutes later. This is a slightly longer journey and can take 2 hours each way.
The train from Venice's main train station to Treviso Centrale station is fairly fast - a 40 minute ride - but the timetable can sometimes be a bit irregular, so make sure you check the timetables for the day you want to go.
To get to the small town of Mantua, you can take the train from Venice's Santa Lucia station, and take it to Mantova (the name of the station is Ferrovie Stazione di Mantova). The name is misleading, but this is the main station in Mantua.It will take you about 100 minutes each way.
Cortina d'Ampezzo is a small town that is located at the base of the Dolomites in the Italian Alps. This is not something that most people think to do when they visit Venice, but if you have the time this area provides dramatic mountain landscapes and outdoor activities.
There are several ways to get to this area. If you can, it can be a good idea to hire your own car so that you can go at your own pace, as this area is quite far away. A drive will take you 2 hours.
If you are taking public transport, there are two ways to get there. You can either catch the train from Santa Lucia Station to Cazzo di Cadore, then transfer to a bus that will take you to Cordina's town center. Alternatively, you can catch a bus from Venice's Mestre station straight to Cordina (this is shorter and you do not need to transfer).
10. Brenta Canal Cruise
Boats depart from Venice itself, so just find a tour, sit back relax.
From Venice, you can visit other cities in the Veneto region, such as:
- Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet;
- Padua, rich in history, which houses the famous Scrovegni Chapel, frescoed by Giotto;
- Vicenza, home of the architect Palladio that houses the Basilica in Piazza dei Signori
- and the beautiful Treviso, a city crossed by the river Sile that creates natural evocative scenery.
All these places are easily reachable by train, at a ridiculous price and in a short time, the most distant, Verona can be reached by train in just 2 hours.
In one day from enchanting Venice, it will be possible for you visit another of the cities in this beautiful region !!