Our second time in Venice was sort of a do-over, the first, a few years ago, was a bit of a write off with both of us quite ill and not able to leave our hotel room for very long stints.
This time we were healthy, would be staying longer and would be armed with a Venezia Unica public transport pass. This pretty well guaranteed a good time would be had.
We were staying in Mestre, and the pass made it easy to jump on a bus right outside our B & B and zip over to Venice, a short 15-minute ride. Once there, it allowed us access on all vaporettos so over 4 days, we covered a lot of Venice and also Burano and Murano.
The pass is easy to use. Once you purchase it, you need to activate it on your first trip. To do this find the validating machine on the bus or outside the vaporetto station, touch the card to the front, where you see the diagram of a hand holding a card, and that’s it, the card is activated. Just do the same thing each time you get on the mode of transport of your choice and you’re good to go.
Bring a map, if you want to hit the big sights but at some point, you will certainly get lost and that’s half the fun.
Have you been to Venice? Did you use public transportation?
Disclosure: We were sponsored by Venezia Unica and given two 72 hour cards, the opinions in this post are our own.