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* After a fun-filled but hectic week in Rome, we took the train from Rome to Venice.  Having left home so abruptly, of course we did not have advance tickets; but we checked the rail schedule and bought the tickets in Rome.  At the ticket master's advice, we bought second class rail tickets.  They were much cheaper than first class, the seats were quite nice and unlike the first class cabin which was packed, there was quite a bit of empty room in second class.
*  The trip takes about 5 hours (I think), with just a couple stops.  The scenery is pretty along the way, and we used the time to catch up on our guidebook and plan our days in Venice.  However, we nearly made a very bad mistake.  There are two rail stops in Venice.  The second one is actually on the island (which is what we wanted).  We nearly got off at the first one until some nice lady pointed out the error of our ways.

*  We noticed that Venice is fairly close to Milan - a lot closer to Milan than to Rome.  Next time, I think we would fly to Rome, see Rome, take the train to Venice, enjoy Venice, then take the train to Milan and fly home from Milan.  It would be a more expedient return trip.

Murano Rialto Bridge and Market San Marcos San Basilio San Basilio San Giorgio Arsenale Boats and Canals Venice map

Click on the map to see various sights in Venice

*  Arriving in Venice, you walk out the other side of the rail terminal and you are on the canal.  It's a bit daunting the first time to figure out which Vaporetto (water bus) you need, but by the end of our stay we were quite adept at finding the right one, going in the right direction.

*  We had arranged for a two bedroom apartment in Venice, in the San Basilio area.  Our first order of business was to take the water bus to San Basilio to set up house in our new apartment.  We absolutely loved this arrangement.  Our apartment opened onto two separate little quite cobblestone plazas.  Although it was old, it was spacious and quite functional.  We were just down the canal from a market, so we were able to get foods to cook for breakfast (and snacks), and we had a (clothes) washer and a clothesline.  We loved being "in the neighborhood", and on the island nothing is ever far away so it was quite convenient.  We also loved having a quite place to retire to after our long days.

Satellite view of Venice

Google Earth satellite view of Venice
The "fishline" at the head of the fish is the railway

LINKS:  (these open in a new window so you don't lose this site)
* Lonely Planet Guide to Venice

* UNESCO World Heritage Site (Venice & its Lagoon)

* Rail Italy  
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Canal at Rail Station Canal at Rail Station
The canal at the rail station
Water bus Water bus
The ubiquitous water bus (Vaporetto), which is sometimes crowded in the main tourist areas
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San Basilio

*  We had arranged for a two bedroom apartment in Venice, in the San Basilio area.  Our first order of business was to take the water bus to San Basilio to set up house in our new apartment.  We absolutely loved this arrangement.  Our apartment opened onto two separate little quite cobblestone plazas.  Although it was old, it was spacious and quite functional.  We were just down the canal from a market, so we were able to get foods to cook for breakfast (and snacks), and we had a (clothes) washer and a clothesline.  We loved being "in the neighborhood", and on the island nothing is ever far away so it was quite convenient.  We also loved having a quite place to retire to after our long days.

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Waterfront Waterfront
Waterfront arrival in the San Basilio area The church spires you see are actually on the courtyards surrounding our apartment
Waterfront Waterfront
Waterfront view including the church of San Basilio The church spires you see are actually on the courtyards surrounding our apartment
Neighborhood canal Neighborhood canal
In our "neighborhood"
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