WHAT TO SEE IN VENICE
Here are some key places to visit during your journey. We suggest you get lost in the streets of Venice and admire the city in all its splendour.
Start your tour from Piazza San Marco. Here are the homonymous Basilica and the Bell Tower, the Doge’s Palace and the Clock Tower. A few steps from the square are the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute and the Bridge of Sighs.
Then climb the steps of the Rialto Bridge and enjoy the view on the Grand Canal, near which are the Casino Venier, the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, the Rialto Market and the Accademia Galleries. Other places not to be missed are the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, the Basilica dei Frari, the Jewish ghetto and the Acqua Alta libraryl.
Among the islands to discover there is Burano, where you can visit the Lace Museum. In Murano, don’t miss to visit the Glass Museum, with its exclusive show of how glass is made, and the Basilica of Santi Maria e Donato. Finally, walk the Borges Labyrinth in San Giorgio Maggiore.
VENETIAN GASTRONOMIC SPECIALTIES
The best place to taste Venetian cuisine is a bacaro, that is to say the characteristic osteria of the city. Discover the flavors of Venice starting from the cichéti, that is the appetizers, such as the creamy cod and the sarde in saor (fried sardines serves with onions, pine nuts and raisins).
Two typical specialties among the first courses are risi e bisi (a soupy rice and peas dish) and pasta with beans.
Many are the dishes based on fish and seafood, including spaghetti with clams or with nero di seppia (cuttlefish ink sauce), bigoli in salsa (Venetian typical “spaghetti” in anchovy sauce) and risotto di go (made from a salty broth lagoon fish)-
Among the main courses, the local cuisine offers polenta an schie (shrimp served on a bed of polenta), granseola (crab meat) and fegato alla veneziana (calf’s liver). You can also enjoy a good fish fry, or the moleche (small green crabs found in the lagoon) and mesanete (another type of crab of the Venetian lagoon).
During the Carnival period, don’t forget to taste the fritole (little fried dough balls with raisin and rum).
During the rest of the year, a variety of biscuits awaits you: from the bussolà of Burano to the zaeti or the Venetian baicoli.
Mestre bus stop is located in viale Stazione n. 16, in front of Saba Parking (a multi-layered car parking).
At the bus stop there is a Buscenter signpost with the indication of the connections to and from Mestre.
This bus stop is located at Isola Nova del Tronchetto, a place of no tourist interest, but strategic as a bus stop, because it is well connected to Piazzale Roma, from where you can get to piazza S. Marco by vaporetto (water bus). Right in front of the bus stop is the train station ‘People Mover’, from which electric trains run every 7 minutes.
Through this very efficient service you can easily reach the centre of Venice.
Our buses stop at a small square, where a Buscenter signpost indicates the daily bus services, the destinations and the time schedules.
A yellow stripe marks where the buses stop. From the bus stop you can see a suggestive view of the cruise port.
MARCO POLO VENICE AIRPORT
The new bus terminal is located in front of the Tamoil petrol station, in an area once used as a car parking (P7).
This terminal is provided with 47 lay-bys, 10 more than the previous one, and it is a few minutes walk from the flight terminal through a covered walkway.
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