– Venice –
During your stay at Corte Carezzabella, you can easily reach the Serenissima in three different ways:
By car: From the motorway booth Rovigo Nord, in about 50 minutes you will reach the parking area called Tronchetto, a few steps from the heart of the city. Tickets and transfer info here.
By train: From the nearby Rovigo station (about 10 km), a direct connection train leaves to Venice every hour. Information and schedules here.
Car + ferry: it is definitely the most charming and romantic way to reach Venice, through its lagoon. You can park your car at terminal Fusina, about an hour’s drive from here, and get on a ferry that in about 25 minutes will take you to Zattere, a few minutes walk from St. Mark’s Square. Reservations and timetables here.
If you’ve only got one day you can dedicate to Venice, you must be selective in what you want to see. Don’t try to cover everything. Secondly, don’t try and walk everywhere. Invest in a day pass on the vaporetti (water buses) and use the traghetti (gondola ferries) whenever possible. And don’t forget that there are so many hidden magnificent campos just a stone’s throw from the major tourist spots.
Here’s some tips for spending one day in Venice:
Piazza San Marco – A good starting point is Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square) where you will have the chance to indulge in its splendor before the crowds converge on it around mid-morning. If you have time, visit the Basilica just to admire the magnificent, glittering ceilings festooned with paintings of the Apostles. On the left of the piazza is the Torre dell’Orologio (Moor’s Clock Tower) with its distinctive clock face and two moors standing on top and hammering the large bell on the hour. To the right is the Campanile, towering over the piazza and offering a panoramic view over Venice if you take the one minute lift ride to the top. Moving through the Piazza San Marco is the magnificent Palazzo Ducale. Behind the palace is the famous Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs) from the interrogation rooms to the prison and the dark, damp dungeons below.
From the waterfront of Piazza San Marco, take the vaporetto to Ponte di Rialto (Rialto Bridge) along the Grand Canal and see the most important bridge in Venice built by Antonio da Ponte in 1591. Moving south across Fondamenta Misericordia, you come to the Ghetto. Built in the 16th century as a refuge for Jews from all over Europe, it was subjected to draconian measures by the Senate. The Ghetto contrasts sharply with the opulence and splendor of the rest of Venice and is dominated by narrow alleyways, significantly taller buildings due to demographic pressures and a somewhat stark environment.
Enjoy one of the seven wonders f the world, not far from our agriturismo!