The last time I flew to Venice, an air hostess announced 'For those of you on the right-hand side of the plane you will shortly have a wonderful view of Venice in the sunset. For those of you on the left, you really should have sat on the right!'
Venice by train is the ultimate arrival. Across the lagoon and then out of the station onto the Grand Canal.
Don't take too many bags, because your next destination has to be reached by vaporetto (waterbus), motoscafo (watertaxi) or gondola!
The city of Venice is easily reached from Paris by train using the overnight service out of Bercy station.
If your an adventurous type, the campsite at Mistre on the mainland overlooking Venice old town is ideal and with great facilities.
It even has its own boat service to the old city. If the boat works out a bit pricey, buses from Mistre campsite take you to Mistre transport exchange, from which a five minute ride by train or bus takes you to the heart of Venice proper- couldn't be easier.
Venice is a stange and wonderful place - full of quirks and idiosyncracies, and while often (but not always - go when it's freezing!) filled with tourists, it does what it can for its own, and its regulars. Apparently there are three prices - Tourist, Italian, and Venetian. If you're a regular face in a restaurant or cafe, you'll notice prices dropping significantly over time (depending on how long you stay!) - one night I was out to dinner with one of my friends, and supper was free!
Still, people complain about high prices in Venice, even the Venetians. I think the British are lucky on any trip, because there is no way you'll pay coffee and sandwich prices that we do over here! Just have a 'toast' (ham and cheese toasted sandwich) and a coffee and you'll pay 3 Euro depending on where you go. Even my Milanese friend couldn't believe prices in DuChamp on Camp Santa Margerita ("But how is it possible? I don't understand. HOW is it possible?") So, don't always believe the myths.
Also, hotels often decrease prices significantly in low season, and while often freezing, it is worth it for a deserted San Marco, and a real look at Venice.
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