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Venice Italy | How to get there by ferry and what to expect
Venice and the surrounding areas
In this post we travel eastwards to the fantastic region that has Venice at its heart and we’ll be offering bite sized travel guides on how to get to Venice and the surrounding islands of Murano, Burano, Torcello, an agritourismo visit and one of the best campsites in the area.
Sit back and enjoy.
How to get to the Venice area?
We started this Italian adventure at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza and after the race weekend we headed East to the Venetian area of Italy. Our plan was to find a place for our camper van Bob that would give us fairly easy access to Venice and the surrounding Islands. Directions from Monza to our campsite can be found here.
Where did we stay?
We found a fantastic campsite on route over from Monza. As it was towards the end of the season we took a chance that they’d have a pitch. There was a multitude of campsites all along the Jesolo coast so we were sure we’d find something.
Arriving at Camping Village Mediterraneo we knew that this was the place for us. After a jam packed weekend at the Formula One Grand Prix we wanted complete relaxation and that’s what this place offered. When we arrived there were quite a few pitches available and the one that looked over the beach was the one we chose.
- Electricity & Water hook ups on each pitch
- Good wifi in selected areas
- Variety of pools and aqua park
- Entertainment in the evening, especially for children
- Restaurant, Bar & Cafe area
- Extremely clean toilets & showers with plenty hot water
- Grocery shop with fresh bread and stocked with all the provisions you’ll need as well as having the local wine on tap. Fantastic !
- Other forms of accommodations such as mobile homes, lodges and glamping tents.
They have a variety of pitches for tents, caravans and campervan/motorhomes and all reasonably priced. The pitches that face the sea are the most expensive but worth it for the location.
We’d definitely choose this campsite again.
What is there to do in when exploring Venice, Italy and the surrounding area?
We chose this area as number one, we wanted to visit Venice which I think is what most people do however there is so much more to see and do.
- Venice & the Venetian Lagoon Islands – see our full description here
- Explore the surrounding Cavallino peninsula and the beautiful stretch of beach straight from the campsite
- Take a trip up the coast to Lido di Jesolo which is a lively resort with restaurants, bars, beaches, waterparks, theme parks and nightlife and all the things you’d expect from a lively and vibrant beach resort. Very popular with the young people.
- Visit a local Agritourismo for lunch – see the full description here
How to get to Venice from Punta Sabbioni
We were lucky enough to to have our bikes with us and it was a pretty much straight road down from the campsite to Punta Sabbioni where we got the ferry over to the Venetian Lagoon Islands but you can also get the local bus or a taxi.
Getting to Punta Sabbioni
By Bike – Approx 15 – 20 mins from the campsite with a dedicated cycle lane and ample bike racks at the ferry terminal. Directions can be found here.
By Bus – The number 23a bus has a stop right up on the main road near the campsite. The journey is down the SP42 road and is about 20 mins. It costs around €3 and you can buy tickets from the campsite reception.
By taxi – the campsite reception can arrange a taxi for you and prices vary from €15 – €25 depending on the time of day and year.
Punta Sabbioni and the ferries
At Punta Sabbioni you will find the ferry terminal, ticket booths, a couple of cafe’s, toilet facilities, a massive parking lot for cars and busses and plenty bike racks.
To get to Venice by ferry you’ll need the Line 14 ferry. This departs on a regular schedule and takes approx 20 mins. The journey is really beautiful as it takes you round the Venetian lagoon.
Line 12 will get you to the other islands of Burano, Torcello & Murano.
You can buy your water bus tickets online here and at the ticket booth at Punta Sabbioni however there can be long queues if you visit at peak times.
Our tip is to get there really early in the morning. We got the first ferry out and was rewarded with an almost empty St Marks Square.
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