How to get there
Reaching Venice is very easy thanks to frequent and secure connections from both within Italy and from outside.
For European citizens, access to Venice in addition to air is by car, bus and train. For international visitors the growing number of low cost airlines offer economical and frequent flights. EU member citizens need an identity card issued from their home country.
Non-EU citizens require a valid passport. For cases where a tourist visa is required it is important that the passport is valid for longer than the visa.
The Alpine tunnels are often closed during the winter months, and occasionally also in spring and autumn. For this reason snow chains are essential for journeys at these times.
The main airport serving the Veneto region is Marco Polo at Venice, which provides connections for Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the USA. Recent years have seen an increase in flights to and from two other airports in the region, Verona and Treviso, catering particularly for low cost airlines.
The trenitalia website offers the possibility of buying tickets, finding information about types of train and timetables, and utilising the many discounts and offers in conjunction with particular events or exhibitions. In addition it is essential to visit the site to understand which type of train (local, intercity or eurostar) corresponds to which price. It is recommended (and in certain cases obligatory) to book seats in advance for journeys in Italy.
Entrance to Italy by private vehicle (car or camper van?mobile home) requires written proof of ownership and a number plate with country of origin identity. As in all other European countries insurance is a fundamental requisite for travel within Italy. To simplify and accelerate procedures should an accident occur in Italy, it is advisable to ask your insurers for an EAS form (European Accident Statement). Road assistance in italy is provided by the Italian automobile Club (ACI). For non-EU citizens an international driver’s license is required.
For car rental we recommend Rent-a-Car, which has offices throughout Italy, particularly in airports. Payment by credit card ensures various benefits and terms. Usually the car must be returned with a full tank of petrol.
Rules of the road
Drive on the right, seat belt on, use headlights on autostrada (motorways) and rural roads even during daytime: simple and easy to remember rules to follow when driving in the Veneto (as in the rest of Italy). The Italian highway code is detailed in a booklet called Codice della strada, and conforms to European driving norms.