Date: 17-18th September 2018
Travelled: 134 kilometres from Ferrara, in Emilia-Romagna to Venice in Veneto, Italy.
Stayed: Venice, Sosta San Giuliano €18, all services, electricity extra €4. N45.46755, E12.27927
Budget: 106 days @ €93 per day.
We depart Ferrara early, hoping to make our way into Venice early. Is there a daily traffic grind into Venice every morning ? We understand there’s very limited parking in Venice, so we hope not.
There are two motorhome parking options close to Venice. One on the island itself (Santa Marta), basically just a car-park at €37pd or a sosta, just back across the causeway in San Giuliano at €18. We set the GPS at the cheaper option and take our chances. We stop at a Lidl at Mestre about 5 klms out to stock up, then continue on to San Giuliano.
The traffic is heavy for the last couple of kilometres, but it’s moving.
Skip this bit if your not doing Venice in a motorhome. Stay in close and pay more to park (with no facilities), no need to catch a ferry or bus into Venice. However to get around Venice you still need to use the ferries, purchasing tickets for individual ferry trips is both time consuming and expensive, so the cheapest option is a Venezia Citypass for €20. With that all tram, bus and ferry travel for 24 hours. Hence we parked in San Giuliano, walk the 500m to the bus-stop, catch the bus to Roma Station and jumped on and off ferries all day. Whilst I don’t condone or encourage such behaviour we used the same pass for two days, rather than just the 24 hours.
So the adventure starts…
From the piazza it’s an easy 5 minute walk back to the grand canal and a ferry back to the Roma terminus, then the bus to San Giuliano. By the time we arrive back at the Hymer its 5pm, our feet are a little sore, but what a fabulous day. We chat about our day in Venice and decide we’ll stay another day and do some more exploring tomorrow.