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a VirtualTourist member asked on Feb 2, 2017


Rome and Venice

me and my wife planning to visit 2 days rome and 2 days venice in march, can somebody help me how to organise things so i can visit important places.
i want to know how to travel from Campiano airport to Via Felice Grossi Gondi, 87, 00162( that's where my hotel is)
Also in venice what's best way to go back to airport from Via Felice Grossi Gondi, 87, 00162. I mean taxi or any shuttle buses.
how to cover venice attractions in a day, what I can see?

6 Answers

answered on 2/2/17 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

I think you have given the address of your Rome hotel for Venice?

I'm afraid your Rome hotel is quite a long way from central historical Rome. The nearest Metro station is S Agnese/Annibaliano on about 20 minutes' walk away.

From Ciampino airport the easiest way to get there is

1) Take the Terravision or Sitbus shuttle bus direct from the airport to Rome Termini railway station:

Both shuttle bus services are absolutely fine.

2) When the bus drops you at Rome Termini station you can walk through the station concourse to catch the Metro. Everything is very well-signed. Metro map here:

S Agnese/Annabaliano is on Metro line B. Not all line B trains serve that section of line so make sure you catch line B trains with Conca d'Oro as the final destination.

You can buy your Metro tickets from newsagents/tabacchi [VT member 88683] the Metro entrance (underneath the main Termini station concourse). See photo in my tip:

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3) Put the address into googlemaps and you will see that there is a bus stop near your hotel. If you don't want to walk from S Agnese/Annabaliano you could take the bus. The stop is called 'Lanciani - De Petra'.

Although 4 bus routes serve that stop (61, 445, 542, 544) none of them stop at Rome Termini station. You can combine Metro + bus if you want. Put the bus number into the green box top centre of the ATAC site:

Click 'invia' and then click to either see the route on a map or to see times for each stop.

4) You could, of course, just take a taxi from Rome Termini or even from Ciampino airport. Neither will be cheap.

answered on 2/2/17 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

Please ignore the spam post above mine.

Your question is rather confusing.

Are flying home from Venice airport?

If so, you can catch the excellent ATVO shuttle bus from Piazzale Roma (where all Venice land traffic ends):

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If you tell us the name of your Venice hotel we can tell you how best to get to the airport....and from Santa Lucia train station too, because I assume you are taking the train from Rome to Venice?

answered on 2/2/17 by
a VT member

Hi Thanks for the information, I booked a package, that takes me from uk to Campiano around 10AM in the morning , so your info is good i can use that to reach hotel, stayng there for two days and third day i'm travelling by train from rome to venice, (SMART HOTEL HOLIDAY) is my hotel in venice). staying there fro next day and travelling back from there to uk. Can you give me some idea, how to arrange my transports now.

Thanks for the help.

answered on 2/2/17 by
a VT member

Also is there a daily pass(metro or bus) to visit attractions in rome, mainly i want to see collseum and vatican city and some cathedrals
please suggest me what's best option

answered on 2/2/17 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

1. I'm sorry to tell you that Smart Hotel Holiday is not in the city of Venice. It is on the mainland, in Mestre, and is a long way from the causeway which leads from the mainland to the city of Venice.

Unfortunately, 'Venice' is an area (Venezia) as well as the historical city and that means travel agents etc can mislead customers when they describe hotels as being 'in Venice'.

If there is any chance of changing your hotel then I suggest you do so.

Choose a hotel either in the city of Venice or in the centre of Mestre, near the railway station.

If you must stay in this hotel then you should get off the train from Rome at Venezia Mestre station, on the mainland. You will then have to take bus 9 or a taxi from Mestre station to the's about 8km (4.5 miles) away by car, about 3 miles on foot.

There is a bus stop about 5 minutes' walk from the Smart Holiday Hotel. The stop is served by buses 4,9,10,14E,45,84 and N3.

You can find route maps and timetables for most of these bus services here:

As far as I can see only bus 4 will take you into historical Venice, passing through the centre of Mestre...and there are very, very few services. It is a service intended for workers.

Bus 9 will take you to Venezia Mestre station. From there you can take a train into Venice (takes about 10 minutes) or another bus (takes about 15 minutes). There are trains every few minutes across the causeway and buses every 15 minutes or so.

I strongly suggest that you change your hotel if you possibly can.

2. >Also is there a daily pass(metro or bus) to visit attractions in rome

You can buy a 24-hour ticket or a 48-hour ticket which covers all Rome buses, Metro & trams. Details in English here:

You can buy these tickets from newsagents/tabacchi.

3. You can see the Metro lines on the map I linked above. Use googlemaps to see which Metro stops are near the places you want to visit.

Using the Metro is better than using the bus because Rome can be very congested and on such a short visit you do not want to waste time in traffic jams. Central historical Rome is very walkable and you will see much, much more if you explore on foot.

4. To save wasting time in queues buy your Colosseum/Forum/Palatine ticket online in advance. This is the official site:

You cannot visit Vatican City. You can only visit the Vatican Museums (the only way to see the Sistine Chapel) and St Peter's Basilica. The basilica is free to enter but security queues can be very long indeed.

If you want to visit the Vatican Museums you should buy your ticket online in advance from the official site. There are almost always very long queues:

answered on 2/3/17 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

I forgot to answer your question:

>how to cover venice attractions in a day, what I can see?

Venice is tiny. You can cross the whole city on foot in around an hour and it takes less than half-an-hour to walk from Santa Lucia railway station to Basilica San Marco.

Almost the whole of Venice is 'what to see'. Its fame lies in the fact that it is still largely an unchanged Medieval city criss-crossed by canals. So all you need to do is walk and walk and walk. Try to get a good map beforehand because, as all Medieval cities once were, Venice is a rabbit warren of narrow lanes, alleyways, courtyards and dead ends.

The main 'sights' are the basilica and the Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace'). There are always queues for both, often very long indeed. If you want to see the inside of either (and you should at least see the interior of the basilica imo) buy your tickets online in advance to avoid wasting time in queues. Official sites:

Palazzo Ducale

Basilica San Marco

All Venice's churches are ancient and all contain wonderful artworks. Go into any which are open as you pass by.

Vaporetti (waterbuses) are very expensive &.50 euro for a ticket which lasts 75 minutes...and vaporetto are very slow!). If you want to use them, for a one-day visit I suggest you plan to take just one trip, using vaporetto number 1 or 2 to take you down (or back up) the Canale Grande from the railway station ('Ferrovia') to the San Marco stop. Timetables:

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