Venice Tips, Personal Experience and your Guide to Venice Italy
Like you I was searching a cheap holiday to Venice. I had to organize my trip to Venice Italy very well because I had to go on a holiday with my family.
Somehow I decided to go with my family to Marina DI Venezia by car. Having a car around Venice is convenient because you can explore the area and you can choose during your road-trip any hotel you like. But my goal was to reach my booked budget accommodation resort in Punta DI Saboni, near Venice. The
trip went well with 2 kids sleeping in the backseat, but I imagined our arrival
a bit more comfortable.
A 13 hour drive from Amsterdam. But if you want a cheap holiday to Venice, a road trip is a nice alternative. I left August 12 at 7:30pm, drove whole night and I arrived August 13 at 10:30am in Venice. I didn’t sleep and I was pretty tired.
I planned to take the tronchetto from Venice via Lido to Punta DI Saboni. A nice morning view from the ferry. With this car-ferry you can reach Punta DI Siboni in just 45 minutes. Nice idea! I thought…
I drove with the car to the tronchetto dock to buy my ticket,,, BUT,,, since a year ACTV has cut their services to Punta DI Saboni. The ferry goes to its final destination ‘Lido’ and not further. On the website of ACTV their line to Punta DI Saboni was still scheduled. But, this line doesn’t exist anymore!!! Since my complaint to them their site is updated.
The Italian man kept on saying no 'it is not possible'. This would mean for us an extra 1 hour drive via Jesolo to my destination Marina DI Venezia. It was hot, everybody tired.
Such a disappointment… And I was well prepared. How could this happen to me, a frequent and an experience visitor in Venice Italy?
After such a long drive I made my kids happy with the story ‘shortly we will go on a ferry’. They were looking forward to have such an exited boat trip. Luckily, they are still young (4 and 2 years) so they don’t know yet what they missed.
The extra route goes trough local villages and there is only one main road to this touristy family holiday park area... From Venice take the direction to San Marco Airport and then to Jesolo. From there the signs will guide you to the popular budget accommodations near Punta DI Saboni.
Because of the holiday season, I knew we will be stocked in a traffic jam. And I was right! We were not the only one who took the long drive for this cheap holiday to Venice. Campers all over the place. It took us 3 hours instead of 1 hour to reach Marina DI Venezia.
I booked our cottage via Eurocamp. An organization who offers their own cottages on different campsites. I heard only good rumors about Eurocamp. But, now it took us more than 1 hour to check-in. Like us, around 10 families were waiting with the same purpose. Cause there was only one staff who did the check inn and also guided people to their holiday houses it took one hour extra waiting.
But finally,,, 4:30pm in my Venice holiday resort,,, a cold beer – nice weather – and the girls were already exploring the family park.
In total we stayed 4 nights at Marina DI Venezia and 3 nights in Venice center at Hotel Palazzo Priuli.
The nights in Venice we parked our car in the San Marco parking garage at the Piazzale Roma. My road trip towards home I drove in 3 days. My family enjoyed Verona and the southern part of Germany.
Overall; I enjoyed very much our holiday to Venice. And my girls became at an age where they can enjoy also. This combination of a family resort and a city holiday in Venice is very nice to do. I enjoyed also with my own car. Especially during the route when we returned home. This was very comfortable.
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