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Take this independent day trip to Venice from Rome for a chance to wander the city’s maze of alleyways, visit St Mark’s Square and float down the famous canals by water bus. You’ll travel from Rome to Venice by train, arriving in just 3.5 hours to explore the city however you wish. A skip-the-line ticket to St Mark’s Basilica and a vaporetto pass for the city’s water bus network are both included so you can make the most of your time in Venice before returning to Rome on the train.

Highlights

  • Independent day trip to Venice from Rome with round-trip train transport
  • Sit back and relax on the 3.5-hour high-speed train journey from Rome to Venice
  • Explore independently and discover top Venice attractions such as Doge’s Palace at your own pace
  • Enjoy skip-the-line entry to the famous St Mark’s Basilica
  • Make your way around the city with ease by using a vaporetto ticket

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Normally it takes 5 hours to drive to Venice from Rome, but with the high-speed train you'll have more time to spend sightseeing in this magical city!

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What You Can Expect

Venice Independent Day Trip from Rome by High-Speed Train

Explore Venice at your own pace on this independent trip from Rome!

Before departing Rome on your day trip to Venice, meet a tour host to receive your round-trip ticket for the high-speed train, your vaporetto pass for Venice’s water taxi network and your skip-the-line ticket for St Mark’s Basilica. Then head to the train station for the 3.5-hour journey north.

When you arrive in Venice, meet a second tour host, who will give you a map and provide tips about what to see and do. Then you’re on your own to explore the city independently. Make your way through the tangled web of campos (squares), calli (narrow streets) and bridges, soaking up the romantic and old-world ambience for which the city is so beloved. Go in search of waterfront shops and restaurants along Riva degli Schiavoni, pose on the Bridge of Sighs, admire the Gothic Doge’s Palace or visit St Mark’s Square.

Make sure to use your skip-the-line ticket at St Mark’s Basilica to admire its gilded mosaics and marble floors, and then perhaps visit San Polo for a piece of more authentic local life, where you can stroll past shops inside old homes and stop by a bàcaro (snack bar) to try Venetian specialties like cicheti (tapas-like small food dishes).

With your vaporetto pass (good for 12 hours, although you won’t be in Venice that long), you can travel easily around the city by water taxi or waterbus, and perhaps take a ride across the iconic Grand Canal. When your time in Venice comes to an end, meet your host at Santa Lucia Station to board the train back to Rome, where your day trip concludes in the late evening.

Customer Reviews

Rachel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

A great tour, very long day though as about 4 hours each way on the train. Ample free time and assistance given.

Maria Darleth C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Everything in this trip was amazing. Our tour guide is attentive and made our experience worthwhile. From the bus drive to the train station until we got to our gondola ride and vaporetto she was all the way patiently leading us. We had our time to get around especially to Saint Mark's Basilica. I highly recommend this trip to people who are visiting first time to Venice and wants to get around and enjoy the major sights all in a day.

missyguad10

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Amazing trip... it was 3.5 hours on a high speed train.. the train has a cafe which was very accommodating.. the trip was prefer the tour guide was able to get us to Venice and explain every area to visit and places to eat.. I highly recommend this trip. The gondolas were separate but worth it

Sheila A S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Rosella was our tour guide with Fabio and they were both amazing! Very easy to understand, informative and keen to make the Group a cohesive unit. We did a lot of activities as a group and were then given spare time to browse the shops- much appreciated. I would highly recommend this as the ride in the Gondola topped it all off nicely.

Zmzmzm97

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great day, our tour guide was very nice... unfortunately being purchased as a independent tour.. we were unaware.. it was guided, and booked a walking tour.. could have saved.. should be more clear.

S W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Tour was advertised as independent but there was a guide an activities such as a gondala ride were available. Train took 3 hours 45 minutes.

Millett72

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

High speed train to Venice travelling at 150 mph takes about 3 hrs 45 mins .
Our guide I love Rome Rossella gave us the option to either go it alone or stick with her and book a shared gondola ride 60 Euros or private for 110 Euro . Visited a glass factory with a demonstration .
Wonderful day browsing the boutique and touristy shops in a unique city

cruzqueen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Fantastic experience. And the guide was marvelous showing us all over Venice in one short day.

rvollebekk

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

First class

paberard

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Amazing! We had a wonderful tour guide who was considerate of all the members of the groups needs. I enjoyed Venice. We are planning to visit Italy again. We loved every minute of our trip.

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