Discover the enchanting ‘City of Love’ on this independent day trip to Venice from Rome. Travel out of the capital on a high-speed train and enjoy your time in Venice at your own pace. Wander through the maze-like web of cobblestone alleys, squares and bridges, and soak up the city’s romantic charms, before making use of your skip-the-line ticket to head inside the famed St Mark’s Basilica. With your included 'vaporetto' (water bus) ticket, travel through Venice quickly and easily to make the most of your trip.
Meet your host in central Rome to receive your round-trip train ticket, vaporetto pass and skip-the-line ticket to St Mark’s Basilica, then head together to the train station to board your high-speed train to Venice. Bid your host farewell and sit back and relax as you enjoy your scenic ride out of the city, arriving in Venice approximately 3.5 hours later.On arrival in Venice, be greeted by another tour host who will help you find your way from to the Venetian lagoon and arm you with complimentary maps and suggested itineraries, before leaving you to explore Venice independently.Wander through the labyrinthine web of Venetian calli (narrow streets), campo (squares), canals and bridges. Perhaps stroll along the waterfront promenade of Riva degli Schiavoni, passing many restaurants and shops, as well as the famous Bridge of Sighs that connects the Gothic Doge’s Palace — one of Venice’s premier attractions — to Prigioni Nuove (New Prison).Soak up the hustle and bustle of St Mark's Square and make use of your skip-the-line ticket for St Mark’s Basilica. Bypass the long queue and head directly inside the famed cathedral. Marvel at the marble floors and admire the gilded mosaics that cover the walls and ceilings.If you want to get a taste of local life, head to San Polo. Wander amid the homes that also operate as shops and maybe sample traditional Venetian delicacies (own expense) such as cicheti (small tapas-like dish) in one of the many bàcaro (snack bars).With your 12-hour vaporetto pass, travel quickly and easily around the city — or enjoy a cruise along the Grand Canal — allowing you to make the most of your time in the beautiful ‘City of Love.’At the prearranged time, make your way to Venice’s Santa Lucia Station to meet your host and board your return train back to Rome. Your independent day trip then finishes at Rome’s Termini Station in the late evening.