We're back on the road this year for another Thanksgiving week excursion, this time to Italy and Venice.
The best option to get to Venice was via Milan (MXP) since United stopped its seasonal service direct to Venice from Newark. I was very impressed by the Milan Airport - easy to get through the security and passport controls, and the train connection is in the terminal basement.
We chose to train from the airport to Milano Centrale - this is an easy connect via one way direct train with many frequencies. Since we had a little bit of time at main station, we stopped for quick coffee at Caffe Pascucci then back to board our direct train to Venice St. Lucia station. The Frecciargento train option from Trenitalia offered a special business class fare for 2 people that was only 68euro! I highly recommend this option since there were fewer people and a quieter car.
Arriving to Venice we decided to walk to our hotel, a Hyatt-affiliated property the Hotel Ai Reali. I used points again for this stay for the three nights and we were very impressed by the service and room. The property is an easy walk to the Square and many excellent food choices. On Monday evening we also visited the Vivaldi Church for a concert featuring Telemann, Pachelbel, and the Four Seasons!
I made several reservations for food and we also did a few impromptu stops - our choices:
Dinner on Sunday: Ristorante La Piazza
Monday Lunch at Cavatappi - both of us tried the pizza, it was tasty and reasonably priced.
Pizza for lunch on Tuesday at Ristorante e Pizza on Calle Larga San Marco - great 4 cheese option and vegetable soup!
Tuesday Dinner: RistoPub Rossini - live music and a fun food vibe
For the most part the weather has been excellent with the exception of rain on Tuesday. That didn't stop us from visiting many of the well-known Venice landmarks including the Basilica di San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, and Museo Corer. Our departure on Wednesday was easy using the Alilaguna to get to VCE airport via waterbus.
We hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving!