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Venice Independent Day Trip from Rome by High-Speed Train

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Venice Independent Day Trip from Rome by High-Speed Train

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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.
  • Independent day trip to Venice from Rome with round-trip train transport
  • 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 Travelers Choose This Tour

Visit Venice from Rome in 1 day by train with St. Mark’s priority access and a water bus pass.
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High-speed train round-trip from Rome
Vaporetto pass valid for 12 hours
Tour Escort for the all duration of the day
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Via Marsala, 46, 00185 Roma RM, Italy

Meeting Point 07.00 at Via Marsala in front of the Bar Caffè Trombetta (Via Marsala, 46/48) Address: Via Marsala, 46/48

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Return Details

Via Giovanni Giolitti, 40, 00185 Rome, RM, Italy

Return point: Concludes at Termini Station in Rome at approximately 10:00 PM

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.
Stop At:  
Canal Grande
The main waterway that runs through Venice is the Grand Canal. Precisely because it is the main artery of the network of canals and canals, large transport ships carrying all the goods with which Venice traded throughout the known world entered and stopped along its banks.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Piazza San Marco
Elegant, precious, inimitable, fun, romantic: this is Venice, a gem of the Venetian and Italian tourist scene, where churches, palaces, ancient bridges, monuments and squares tell the artistic and cultural liveliness that marked and still marks the history of this city. The heart of Venice is the splendid Piazza San Marco, the most elegant living room in Europe, surrounded by works of unquestionable value: the imposing bell tower and the Basilica with its five portals and the decorations of marble and mosaics that anticipate the magnificence and interior riches; the Palazzo Ducale, symbol of the golden age of the Serenissima;
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ponte dei Sospiri
The Bridge of Sighs, located a short distance from the famous Piazza San Marco, is one of the most famous bridges in Venice, to the point that there are structures in the world that bear the same name. Built in Baroque style, and made of Istrian stone.
Duration: 35 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Basilica di San Marco
Initially the current Basilica of San Marco was just a small temple dedicated to San Teodoro, then in 820 the Venetians stole San Marco's remains from Alexandria and the rebuilding of the old temple began. The Basilica is a Greek cross with a central dome; on each bay there are four hemispherical domes; in the thirteenth century on each dome small bulbous domes were built. The interior was covered with gold mosaics.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Doge's Palace
The Doge's Palace (Italian: Palazzo Ducale; Venetian: Pałaso Dogal) is a palace built in Venetian Gothic style, and one of the main landmarks of the city of Venice in northern Italy. The palace was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the former Venetian Republic, opening as a museum in 1923. Today, it is one of the 11 museums run by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line I Love Rome by Carrani Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Venice Independent Day Trip from Rome by High-Speed Train?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Venice Independent Day Trip from Rome by High-Speed Train.
What is the social distancing policy during Venice Independent Day Trip from Rome by High-Speed Train?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Venice Independent Day Trip from Rome by High-Speed Train.

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Traveler Tips

  • "It is a long day from Rome but well worth it." See review
  • "The gondolas are a bit expensive but you can't go to Venice and not have a ride in one." See review
  • "Despite an early start, a comfortable and pleasant three-hour train ride awaits for your trip to Venice." See review


137 Reviews

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Day trip to Venice
, Nov 2021
Rosella, our guide was great! She took amazing photos and video of our gondola ride. And made restaurant recommendations. She explained everything very well.
- Train tickets, water...
, Oct 2021
- Train tickets, water taxi tickets included - Basilica tickets included (no front-of-the-line passes available, does NOT include bell tower access) - Tour guide (Rosella) was a great communicator & managed our large group well - Rosella always established meeting points, she also explained the train station & gave contact information in case anyone needed assistance - While the tour lists it as an "independent" day trip, Rosella is available for you and stays with you for the duration of the trip - Rosella navigated us through the streets of Venice, which although beautiful, can also get very confusing as they are narrow/winding roads so it was nice to enjoy the scenery without having to think about navigation - Itinerary: - Train from Rome to Venice: 0730-1130 - Venice/basilica tour: 1130-1300 - Lunch/independent time (optional: gondola ride 30-45min) - Meet back with group: 1630 - Independent time near the train station (snack, shopping) - Train from Venice to Rome: 1830 - 2230 - The timeline is kinda hectic, so I wish it was a little more organized (eating before touring); Rosella was great at explaining everything and she was very accommodating, so we were often waiting for the older people in the group (which is expected for group tours of course), we didn't have much time for lunch since the line for the basilica was much longer than expected (~45 min wait) - Overall, it was really nice to have all the legwork taken care of (transportation, getting around Venice) so this booking was definitely worth it - IF you are familiar with Venice or have time to research everything for your day trip, it may be beneficial to you to go on your own so you don't have to depend on a tour group's schedule, but it does take a lot of time/effort to look up the right tickets/transportation and to also be able to navigate Venice - Would recommend bringing food/snacks for the long train rides (not a lot of options on the train, just coffee/water/small snacks)
1 traveler found this review helpful
For a day trip from Rome...
, Sep 2021
For a day trip from Rome to Venice one do not need a tour guide. As newbies we booked the trip. All you need is book a round trip ticket and donyour things on yourbown pace. Just pay for train fare. Much cheaper, less than half the price you pay for this tour.
4 travelers found this review helpful
, Sep 2021
The guide took us through the city walkinbg on the way back and it was very enjoyable. The city is besutiful
1 traveler found this review helpful
Last minute impromptu day trip to Venice
, Aug 2021
Rosella the tour guide was kind, knowledgeable and considerate. I booked my trip at the last minute and it was still properly organized, very affordable and smooth. I would recommend this tour to anyone considering a quick visit to Venice while in Rome. Thank you Rosella, looking forward to following you to the Pompéi tour if I am able to make it!!!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Dear Guest, thank you, we really appreciate the time you took to write such a nice review! Thanks for your kind words about Rossella, we work hard to deliver the best service possible, and we’re glad it showed during your visit! Kind regards, the Gray Line I Love Rome Team
When visiting Rome this is a must do.
, Nov 2019
really comfortable train ride, the guide was superb, very friendly and very knowledgeable. The whole day was really well organised. Plenty of time to do your own thing as well and get something to eat. The gondolas are a bit expensive but you can't go to Venice and not have a ride in one.
1 traveler found this review helpful
I felt bad for the tour guide
, Nov 2019
There is so much I could say about the tour. The tour guide was wonderful--but he was put in a bad situation. Gray Line Tours was the operator, and there were probably about 30 or more people. with one tour guide, trying to communicate with the tour group in English, Spanish, and Italian. The tour guide was friendly and polite, but said he wasn't an official tour guide so was limited on the amount of information he could give. We were given tickets to the train, then onto a ferry from the terminal to cross over into Venice. Once in Venice, we were herded into St Marks--made a square in the building and then out. Then time to explore on your own, then herded back for a gondola ride, then free time, then ferry ride back, more free time and train ride. I think there should have been a tour guide for each language spoken, as it was unrealistic for this young man to try to communicate in three languages. He had a positive attitude and was very polite, but many of us felt bad for him. Otherwise, we did meet nice people on the tour, and we enjoyed the gondola ride and walking around in Venice. Gray Line has enough money not to be so greedy and provide appropriate resources.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear Guest, we appreciate your review and the time spent writing your opinion. We're glad you got a chance to explore Venice under the guidance of Alessandro (it must have been him), one of our best tour leaders. This trip is a one-day excursion to Venice which aims to let our guests take a glimpse of this marvelous city in a few hours. It's not easy to always provide an impeccable experience and match each and every guest's expectations but we do our best to do it. Being an excursion and not a guided tour, as indicated online and on our catalogs, the tour leader is there to help you and assist you but limited in his/her historical information. That said, all our leaders are experts in their field and fluent in two to three languages and they're used to switching from a language to another. We thank you nonetheless for your sweet words and your feedback will be taken into consideration. Kind regards, the Gray Line I Love Rome Team
Very nice day excursion
, Oct 2019
It is a long day from Rome but well worth it. Our guide met us in Rome and travelled with us all the way to Venice and back. Throughout the trip she provided interesting details about Venice and told us what to expect once we arrived in Venice and the free time available. She suggested places to visit and where to eat and we returned together at the end of the day for a late arrival back in Rome.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Best way for One Day
Bob H
, Oct 2019
This tour provides everything you need to do Venice in a day! Guide, tickets & train reservations, skip the line for St. Marks, water taxi pass, ability to purchase Gondola ride, and a wounderfull guide. Not perfect but the Very Best you can do under the circumstances! ! !
1 traveler found this review helpful
Venice is crowded but still a must see
, Sep 2019
The tour went fairly smooth. The train is comfortable and fast. Still three hours each way. Venice is still a beautiful city. But the crowds are large, particularly in the church. But the church is worth the visit. The gondola ride is somewhat stereotypical but must do at least once. The store price are escalated. Buy something to eat dinner on train ride back near the station, many choices, including grocery store. Buy water. You can buy on train slightly higher.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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