Flying Straight to Treviso
Often deemed the “gateway to Venice,” Treviso is a walled-in medieval city just north of The Floating City that is home to a lot of equally charming canals, some of the tastiest pizza in Italy and is known as the birthplace of tiramisu. With some 20 million tourists heading to the tiny, winding streets of Venice each year, it’s no wonder that expert, frugal travelers have decided to opt for taking the road less traveled and explore what Treviso has to offer instead. Not only will you save a lot of money, but you might find yourself enjoying a more authentic Italian experience you’ve been searching for all these years.
While it’s not the city’s main airport, it’s actually a popular flight destination with routes directly to the Venice Treviso Airport from London, Liverpool, Dublin and Shannon as well as other European cities. Just outside of the airport is a bus service that takes you directly into town for less than 5 euros, with some Airbnbs and accommodations offering free airport transfer if you’re staying inside the town of Treviso. If you’re still interested in seeing Venice, it’s suggested to take the train from Treviso. It takes about 30 minutes to get to Venice if you go via Trenitalia and should cost you less than 4 euros each way. It’s important, however, to note that you’ll want to get off at Venezia Santa Lucia and not Mestre.
The Best Pizza and Gelato in Italy
It’s pretty well-known that popular cities such as Venice are home to tourist trap restaurants that serve sub-par food at a high price to hungry travelers, which is what makes Treviso such a charming little town. The restaurants are fairly priced and the food is authentic and high-quality. If you’re going to stay in Treviso, prepare yourselves for the best pizza you’ve ever tasted at a small family-owned restaurant called Pizzeria Santa Lucia, also known as Spaghetti House. Offering huge portions of whole pizzas for as low as 6 euros, they’re not only fairly priced but they’re incredibly delicious. Top it off with some gelato up the street at il Vecchio Gelatiere and you’ll have gotten better quality food for way less money than you would have spent in Venice.
Save on Sleeping
Depending on the type of traveler you are, where you sleep might make or break your trip, and your budget. A simple Airbnb search of both Treviso and Venice yields very different results, showing just how ideal Treviso is for travelers looking for a unique experience close to a major tourist city but without the high prices. Airbnbs in Treviso run for about 30 to 60 euros a night for four to six people while similar size and quality Airbnbs in Venice don’t really start at less than 60 to 80 euros a night. If you plan on going during peak travel times, such as Settimana Santa (their Spring Break) or summer, you can expect the prices in Venice to increase even more and book up really fast. With Treviso, however, it didn’t seem that accommodation prices rose that much during peak periods.
An Authentic Italian Experience
Offering pretty much the same little canals and charming cobblestone streets as Venice, the city of Treviso has everything you want out of and Italian adventure and more. With cheaper hotel and accommodation rates as well as better, more fairly-priced food, Treviso is great as either a holiday getaway or as your home base for exploring Venice as a day trip. Not only will you save money on food, accommodation and even airport transfers, but you’ll likely head back home feeling like you really got a personal look into ancient Italian culture that’ll leave you feeling like you’ve been let in on a special secret.