Updated on: 8 June, 2021
When I think of northern Italy, the first thing that comes to mind is Venice . Or that was the case so far. But that there is so much more to discover around the Venice lagoon and that there are real treasures hidden beneath it, I have only now learned that.
Sure, Venice is known to everyone and for many it is also a dream destination. In this article you will find out why it is definitely worth planning a few more days in the region and why Camping Marina di Venezia is the perfect starting point.
MARINA DI VENEZIA CAMPSITE: STARTING POINT FOR VENICE AND EXPLORING THE VENICE LAGOON
For our explorations of the Venice lagoon we stayed at the Camping Village Marina di Venezia near Punta Sabbioni . Camping village is actually the right word because it is almost a small town. You will really find all the amenities for a relaxing holiday here.
Within the park there are restaurants, bars and shops in a pretty and completely new pedestrian zone. Incidentally, the architecture office for the new facility was none other than that of Matteo Thun , the well-known Italian architect and designer.
There is a baker who bakes fresh bread, a super good ice cream parlor with homemade ice cream, a greengrocer, a supermarket, clothing stores and even a doctor and a pharmacy.
There is something for everyone in the restaurants, whether it’s fine dining ( Restaurant PiacerMio ) or simply a good Italian pizza ( Restaurant Piazza Marina ). There are also great restaurants right on the beach, such as Calici e Mare .
In theory, you don’t have to leave the camping village. But there are many opportunities for exciting activities and excursions in the Venice lagoon.
The facility is a true paradise, especially for families. There is a large pool and fun area for children. They can also take part in the animation program so that the children never get bored. The campsite even has a separate area for dog owners.
But we as a couple were also very positively surprised. We could have fun playing mini golf, have a good meal, relax on the beach, explore the Venice lagoon by bike and take a day trip to Venice.
Although the complex can accommodate a lot of people (in the high season up to 12,000 per day) it is quiet and the places offer enough privacy. We stayed in one of the beautiful bungalows ,you can rent here.
The beach is spacious and you can rent sunbeds and umbrellas or just lie in the sand. If you want to swim in the sea, however, you have to walk a long way, the water is very shallow here. So ideal for splashing around.
During our stay at the Marina di Venezia Camping-Village, we had the opportunity to look a little behind the scenes. The campsite has been around for 60 years and many have vacationed here as children. 65% of the visitors are returning guests! Sometimes the third or fourth generation is coming.
You totally feel this family atmosphere. When you’re out and about with Massimo, the managing director, he always stops to chat with the guests, just like Michi. You know almost every guest here personally. All employees are passionate about their work.
You can find out below why the Camping Village is a great starting point for a visit to Venice. But first I would like to tell you that you can also do a lot yourself in the lagoon of Venice.
MARINA DI VENEZIA EXCURSIONS, ACTIVITIES AND HIGHLIGHTS
1. DISCOVER THE VENICE LAGOON BY BOAT
The lagoon consists of countless small and large channels and sandbanks that are worth exploring by boat. You can watch sea birds and with a bit of luck you will even see flamingos !
You can book the boat tour directly at the Camping Village or you can drive to the ferry terminal in Punta Sabbioni and inquire about tours there.
2. CYCLE TO LIO PICCOLO
From the camping village you can explore the area wonderfully by bike. A particularly beautiful tour is the one to the tiny village of Lio Piccolo.
All around you are actually always surrounded by water. At the end of May the seabirds nest everywhere on the small islands in the lagoon. In Lio Piccolo you will find a small church, Santa Maria della Neve , with a beautiful bell tower.
All around the place, or rather the cluster of houses, there are vegetable plantations. The purple artichoke, in particular, is planted here, and you will come across it again in many dishes in the region.
If you had no luck with flamingos on the boat tour, you may come across them on this bike tour.
We recommend the Locanda Zanella restaurant for a stop – here you can enjoy typical Venetian dishes, above all an excellent risotto. And we definitely recommend the Prosecco from the local winemakers. A pleasure!
3. VISIT AN OLD DEFENSE STRUCTURE
On the way back to the Camping-Village Marina di Venezia you can visit an old battery. There are some of them here, as they were used to defend against the Austrians during World War I.
For example, you can take a look at the Forte Vecchio or the Vettor Pisani battery . They have been extensively restored and clearly explain life in such a battery during World War I.
If you are interested in the history and role of Northern Italy in World War I, we recommend booking a guided tour there.
3. ISLAND HOPPING IN THE VENICE LAGOON – VISIT THE ISLANDS OF BURANO, MURANO, TORCELLO AND THE ISOLA DEL DESERTO
An absolute must do in Venice or when visiting the region is a detour to the numerous, small islands in the lagoon. The most famous are probably Burano, with the pretty colorful houses, and Murano, the home of the Venetian glassblowers.
You can book island hopping through the campsite or online in advance.
The island of Burano impresses with the numerous, colorfully painted houses. In the past, men lived here from fishing and women from lace embroidery. You can still find many shops here that offer embroidery for sale.
However, these are often made in Asia and unfortunately have nothing to do with the Burano tradition. If you want to see real Buran lace, which is still considered a luxury today, the best place to go is the Museo del Merletto.
The houses in Burano are said to be so colorful that the fishermen could come back to their island in the thick fog that often prevails here. Some nasty tongues claim that it was more likely so that they could find their way back home while drunk …
Stroll down the small alleys to the left and right and let yourself be enchanted by the atmosphere.
For lunch you should stop at the Ai Cacciatori restaurant .
We did not visit Murano ourselves, but the filigree and typically colored glass vessels known worldwide have their origin here. They were and are sold all over the world.
In earlier times it was forbidden for glassblowers to leave the island so that they could not sell their secret of glassmaking to other countries. In addition, the disclosure of the secret carried the death penalty!
ISOLA DEL DESERTO
The Isola del Deserto or San Francesco del Deserto is a small island on which time seems to have stood still. There is a monastery on the island, which now only houses 5 monks.
You can rent a room here for a weekend and live with the monks. The nickname “Del Deserto” goes back to a time when the island was uninhabited and therefore left to decay.
In any case, this island is a wonderful place to relax and slow down. However, you can only get there with a guided tour.
THE ISLAND OF TORCELLO
The island of Torcello is located in the Laguna Morta in the north of the Venice lagoon. You can see the island’s tower from afar. On the island itself you can see the Church of Santa Fosca and the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta.
The Ponte del Diavolo runs over one of the canals. According to legend, the devil in the form of a black cat sits on this bridge on the night of Christmas Eve to fetch the soul of a deceased child.
4. TAKE A DAY TRIP TO VENICE
The Camping-Village Marina di Venezia is the perfect starting point for excursions to Venice . You can be in town in 30 minutes by ferry. The ferry terminal can be easily reached by bus or bike.
A return trip costs $18 or you can take a day ticket for $24. You can also take the vaporettos, the water buses, within Venice. The ferries run all day, so you can enjoy the early morning or late evening hours in an empty Venice.
And as much as the opinions differ, Venice is still one of the top travel destinations in Europe for a reason. Yes, it’s crowded, narrow and not exactly cheap, but the city still has a certain attraction for me.
And I usually hate crowded, tight places! The good news: you can easily avoid the crowds by simply turning off and strolling along the side streets.
USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT THE CAMPING-VILLAGE MARINA DI VENEZIA
The journey to northern Italy is a big plus for the region for me. You are on the plane by plane from Frankfurt for only an hour and twenty on the way. With my fear of flying, that is very pleasant for me and the flights are accordingly affordable.
You can either fly to Treviso or to Marco Polo Airport. From Treviso you need about an hour by bus and from Marco Polo half an hour to the Camping Village. You can find information about the bus connections here .