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Drive from Split to Venice and spend one day in Venice.

On June 15 2018 i will be renting a car and driving to the MXGP OF LOMBARDIA 2018 in Ottobiano Italy and plan on spending a day in Venice
Would love to rent a scooter/water tours [my main hobby is photography] and i do not know how much time to allow for land and water
i have heard that middle of june is crazy time for tourist's.
Thanks Dave

Posted by Andrew H.
Portland, Oregon
2090 posts

Have you considered flying directly to Venice? I see there's a direct flight on Volotea for $52 USD that gets you in to Venice at 12:15. You could spend the night in Venice and head on to the MXGP from there (rent a car if you need to). Flying will save you about a seven hour drive - and with gas and tolls it's probably about the same cost as flying. You won't want/need a car in Venice proper anyway.

You might be able to rent a scooter near Venice, but you won't be able to ride it in Venice itself. Even bikes aren't allowed - only boats and walking.

Posted by lottabullfishin OP
Port St. Lucie Fl,
4 posts

Thanks for the response
I love to drive and take in everything and take pictures
Any suggestions on booking boat guides or should I just get them on the spot

Posted by Kathy
United States
7070 posts

On June 15 2018 i will be renting a car and driving to the MXGP OF
LOMBARDIA 2018 in Italy and plan on spending a day in Venice Would
love to rent a scooter/water tours...

Dave, please share your complete itinerary? MXGP Lombardia 2018 looks to be in Ottobiano on June 17th. Are you planning on driving to Venice from Split on the 15th, staying overnight, exploring Venice on the 16th, and then driving to Ottobiano that evening or the next morning? I haven't done it but it's an estimated 3.5 hour drive from there. ??????

Would love to rent a scooter/water tours

You cannot drive a scooter in the middle of Venice proper; it's virtually pedestrianized. You also do not need tours to explore the canals.

Posted by Andrew H.
Portland, Oregon
2090 posts

Yeah, just buy a vaporetto pass when you get to Venice - ride the vaporetto boats (water buses) all day. The #1 goes up and down the Grand Canal. Bring plenty of memory cards and a spare battery or two for the camera; you'll take lots of pictures on this canal. The trick is getting a view over the side of the boat. Take a vaporetto all the way out to Burano island (a long ride, maybe 45-60 min each way from Venice) to see an island of colorful houses, really cool.

It's really nice to take pictures at night and in the morning in Venice, too. Far fewer tourists. On my last visit in May, I walked in the morning from the train station to Rialto - but on the south side of the Grand Canal, through the San Polo neighborhood, through a maze of quiet pedestrian streets and squares, not touristy at all, unlike the main (direct) tourist route on the other side of the canal along Strada Nuovo.

As far as driving from Split: I've driven between Split and Trieste (basically). There is some amazing scenery here and there - but it is time consuming to stop and detour and take pictures. You haven't said how much time you have, but it would be a shame to rush through a drive between Split and Venice without at least a day or two to stop (preferably a week). Most of the drive north from Split will be along a modern highway inland without very little to see, assuming you want only a seven hour drive to Venice. (Coastal highway would take forever to drive north.) The drive should be pretty easy (expect to stop at the border crossing between Croatia and Slovenia - may be quick, maybe not in June), but unless you have built in time to stop along the way, it's just easier to fly to Venice and take the extra few hours for taking pictures in Venice, where you'll never run out of things to photograph.

If I had time to stop for a few days on that drive, some random stops (but again - they take time): Sibenik, Krka National Park, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Kvarner Bay (near Rijeka and Opatija), Rovinj, and Piran, Slovenia. (Some would stop in Zadar. Porec, and Trieste; assume you would already have seen Trogir if you are starting in Split.) It's really not the case where you can just pull over and take some snapshots from highway viewpoints and keep driving, in most places. You need time if you want pictures.

Posted by lottabullfishin OP
Port St. Lucie Fl,
4 posts

Thanks Kathy
At this point i am flexible The races were my top priority for sat and sun. But now i also have Venice on my mind!
The first trip to a new location has a huge learning curve and most of the time i just go with what ever comes easy.
I think knowing were to leave my car for access in to the city and leaving to get back on the road will be a big help because of the time of the year. I would like to stay till after dark and the hit the road and drive to the track and sleep there. I will be staying in Split Croatia with a great family of new friends for the week before and the week after.
Best Regards Dave

Posted by lottabullfishin OP
Port St. Lucie Fl,
4 posts

Andrew H.
I agree completely, i have taken over 40,000 pictures on my travels and time management is not fair, but it is real. Most important is enjoying... So i will most likely change my plans many times. I will look into your suggestions
Thanks Dave