My husband and I are headed back to Italy in December (5th trip! I am indeed blessed!) and this time we are flying into Venice and using Padua as our home base. I know what Rick's book says about getting to Padua from the Venice airport, but I'm wondering if any of you have experience with this? Any advice? What's the best/easiest way to do this? I speak a bit of Italian by now but am seriously "out of it" after that plane trip so I'm not sure I should count on this to help us!
http://www.fsbusitalia.it/cms-instance/documenti/fsbusitalia/S815_1.pdf Above is the most current schedule for the Sita-Nord bus. It makes a few stops along the way so it's almost an hour. If it's 2 or more of you with luggage a taxi would be an option. A little more expensive but about 15 min faster. The other option is the bus to Venezia Mestre and then train. I would take the first option, so you don't have to make changes. Knowledge of Italian is not necessary. We Italians prefer to communicate with our hands.
We took the bus in May. Ticket windows are to the left entering the arrivals hall, or just ask at the info desk. Bus stop is outside the airport to the right and clearly marked. Don't forget to validate your ticket on the bus. Drops off in Padua about 100 m from the train station. Do get a Padua Card at the tourist information office in the station building and make a reservation for the Scrovegni Chapel. New street car stops to the right of the station takes you downtown and to the south side of town by the St Anthony Shrine and better neighborhood than the train station with some inexpensive hotels.
Thanks to both of you! We are evaluating our options; I am a plan ahead kind of girl. I like to have as much information as possible. Roberto: LOL :) I have been mistaken as an Italian on a couple of trips perhaps because I also talk with my hands. It does help to keep my college students awake. However, I doubt my accent is that good, even with my hands, and I tend to talk much more quietly in Italian streets/bars than I do in an American classroom :)
You should stay in Venice! Of course, then you probably wouldn't leave to go see other places. I have been renting an apartment in Venice so we can cook at home, then sightseeing from there. If you need recommendations for apartments in Venice, let me know. Have fun in Italy! I love it too.