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Grand Canal, Venice, Italy
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No: 363   Contributor: John Southall   Year: 1990   Country: Italy
Grand Canal, Venice, Italy

Posted 25/9/1990.

The Grand Canal, Venice. The domes are the Salute Church.
Picture added on 06 April 2012 at 16:02
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I've lived south of Verona (and about 30 minutes from Modena) for the past 9 years and awalys use the train to travel when it's possible. For some smaller towns where there is no train station, it's necessary to either drive or take the bus. In a lot of those places, the buses are mainly for commuters and do not run on Sunday. The train is generally cheaper and easier than driving and is usually at least as fast. Fuel is expensive as is parking. However, I'm usually traveling by myself. Depending on the size of your family, a car may become more economical. There is a familia fare on many trains though that gets you up to a 50% discount on children's tickets (up to 12 years) and 20% for others in groups of 3 to 5. The train website is here:. Put in the cities, dates and times to see the available options. If you click on buy and then tariffs information , you can see the various ticket types. Standard, Amica, and Famila are most likely to apply to you when available. The slower, cheaper regional trains don't offer all the fare options.If you're from the US, driving is much more economical than it was a couple of months ago fuel prices were around $10/gal then, but they're closer to $6/gal now because the dollar has strengthened. Generally, I'd recommend that you get a car only when necessary, but economics could come in to play if you have a fairly large group. I definitely recommend that you do not try to take a car into Rome or Naples, but you say you're not going there anyway. Obviously, a car has very little value while you're in Venice.You can get good views from either trains or cars, but I would highly recommend that whoever is doing the driving doesn't spend any time admiring the view. There are many places where you'll spend a significant amount of time in tunnels. Examples include the route between Bologna and Florence or along the Ligurian Coast in the area of Cinque Terre.

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