Venice Day Trips?

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Going to Venice at the beginning of July for 6 days. From what I'm hearing, it is going to be a tourist mob scene, so I was hoping to get some advise for some day trips away from the crowds or at least away from the most touristy areas. Thanks.
 

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You can start by going to the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. Murano is know for glass-blowing, Burano for lace and Torcello has mosaics. They are all a short boat ride away from Venice. Nearby, I'd suggest either Padua (30 minutes) or Verona (about an hour) - both are easily accessible by train. The Venice train station is in the northwest corner of town and is reachable via vaporetto - just hop on at any stop going in that direction. If you want to go a bit further away Ravenna is also know for its mosaics and Bologna is supposedly the culinary capital of Italy (caveat: I haven't been to either of these last two places but intend to go on my next trip).
 

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You could go to Asolo, or the hill towns - the perk with all that is that the ladies are just as good, but at a far more discounted price. I mean, it may depend upon budget, but it's worth it. Bassano del Grappa is fantastic for some food/shopping as well and pretty adorable overall. If you're one of these "nature" people, the Po Delta is full of nature lovers crap.
 

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If you go to Florence, be sure to get the bullet train’s red line (frecciarossa)That’s the 3 hour trip. Anything else will take much longer.
I booked on raileurope.com it was fine.
 

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Venice will be a tourist mob scene. I've been all over Italy and Venice was by far my least favorite place to visit (sorry that doesn't help much)
 

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I mean if you are gonna drive at all I think Verona is cooler than Venice and it doesn't smell like rotten fish and seaweed but that's just my humble opinion.
 

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Surprisingly enough, PISA was one of my favorite towns on the Italian mainland. I stayed there for about 10 days. Yes, the tower isn't much to see but it is really a nice city once the tourist hoards leave.

One of my favorite Italy experiences is sitting by the river in Pisa with a bottle of wine and a few friends.
 

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Bologna is a decent shout for a not-so mobbed mid-tier city. Really good food.
 

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Bologna is a decent shout for a not-so mobbed mid-tier city. Really good food.
I concur. Lucca is also a nice city to walk around in for a day. The walls themselves are worth a short visit.
 

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If you're ok with supertouristy (in exchange for peace/beautify), Sorrento is a great place to visit. I used to spend part of my summer there every year before switching to Sicily.
 

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UPDATE: We only left Venice for one day and went to Padua. Easy 30 minute train ride. We probably could have spent a full day or more there. I particularly enjoyed a tour of the University, which is one of the oldest in the world. Venice itself was, as expected, packed with tourists -- but once you escaped San Marco square, Rialto and the direct route between them, it was empty (and early morning and evenings were empty too). It was a great trip.
 

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If you’re still there’s, seriously —drive or train it to Firenze. Venice for me was on,y a one day thing, but I couldn’t get enough of Florence. And if you love art, get to the Pitti Palace. Floor to ceiling renassaince masterpieces. It’s Art 101 in real life stunning.
 

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