We have been in Venice for nearly a day and a half now, and today Dad treated us to a gondola ride where we were able to take in the beautiful sights and sounds of this amazing city. Our journey here was long and we were all glad to see the city once we got off the train! There is no short or easy way to travel from Siena, Tuscany to Venice, as it is nearly a 200 mile journey. We started at 10 a.m. in Siena, and arrived at 4 p.m. in Venice.
The day started with a short car ride to the Siena train station. This train is more of a "commuter train" that is used by people to get from village to village in Tuscany. The ride was about 90 minutes long and there is nothing luxury about the ride. No bar car, sketchy bathrooms, etc. After numerous stops, we made it to Florence without incident. Here, we transferred to more of a "luxury ride" for the 2.5 hour journey. This train travels at speeds of up to 200 mph (yes, you read that correctly), has air conditioning, comfy chairs, a bar car, and wi-fi! We spent our time catching up on pictures, blogging, and taking a nap! We had packed ourselves a lunch based on our previous dining experience aboard the train where the food was inedible!
Once arriving in Venice, we found a water taxi (yes, the only way around the city) to take us the last 30 minutes of our journey to our hotel. Overall, we had a great day and enjoyed traveling across some beautiful scenery.