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While it's great to pick one destination to enjoy to the fullest, a day trip to a nearby town or attraction can be the icing on the cake of your vacation. ShermansTravel experts have rounded up the top day trips within a few hours' drive so you can experience that must-visit stretch of beach, national park, or under-the-radar city.

Day Trips from Venice

Belluno

At the foot of the Dolomites, this town works best as a base for hiking in the summer or skiing in the winter. The Parco Nazionale delle Dolomiti Bellunesi is a perfect place to spend the day getting away from the crowds of Venice and enjoying some fresh air.

50 miles north of Venice,
Tags: hiking | skiing | outdoors | day trip

Burano

For lace fanatics, and those who just want a look at another side of the lagoon, this out of the way island is a slice of Venetian life as it was decades or even dozens of decades ago.

4.5 miles north of San Marco by ferry,
Tags: family | art | day trip

Padua

Picturesque Padova (as the Italians call it) boasts a cycle of Giotto’s best frescos in the Cappella degli Scrovegni, the oldest botanical garden in the world (circa 1545), and a massive, beautiful town square called the Prato della Valle.

23 miles west of Venice by train,
Tags: family | art | culture | history | day trip

Verona

Strewn with Roman ruins, Romeo and Juliet’s hometown has a romantic air about it after dark; don’t miss the Roman Arena (the best preserved in the world) and Castelvecchio, the great masterpiece-filled castle of the Della Scala family.

70 miles west of Venice by train,
Tags: culture | architecture | history | day trip

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