Today we left Venice – we walked down to the San Macro Vaporetto stop. There was a Vaporetto due in a couple of minutes so we bought a ticket and waited for the boat. Pam gave me the ticket to validate and then the Vaporetto arrived. We had a leisurely float down the grand canal and then an inspector asked us for our ticket. I gave it to him and he said that it was only for one person as the ticket showed 6.50 euro only.
Pam said we had paid 13 euro and could not find the receipt right away, but then she found it. It had 13 euro on the receipt but the ticket only had 6.50, the man then telephoned someone and spoke to them for about 10 minutes. In the end he said that he accepted what we said and wanted to keep our ticket and receipt ( I guess someone is in trouble – but luckily it was not us)
The fine for not having a ticket is 44 Euro, not something that we would want to pay especially since we did everything correctly.
We arrived at the Ferrovia Vaporetto stop which is where the train station is located and Pam wanted to go and do some last minute shopping. The area outside the train station overlooking the Grand Canal was very busy with people arriving and departing and taking photographs. I sat there (keeping a careful eye on our bags) for about 20 minutes while Pam was shopping.
We validated our train ticket (travelling first class in a Regional Train – 21.50 euro each) and got on board the train. We found the first class carriage which for some reason is always located the furthest distance down the platform. There was only 1 man on the carriage and even when the train pulled out there was only about 4 other passengers.
The train left on time and we were heading to Milan – the first stop was Mestra which is a place a lot of people stay and then catch the train into Venice (saving money on accommodation costs). The platform was full of people, then empty and our first class carriage was full.
The regional train stops a lot so it will take us close to 4 hours to get to Milan.
I am writing this on the train – 3.5 hours to go…