Venice Aerial Views: Where to sit on the plane
Henry James wrote that Venice is best approached by sea, but we beg to differ. In the jet age, the best views of the city are from the air, and they're free (except for the price of your airline ticket) if you've reserved the correct seat and have a bit of luck with the weather and flight pattern.
Below is our advice on where to sit if you want the best chance for a spectacular view of Venice, Italy when you're arriving or departing by commercial airliner.
Inbound flights to Venice Marco Polo International Airport typically approach from the south, flying on a path just west of Venice's historic center. (The airport is located north of central Venice, on the edge of the Venetian Lagoon.)
Because of this, we recommend sitting on theof the plane, preferably toward the front or back to avoid having your view blocked by the wing.
In our experience, flights from VCE normally depart to the north, passing briefly over agricultural land on the mainland with glimpses of the Venetian Lagoon's northern reaches. Occasionally, however, planes depart to the south.
On balance, we'd probably choose seats on the right side. But the choice is really a toss-up, so we'd suggest taking potluck if the airline is charging extra for seat reservations.
Europe for Visitors (including
Venice for Visitors) with Cheryl
Imboden in 2001.
"Arrivals" photo: iStockPhoto/Amanda Lewis
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