Venice is one of the world's most sought out destinations! This floating city is unique in the world. It's constructed on over a hundred small islands with over 400 connecting bridges. No cars allowed. This enchanting city, although fabulous, does not have much of a gay scene sadly. The majority of the LGBTQ nightlife takes place in other areas on the outskirts of the main cluster of islands, such as Mestre and the town of Padua. So although there might not be much going on on the islands, it is certinaly not to be missed.
Yes, you can in fact arrive to the Venetian islands by car, train or bus (and obviously boat). There is a bridge that crosses the lagoon and has one and only one stop, Santa Lucia Station and parking area. Here you can arrive by train or taxi and the rest is either on foot or boat.
There is also a water taxi that will travel up and down the main canal. For €20 you can hop on and off all day.
(VCE) Venice Marco Polo Airport. From here, you can take one of several buses including the 35 and 5 bus that will take you directly into the Santa Lucia Station, crossing the lagoon, the last stop on the line.