There is currently no train service between Venezia and Villach so we are placed on a double-decker coach that uses the autostrade.
To get from Piazzale Roma to where the bus will depart you catch the People Mover, an elevated monorail that takes several minutes and costs €1.
The coach ride is very comfortable as we have first class seats downstairs. A toilet, a table, a powerpoint to recharge our iPhones and iPads, complementary tea & coffee facilities and chilled bottled water are all part of the service.
We can see the mountains in the distance but the land we drive through is flat and mainly agricultural.
The trip seems to whizz by despite it taking 3 1/2 hours.