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Santa Croce
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Address: Isola Nova del Tronchetto 32, 30135 Venice, Italy
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

Far more affordable than a traditional gondola—and traveling the same...

Far more affordable than a traditional gondola—and traveling the same scenic canals—is a ride via motorized Venice vaporetto. Think of it as public city bus on wheels, but with a far better view.

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Great transportation, convenient but confusing route posted info

we took the vaporetto several times, its convenient transportation in this city surrounded by canal waterway. Posted information and routes are not easy to comprehend for English... read more

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Ladysmith, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We used the water bus to get from the airport to San Marco, and then used the Vaporetto to get to the cruise ship terminal the next day. The boats are easy to access, although expensive transit by Canadian standards.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

we took the vaporetto several times, its convenient transportation in this city surrounded by canal waterway. Posted information and routes are not easy to comprehend for English speakers.

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A little spendy, so think ahead if you will be using this a lot and get a pass. It is quick and efficient. If you can't find a seat you can stand up and see the sights.

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Torremolinos, Spain
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is the best way to get around Venice to see the major sites. We rode them during Easter week and they were always packed, no matter what time of day. There are various routes that will get you about anywhere on the islands. We got the 24 hour tickets that cost 20 Euros; otherwise you end up paying 8... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Got the €20 day ticket and went to Murano and Burano. Well worth the visit in every way. Full of both tourists and locals. Most happy to help if they have time! Check carefully which boat goes where, and don't expect to sit down every time. This is a commuter boat, lots of travellers with bags and watch your ankles.... More 

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Mullica Hill, New Jersey
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We took this from our hotel to the train station as it was too far to walk and would have cost 60 Euros for a taxi. It cost 7.50 euros per person and it was easy to use. The folks at the hotel gave us some guidance and we bought the tickets as we boarded.

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Afton, Virginia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Invest in a multi-day pass when you arrive in Venice (we bought seven-day passes at the airport last week and are using them constantly, but there are options for fewer days). Jump on, jump off, the vaporetti will take you all around Venice and several of the surrounding islands like Murano without paying extra for a tour boat. Validate your... More 

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Bath, Somerset
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The only practical way to see the Grand Canal and the easiest way to get to the outer islands (Burano & Murano). They are rarely sleek, often lumbering and generally crowded, but usually efficient. Travel is not cheap and the best bet is to buy day or multi-day passes (the Tourist Office will provide). Travel without a ticket and you... More 

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Pune, India
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

i have never seen city police coming on water.. yeah, in venice we saw a man (drugged or whatever) being drowned and then police and ambulance came on water taxi to save him. it was such a splendid experience. Also Vaperattos are the better way to tour grand canal rather than expensive gondolas. also u get to see locals doing... More 

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We used the Vaporetto to take a trip down the Grand Canal and to get over to the islands of Burano and Murano. The day tourist ticket wasn't too expensive as we used the service quite extensively for that one day. Buying the ticket and working out which boats go where was thankfully very easy which was pleasantly surprising. The... More 

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Santa Croce
Santa Croce gained importance as a sestiere (district) when Piazzale Roma was created in the 1930s to bring cars and buses close to the center of Venice. Constitution Bridge spans the Grand Canal linking Piazzale Roma to the train station. This area buzzes with energy from travelers and students. Historic palaces and former industrial buildings house some departments of Ca' Foscari and IUAV Architecture universities. On the Fondaco dei Turchi, Venice's Museum of Natural History offers Venetians prehistoric thrills, plus an overview of lagoon fish and wildlife. The Grand Canal, northern boundary of Santa Croce, is lined with palaces and decorated by the tall green dome of San Simeon Piccolo. Ca' Pesaro attracts Venetians to its contemporary art exhibitions. The Grand Canal exposes only one face of these buildings. On the opposite side, the palace often interacts with a square or a busy street to represent its neighbourhood identity.
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