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Venice Vaporetto Waterbus Lines and Stops – A Tagged Map

When in Venice, unless you go on foot through the maze of calli, the public transport service waterbus vaporetto is the way to go. Here is a Venice vaporetto map showing the vaporetto lines an boarding stations of the vaporetto waterbus. We have started by entering information on vaporetto waterbus stops located at Venice’s two main gateways: the central bus station and car terminal of Piazzale Roma and the railway station / train station of Venezia Santa Lucia / S.Lucia; each placemark for the vaporetto stops by the two terminals lists the lines that you can board and the sequence of stops.

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Venice Palaces of the Grand Canal – A New Tagged Map for Smartphones in Bing Maps

It’s been one year since we first published a tagged map showing the main buildings on the Grand Canal. We have now re-created the same map in Bing Maps, which works great on smartphones and tablets too. So if you are interested in finding out the names of those wonderful palaces, just click on the link and select satellite layer bird’s eye view, rotating it to align the placemarks to the buildings’ main gate.

Enjoy!

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Venice by Train – Real-time Train Departures and Arrivals

Are you travelling to Venice by train? We usually do, and plan our daily trip using this very useful real-time schedule of departures and arrivals at Venice’s main railway station, Venezia Santa Lucia. It looks very much like an airport timetable and gives you an instant view of what trains are departing and leaving from Venezia S.Lucia in the next few hours.

If you are getting to Venice from Florence, here are real-time departures from Firenze S.M.N. stations.

Sometimes we drive to Mestre, park and then travel the last leg from there to Venice by train. Here’s the same timetable service, showing the schedule of train departures and arrivals at the Venezia Mestre railway station.

Last but not least, our favorite departing railway station is Terme Euganee, in the hot spa resort town of Montegrotto, by the beautiful Euganean Hills, which also is a nice touristic area. Here is the real-time schedule of departures and arrivals from there.

Another major railway station in the area is Padova, well… Padua, that is. Here are the real-time departures and arrivals at that station.

Enjoy!

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Venice on Foot – Reaching Venice’s Main Attractions Quickly.

Unless you have a boat,  the quickest mean of transport in Venice is your own feet. Here is a suggested tagged map with shortcut routes that take you to Venice’s main attractions in about 30 minutes, by-passing the tourist-crowded Strada Nova. The trick is using the traghetto, the public service gondola that crosses the Canal Grande for a small fee, which shortens your walking time from the railway station Venezia  Santa Lucia  to the heart of the city.  In this instance, we used the San Toma’ traghetto. Along the proposed itinerary you’ll find interesting spots and shops and walk shoulder to shoulder with locals and daily commuters, as the shortcut is mostly used by them. The suggested paths take you to some of Venice’s main attractions, including St.Mark’s Square and Basilica, Gallerie dell’Accademia, Punta della Dogana, Palazzo Grassi, Ponte di Rialto, Frari, Salute… enjoy!

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Restaurants in Venice – Eat local food while in Venice – A Tagged Map

Here is a map of Venice restaurants, cafes, osterie, bacari etc. where you can eat true local food, moeche, cicheti, and gelato… from full-fledged three-course meals, to finger food…  mostly off too crowded areas. Check for opening hours before going… enjoy!

Ristorante Al Covo
Phone: +39 041 5223812
Address: Castello 3968 (Campiello della Pescaria) - Venezia
Also offers accommodations.
On Tripadvisor

Osteria ai Quatro Feri
Phone: +39 041 520 6978
Address: 2754, Dorsoduro – Venezia (Calle Lunga San Barnaba)

La Colombina
Phone: +39 041 2750622
Address: Cannaregio 1828 (Campiello Pegolotto) – Venezia.
From the main road (Calle del Pistor), face the little green newsagent booth, you should see a pharmacy right behind it, on the left. Take the narrow street behind the booth, coasting the pharmacy to the left, that takes you to Campiello del Pegolotto.

Pane Vino e San Daniele
Phone: +39 041 5237456
Address: Campo dell’Angelo Raffaele – Dorsoduro 1722 – Venezia
Also offers accommodations.

Osteria Bancogiro
Phone: +39 041-5232061
Campo San Giacometto, 122 – (San Polo) Venezia

Al Timon
Phone: +39 041 5246066
Address: Cannaregio 2754, (Fondamenta dei Ormesini) – Venezia

Al Paradiso Perduto
Phone: +39 041 720581
Cannaregio 2540, (Fondamenta della Misericordia) – Venezia

Campo Santa Margherita
This is not a restaurant, it is one of Venice’s squares, a campo; a favorite hangout for university students. Join the local crowd around 7 pm for a “spritz” or a gelato.

Osteria Al Bacco
Phone: +39 041 721415
Cannaregio, 3054 (Fondamenta de le Capuzzine) – Venezia

Da Luca e Fred
Phone: +39 041 716170
Address: Cannaregio 1518 (Rio Tera’ San Leonardo) – Venezia.
True local finger food.

Pizzeria Ae Oche
Phone: +39 041 524 1161
Address; Santa Croce, 1552 (Calle de le Oche) – Venezia ‎
A family hangout where you can get Italian pizza. Not far from the railway station.

Gelati Nico
Phone: +39 041 5225293
Dorsoduro, 922 (Fondamenta Zattere ai Gesuati) – Venezia.
Just off the vaporetto ZATTERE waterbus stop. If you are in a hurry, ask for a “gianduiotto da passeggio con panna”… you’re in for a real ice-cream treat!

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Venice oldest churches – A tagged map

According to Andrea Dandolo (c. 14), the oldest churches in Venice were built by Saint Magnus, bishop of Oderzo, after a series of dreams he had that told him where and when to build. Here is a map showing the locations of the sites where the original churches were built; they still stand there, even though the original buildings are long gone.

Visit to Venice Gardens – A Tagged Map

Here is a map showing gardens in Venice palaces that can be visited; before going, always check with the people who run the place to make sure you are allowed in. The essence of exploring Venice is getting far from the madding crowd, and looking for gardens can turn out to be an interesting experience, very different from the ordinary visit to the tourist-crowded spots of the city. Enjoy!

Venice map on mobile TuttoCitta’ app – A good alternative to Google Maps, with EVENTS around you!

With its newest release of the Google Map for mobile devices, Google is not doing a great service to Venice sightseers. The new look of the map at its highest resolution has confusing graphics,  which make it difficult to recognize where streets are and are not. In Venice, at night, in not-so-well-lit -though safe- streets confusing a canal for a tiny, narrow alley may result in getting an unwanted dive or ending up in a cul-de-sac. Here is an example of what you get to see in Venice on an Android device and Google Maps

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Can you make it out where streets exactly are and are not? Can you easily spot which way to go through the maze? We can’t, maybe you’re better than us. Hopefully, Google will amend this sooner or later … in the meanwhile, a useful alternative, especially if you are in a hurry and need to get somewhere quickly, an all-Italian free map solution comes to help: TUTTOCITTA’ (web-based). It is also available as an app for smartphones, tablet computers etc.

You can download the free TuttoCitta’ Android app here.

The iPhone, iPad etc app is available here.

Furthermore, TuttoCitta’ can show EVENTS around you!

TuttoCitta’ has a long history, and has helped Italians find their ways across major and minor cities and towns for decades.

Here is how the same area as above looks in TuttoCitta’

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As you can see, here you can easily make out streets, buildings, and canals. And TuttoCitta’ has a streetview-like layer of its own too! An additional useful feature of TuttoCitta’ map of Venice is that it also shows (some) street numbers.  Venice has a very peculiar way of giving street numbers to its buildings… numeration of buildings is not based on the street in which the buildings are, but on the neighborhood. Venice is divided into six neighborhoods, the sestieri (pl.), each building in a sestiere (neighborhood) is given a number, which sometimes makes it  hard to find where the building corresponding to a specific address actually is, because the numbers do not get back to count one as you move from street to street. Ask Venetian postmen, who have very detailed maps of the city to be able to deliver mail.

Venice Buildings and Palaces of the Grand Canal Map With Names

Here is a new map of Venice’s palaces on the Grand Canal  with names of buildings,  you can use while on the canals sightseeing.  We loaded it in Google’s new map engine, which directly shows the name of each palace – use Rotate Map (upper left corner – lower left corner on iPad) to correctly orient the placeholders with the main gate and facade of the palaces – in Venice’s palaces that are by canals the main gate and main entrance are by the water as they were (and still are) accessed by boat.

Palaces of the Grand Canal – a tagged map

While riding the vaporetto water-bus along the Canal Grande, Venice’s Grand Canal, have you ever wondered what the names of those marvelous palaces are? Here is a Google Maps link to a tagged map showing the names of the palaces and buildings on the canal, and the century they were built. Names of people may be shown, they are the architects who designed the palace. Most Venetian palace names begin with the word Ca’ which simply means “house” or casa in Italian, which is shortened into ca’  and followed by the name of the original owners of the homestead – e.g. Ca’ Marcello would be the ancestral dwelling of the Marcello family.

Here is a map of Venice’s palaces on the Grand Canal  we loaded in Google’s new map engine, which directly shows the name of each palace – use Rotate Map (upper left corner – lower left corner on iPad) to correctly orient the placeholders with the main gate and facade of the palaces – in Venice’s palaces that are by canals the main gate and main entrance are by the water as they were (and still are) accessed by boat.

P.S.  We have now made the same map available in Bing Maps, which works way better on smartphones and tablets!

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