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The “traghetto” – a gondola ferry-boat service on the Grand Canal. Shortcuts for walking in Venice.

Apart from vaporetto waterbus service, Venice offers a way for pedestrians to cut through some walking by using the traghetto special gondolas that cross the Grand Canal at specific points. The service is much used by locals and commuters who either work or study in Venice to shorten their commuting routes. The traghetto gondola boats are specially fitted to accommodate standing passengers – no seats! You don’t need them, because it takes just a few minutes for the gondola to cross the Grand Canal. The boat has two rowers, who also stand as when rowing – one rows at the bow and the other one rows at the stern – the passengers stand in the space in between the two rowers. Upon boarding the gondola, you pay the ticket to the rower who will help you getting on board. As you get on board, you have to walk to the bottom of the gondola and then turn 180 degrees so that you are facing the bow of the gondola and stay standing – no seating. To keep your balance, walk along the main axis of the boat keeping your feet well apart. This is the cheapest way to experience a gondola trip in Venice! To find the “traghetto” crossing points, look at the TRAGHETTO GONDOLA layer in VAPORETTO Lines 1 through 5.2 maps  and VAPORETTO Lines 6 through 10 map . All the crossing points are shown in purple (they are all located along the Grand Canal). Enjoy! (Info: APT Venezia Tel. 041.5298711 )

Venice Vaporetto/Waterbus Stops

We have completed the mapping of Venice’s vaporetto waterbus lines. The lines are split into three separate maps (due to Google Maps’ limitations – sorry!). Here they are:

VAPORETTO LINES 1 through 5.2 which covers the main vaporetto lines in Venice and beyond;

VAPORETTO LINES 6 through 11 which covers vaporetto lines linking Venice to other islands of the lagoon;

VAPORETTO LINES 12 through 22 which covers more “exotic” lines, connecting the mainland to Venice and other islands of Venice’s lagoon.

Palaces Of The Grand Canal – A Tagged Map – updates

We have added information on some buildings of the Grand Canal: Ca’ Giustinian Persico, Ca’ Marcello “dei leoni”, and Ca’ Corner della Ca’ Granda – see the two maps that show the West bank and the East bank of the Grand Canal, respectively: Palaces of the Grand Canal – East Bank and Palaces of the Grand Canal – West Bank. Click on ‘Visione Panoramica’, zoom in and use left/right arrows until you can see the front of the palaces (as seen from the waterfront).

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