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Checking on the ‘acqua alta’ floodings. There’s an app for that.

Fall is about to end and winter is coming. As you probably know, during this period Venice is subject to flooding, the so-called acqua alta (high water). This usually happens during rainy days, when the wind is blowing inland from the sea and the tide is rising. On acqua alta days, vast portions of Venice get flooded as water pours in from canals and the lagoon, as the tide rises. Venice starts flooding when the water level raises above 80 cm from the mean sea level. On those days, raised gangways are placed along the main pedestrian traffic routes. Locals and commuters don fishing boots and tourists use plastic bags as a makeshift protection. There’s an app available for smartphones from which you can check if, when, and where a flooding condition is expected to happen in Venice:


 

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Venice Weather Radar

If you are in Venice and would like to know whether a storm is heading to the city, we recommend you look at the almost real-time Doppler radar animation provided by ARPAV regional weather service. On the radar map, Venice is the white dot with the “VE” tag. Just click on the PLAY button and you’ll get something that is somewhat similar to a NWS weather radar animation. In April through October, add one hour to the time shown, as we are on daylight saving time during that time.

Venice Vaporetto Waterbus Stops & Lines – A Tagged Map – Completed!

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.

We plan to add maps for the other company providing waterbus services in Venice – Alilaguna – soon, as they are the only one providing a public waterbus service from/to the Venezia Marco Polo airport in Tessera (Venice’s airport).

– To cruise along the Grand Canal, you can choose between two lines: Line 1, which stops more frequently (longer travel time) or Line 2, which stops less frequently (shorter travel time).

– If your destination is Piazza San Marco, the closest stops are those that read like SAN MARCO or S. MARCO and those that read S. ZACCARIA DANIELI (SAN ZACCARIA DANIELI) or S. ZACCARIA JOLANDA (SAN ZACCARIA JOLANDA). If you look at the map, you’ll see that all the other SAN ZACCARIA stops are relatively close to Piazza San Marco.

– If you arrive by car and park at the Tronchetto, Line 2 is the fastest connection to Piazza San Marco that also provides a Grand Canal cruise.

– If you are going to visit any of the Biennale exhibitions, get off at the GIARDINI (BIENNALE) stop for the main exhibit area, and at the ARSENALE stop to visit the Corderie and Arsenale exhibit area.

– For on-request stops (e.g. CERTOSA), when on board, ask one of the crew members to stop there. If you are at one of the on-request stops, dial the free-of-charge number 800845065 and ask for the boat to stop.

There are vaporetto waterbuses also from the mainland to Venice. The three spots from which you can reach Venice by parking your car on the mainland are the Cavallino/Treporti/Punta Sabbioni waterbus stops, which are located north of Venice, the Chioggia waterbus stops – south of Venice, and the Fusina waterbus stop, east of Venice, near Mestre. Depending on the location, the travel time to reach Venice may exceed one hour though – so check the ACTV (the vaporetto company) timetables in advance of your travel.   Of course, you can also drive your car all the way to the Tronchetto car park and catch a vaporetto there.

Further reading

If you are interested in discovering curious stories  about the Grand Canal and its beautiful palaces, we recommend this book:

Alberto Toso Fei’s The Secrets of the Grand Canal

which provides little-known, interesting stories and legends on many of the most remarkable palaces and places along Venice’s Grand Canal, on the people who built them and called them home. Concise but well-documented. Also provides a map of the Grand Canal with reference.

If you are interested in curious itineraries and good eat-outs to explore when in Venice, we highly recommend

The secret Venice of Corto Maltese by Lele Vianello and Guido Fuga:

Following the imaginary footsteps of the world-renown comics character Corto Maltese, and the real likes and promenades of his creator, Hugo Pratt, this book suggests seven itineraries, seven doors  that provide access to some of the most intimate places, venues, and eateries in Venice.  The itineraries are pivoted on good places where you can eat true Venetian food and the text is interspersed with historical and literary information, providing anecdotes about curious artifacts, ancient relics from Venice distant past that have survived to this day and have an interesting story to tell, and which you would never imagine existed unless you are a local.

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).

Palaces Of The Grand Canal – A Tagged Map – updates

We have added information on some buildings of the Grand Canal’s West bank: Palazzo Querini DuboisCa’ Coccina Tiepolo Papadopoli / Palazzo Papadopoli, and Ca’ Bernardo – see the map Palaces of the Grand Canal – West Bank.

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?

We provide two maps of the palaces of the Grand Canal in Bing maps. The two maps 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).

Venice by Train – Real-time Schedule and Timetable of Departures / Arrivals from/To Major Cities

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.

DEPARTURES NOW 

ARRIVALS NOW

Here are the DEPARTURES from Venice Santa Lucia train station in 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, or 21 hours from now:

Train DEPARTURES from Venice Santa Lucia in 3 hours
Train DEPARTURES from Venice Santa Lucia in 6 hours
Train DEPARTURES from Venice Santa Lucia in 9 hours
Train DEPARTURES from Venice Santa Lucia in 12 hours
Train DEPARTURES from Venice Santa Lucia in 15 hours
Train DEPARTURES from Venice Santa Lucia in 18 hours
Train DEPARTURES from Venice Santa Lucia in 21 hours

Here are the ARRIVALS at Venice Santa Lucia train station in 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, or 21 hours from the present time:

Train ARRIVALS at Venice Santa Lucia in 3 hours
Train ARRIVALS at Venice Santa Lucia in 6 hours
Train ARRIVALS at Venice Santa Lucia in 9 hours
Train ARRIVALS at Venice Santa Lucia in 12 hours
Train ARRIVALS at Venice Santa Lucia in 15 hours
Train ARRIVALS at Venice Santa Lucia in 18 hours
Train ARRIVALS Venice Santa Lucia in 21 hours

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

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If you are getting to Venice from Bologna, here are real-time departures from Bologna Centrale station.
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If you are getting to Venice from Verona, here are real-time departures from Verona P.N. station.

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

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If you are getting to Venice from Vicenza, here are real-time departures from Vicenza station.
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If you are getting to Venice from Treviso, here are real-time departures from Treviso Centrale station.
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Another major railway station in the area is Padova, well… Padua, that is. Here are the real-time departures and arrivals at that station.

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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.
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Enjoy!

Palaces Of The Grand Canal – A Tagged Map – updates

We have added information on some buildings of the Grand Canal’s East bank: Ca’ Moro-Lin, PalazzinaG, and Palazzo Grassi Valmarana Palaces of the Grand Canal – East Bank.

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?

We provide two maps of the palaces of the Grand Canal in Bing maps. The two maps 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).

Names of the Palaces of the Grand Canal in Venice. A Tagged Map. Updates

We have added information to the tags of Ca’ [Balbi/Trevisan] Smith Mangilli Valmarana [Claudio Buziol Foundation].

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?

We provide two maps of the palaces of the Grand Canal in Bing maps. The two maps show the West bank and the East bank of the Grand Canal, respectively: Palaces of the Grand Canal 1 – West Bank    Palaces of the Grand Canal 2 – East Bank. Zoom in until you can see the front of the palaces (from the waterfront).

Also, a map with the names of the palaces on the Grand Canal   in Bing Maps  for both banks

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