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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 )

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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’ Giustinian [Biennale] and Palazzo Giustinian [near Ca’ Foscari].

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

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.

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!

Suggested reading with unusual itineraries in Venice:

 

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