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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