Transportation guide for Venice

Getting around Venice

The old city center of Venice is divided into six areas known as sestieri. These are Castello, Cannaregio, San Marco, Santa Croce, Dorsoduro and San Polo. Some islands are also part of the city like the Giudecca and the San Giorgio, that can be seen from Piazza San Marco, the islands of Murano, Burano, Torcello and the Lido, home to Venice' s beaches.

By vaporetto (water bus)

There are many water buses and motorboats to take you quickly to any place in Venice. The vaporetto lines 1 and 82 travel along the Grand Canal from Piazzale Roma to the Lido, allowing passengers to view the wonderful buildings that stand alongside the Canal until it reaches the San Marco Basilica, where it is possible to catch a glimpse of the wonderful, majestic Piazza San Marco.

By gondola ferry

An interesting way to cross the Grand Canal from one side to the other is by using the gondola ferry, that is cheap but very picturesque. These ferries can be found at various points on the Grand Canal. For example from Santa Maria del Giglio to the Salute and vice versa, from Ca' Rezzonico to Palazzo Grassi and vice versa, from Riva del Vin to the Town Hall and vice versa, from the Rialto Market to Strada Nova and vice versa, from San Marcuola to Fontego dei Turchi and vice versa, from the train station to San Simeone and Giuda and vice versa.

On foot

Getting around the city on foot is however the most efficient and charming way of getting to know the city. The numbers of the streets in Venice start with 1 in each Sestiere and go upwards progressively.

This is a small help to you in order to find your way better around Venice:

  • Calle: the typical pedestrian street that can be either streta (narrow) or wide longa
  • Campo: an open space that is known as a square in other towns. In Venice, however, there is only one square, the one of San Marco
  • Campiello: a small square where there is no church
  • Fondamenta: a pedestrian path that runs alongside the canals and that can be of various sizes
  • Ruga: a busy road with a lot of houses and shops
  • Rio: a small internal canal
  • Salizada: the largest roads, the ones that have been asphalted first

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