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Venetians and Venetophiles often wax nostalgic about the days when central Venice had more than 150,000 residents. (Since World War II, the centro storico's population has dropped to about 58,000.) They conveniently forget how many of those old-time Venetians lived in overcrowded apartments without modern conveniences. In the photo above, you can see the entrance to municipal showers in the city center where poorer Venetians once went to bathe. Today, the showers are gone, having been replaced by public toilets. The toilets are expensive--1,50 euros for tourists, less for locals--so it shouldn't be surprising that some visitors and residents whiz... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Venice Travel Blog
Ms. Slap: Take a land taxi from your hotel in Mestre to the cruise terminal (Marittima or San Basilio, as the case may be). All the piers are accessible by car. The trip shouldn't take longer than 10 minutes (15 minutes at most).
ABOVE: This video from Gondolas4all shows how the service works. (If you'd like to donate to the nonprofit project, click the "Donate Today!" ad in the video.) Venice is a more accessible city than you might guess, despite its more than 400 footbridges--nearly all with steps. If you plan your sightseeing carefully, you can explore much of the city center by wheelchair over level pavement, using the public vaporetti (water buses) to get from one accessible area to the next. (We cover the basics in our "Accessible Venice" article at Still, until recently, you were out of luck if... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Venice Travel Blog
These 5 hotels are just a short walk from Venice's airport buses, land taxis, and People Mover (which serves the Tronchetto parking garage and the Marittima cruise terminals). The Piazzale Roma is a transportation hub on the edge of Venice's historic center. It's the last place that you can reach by land taxi, airport bus, car, or bicycle before you enter the citywide pedestrian zone. In our Venice Hotel Guide at Venice for Visitors, we have articles about hotels that are convenient to airport transportation, the railroad station, the cruise terminals, and other locations (including hotels within a 10- to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Venice Travel Blog
Jochen: 30 to 40 euros, maybe? That's a purely off-the-cuff guess. We'd suggest asking the Consorzio Motoscafi Venezia (in English, the Venice Water Taxi Cooperative), which has an e-mail address at and a Web site at
Toggle Commented Jan 19, 2017 on A warning about water taxis at Venice Travel Blog
ABOVE: A sample walking map from our Venice Hotel Directions at For some time now, we've been offering step-by-step walking directions to hotels in Venice's historic center at our main Web site, Venice for Visitors. We've just finished improving and expanding our collection, which now totals more than 170 hand-edited walking maps. Each hotel has its own page with directions from the most convenient arrival point. We also provide hotel photos, brief hotel descriptions, and links to the hotels' pages at For even more convenience, our index pages now show you: Alphabetical hotel listings Hotels near Alilaguna airport-boat... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at Venice Travel Blog
Sorry, but we haven't used it ourselves. We just found the concept amusing.
Toggle Commented Dec 7, 2016 on A solar-powered gondola at Venice Travel Blog
Mike: The Hotel Danieli has its own water landing (and porters), so by all means take a water taxi if you prefer private transportation.
Toggle Commented Nov 10, 2016 on A warning about water taxis at Venice Travel Blog
Sandra Wright: I've never used a water taxi during Carnival, so I can't give you a definitive answer. It's certainly easy enough to prebook, though, if you'd rather be safe than sorry.
Toggle Commented Sep 19, 2016 on A warning about water taxis at Venice Travel Blog
No need to tip!
Toggle Commented Sep 15, 2016 on A warning about water taxis at Venice Travel Blog
One thing to keep in mind: Raw sewage feeds into Venice's canals, and studies have shown the canal water to be high in Hepatitis A bacteria and enteroviruses. If you go kayaking, be sure that you've had your shots, and keep your head above water!
Toggle Commented Sep 15, 2016 on Venice Kayak tours at Venice Travel Blog
Violet: Costa ships use the main Marittima basin. For hotel information, please see: For general cruising information about Venice, see:
Fabiana: You should be okay, assuming that your ship leaves in late afternoon (say, 5 or 6 p.m.) as most cruise ships do. It's only about a 10-minute by ride by taxi from Mestre to the cruise port. (Longer if you use public transportation.) Usually you can't embark before noon anyway.
Kathy, see: And: With eight adults and a baby, you may need an oversize water taxi, but the Consorzio Motoscafi (linked in our water-taxi article) should be able to arrange that.
Toggle Commented Aug 24, 2016 on A warning about water taxis at Venice Travel Blog
The free boat trips are pretty well-publicized. We prefer public transportation for a tout-free experience. :-)
Toggle Commented Aug 14, 2016 on Free boat trips to Murano at Venice Travel Blog
Avril Patterson: Probably 110-120 euros. But there's no need to take a water taxi to the cruise port. Just hire a land taxi for a fraction of the cost, or take an airport bus to the Piazzale Roma and catch the People Mover from there at a total cost of about 10 euros per person. For more information, see
Kishor: Water taxis are easy to get at the airport. Just go to one of the Water Taxi desks in the arrivals hall. The clerk will take your money, give you a voucher, and send you to a numbered pier where a water taxi will be waiting.
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2016 on A warning about water taxis at Venice Travel Blog
Leslie Brodie: I'm not familiar with the Hotel Casa Verado. Why not check the hotel's Web site for directions? As for water taxis, whether you can get on or off the boat without difficulty depends on water levels. In summer, you should be OK. (In winter, the water levels are sometimes quite low, making it hard to get in or out of a water taxi unless you're at a floating pier.) For advice on hiring water taxis, read our article at: - di
Toggle Commented May 27, 2016 on A warning about water taxis at Venice Travel Blog
ABOVE: The Santa Chiara Hotel is next to the Grand Canal and the Piazzale Roma, making it easy to reach from airport buses, taxis, parking, and cruise ships. Venice's Santa Chiara Hotel has long been popular with cruise passengers and visitors with heavy luggage, for a simple reason: It's located along the edge of the Piazzale Roma, just a short walk from airport buses, land taxis, and the People Mover elevated tram to the Tronchetto parking garage and the Marittima cruise terminals. From the Santa Chiara Hotel, it's easy to reach Venice's historic center on foot: You can cross the... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2016 at Venice Travel Blog
ABOVE: The No. 7 water bus offers direct service from San Zaccaria (near the Piazza San Marco) to the glassmaking island of Murano, but when we took it in April, the ACTV's official published timetable didn't even show the route (although the ACTV map and station timetables did). Venice's ACTV transit system offers a convenient (if expensive) way to get around Venice's historic center. It's also the most practical way to reach Murano, the Lido di Venezia, and other islands in the Venetian Lagoon. At our travel-planning site, Venice for Visitors, we include a page with links to the ACTV's... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2016 at Venice Travel Blog
Great story! Thanks for posting.
Toggle Commented May 23, 2016 on Where have Venice's cats gone? at Venice Travel Blog
ABOVE: From the T1 tram's terminus in Venice's Piazzale Roma, it's only a short walk over level ground to the Venice People Mover (an automated tram that runs to the Marittima cruise basin). Mestre, on the Venetian mainland, is popular with cruise passengers for two reasons: Hotels in Mestre are usually cheaper (or offer better value) than hotels in Venice's historic center; and... From a hotel in Mestre, you can take a land taxi directly to the Venice cruise terminals at Marittima (used by large ships), San Basilio, and Santa Marta. If you're considering a hotel in Mestre and are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2016 at Venice Travel Blog
We've now closed comments on this post. If you need hotel advice for Mestre, please see our Venice Mestre & Marghera Hotels guide at More specifically, see the Mestre Hotels for Cruise Passengers page of that article, which suggests where to stay and how to reach the cruise port: Finally, for general information about cruising from Venice, please see:
Hotel Delfino in Mestre to the Marittima cruise port: If you don't have too much luggage, you can take a public bus to the Piazzale Roma and catch the People Mover automated tram to the port from there. Your hotel reception desk will tell you which bus to catch and should be able to sell you tickets for the bus and People Mover. If you're carrying a lot of luggage, you'll probably want to take a taxi to the port. (I can't tell you the exact fare--it's probably in the neighborhood of 25 or 30 euros.)
I'm sorry, but we write exclusively for independent travelers, and we know nothing at all about renting boats for groups. Bucintoro Travel (do a Google Search) might be able to help you. Otherwise, a search on "Venice incoming services" might yield something.
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2016 on A warning about water taxis at Venice Travel Blog