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Durant and Cheryl Imboden
Editor and publisher of Europeforvisitors.com and EFVblog.com.
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Sorry, but we haven't used it ourselves. We just found the concept amusing.
Toggle Commented yesterday 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: http://europeforvisitors.com/venice/articles/venice-cruise-terminal-hotels.htm For general cruising information about Venice, see: http://veniceforcruisers.com/
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: http://europeforvisitors.com/venice/articles/water-taxis.htm And: http://europeforvisitors.com/venice/articles/transportation-from-the-cruise-port.htm 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 http://veniceforcruisers.com.
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: http://europeforvisitors.com/venice/articles/water-taxis.htm - di
Toggle Commented May 27, 2016 on A warning about water taxis at Venice Travel Blog
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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
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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
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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 Veniceforvisitors.com: http://europeforvisitors.com/venice/mestre/mestre-hotels.htm 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: http://europeforvisitors.com/venice/mestre/mestre-hotels-cruises.htm Finally, for general information about cruising from Venice, please see: http://veniceforcruisers.com/
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
April, 2016: We've just updated this post with current information and new photos of the bus stop in the Piazzale Roma.
The Hotel Bartolomeo is in a poor location for cruisers who are using the Marittima terminals, where large ships of lines such as Royal Caribbean, NCL, MSC, and Costa depart. You'd be much better off picking one of the hotels close to the Piazzale Roma, the Piazza San Marco, the St. Mark's Basin waterfront, or even the Lido that we feature in our "Venice Cruise Terminal Hotels" article at Venice for Visitors: http://europeforvisitors.com/venice/articles/venice-cruise-terminal-hotels.htm Still, if you can't change your booking, your best bet is to walk from the Hotel Bartolomeo to the nearest Alilaguna Linea Blu airport-boat stop (probably San Marco Giardinetti) and catch the Alilaguna Linea Blu boat to the Marittima cruise basin on your day of departure. (Another Alilaguna route, Linea Arancio or the Orange Line, stops closer to your hotel--at Rialto--but doesn't go anywhere near the cruise terminals.)
From the Royal San Marco, walk to the San Marco Giardinetti waterbus stop and take the Alilaguna Linea Blu airport boat to the Marittima cruise basin.
Ms. Good: You could take the People Mover or a taxi to the Piazzale Roma (on the edge of Venice's historic center) and walk from there, but the walking might be too much for you if you want to visit the Piazza San Marco, the Basilica, etc. A better bet, if you could manage it, would be to ride the Alilaguna Blue Line airport water bus from the Marittima cruise basin (near your ship) to the San Marco stop and explore from there on foot.
Ww aren't pavement historians (or historians, period), but I'd imagine that most paved streets from the late 1500s used the same kind of stone that's used now, since old habits die hard in Venice. That's just a personal guess, however.
Toggle Commented Apr 4, 2016 on The paving stones of Venice at Venice Travel Blog
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ABOVE: By the time the boy in this photo is a teenager, you may be able to take a train from Venice's Marco Polo Airport to the Venezia Santa Lucia Railroad Station. A trade publication, Railway Gazette, has just announced that Italy's rail network, Rete Ferroviaria Italiana, and SAVE (the management company for Venice's Marco Polo Airport) are planning a new airport rail link from VCE to the Venezia Mestre and Venezia Santa Lucia railroad stations. The link also will provide rail service to Trieste, approximately 116 km or 72 miles northeast of Venice. The project, which will cost an... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2016 at Venice Travel Blog