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The Ca' dell' Arte Suite is a long, long way from the railroad station. You can walk there in half an hour or so (if you don't get lost), but the walk will require crossing many footbridges with steps and contending with crowds. The alternatives to walking would include the vaporetto (public water bus), which is expensive and often crowded, or a water taxi (which could easily set you back 100 euros or so, depending on the time of day). Unless you have a non-cancellable reservation or are staying long enough to justify the hassle of getting to and from a distant hotel, I'd strongly urge you to cancel your reservation and rebook at a hotel closer to the station. This page on our main Venice for Visitors travel-planning site may be helpful. The links on the page will take you to "Venice Hotel Directions" pages that with step-by-step walking directions, maps, and links to pages where you can check rates and (if you wish) make a reservation: Also, once you're on any featured hotel's page, you can switch to map view and see all hotels, B&Bs, apartments, etc. within the surrounding area. This way, you'll have plenty of options even if you can't get a room at one of the hotels that we've featured in our Venice Hotel Directions. BTW, Venice is one of the few cities in Europe where hotel location is critically important, just because it's a city where (in the words of Robert Benchley) the "streets are filled with water" and even a horrendously expensive water taxi won't get you to every hotel. As we state on our "No. 1 Venice Hotel Warning" page, don't pick a hotel that's inconvenient or expensive to reach--and don't be afraid to cancel if you've had second thoughts about a hotel's location. (Why suffer if you don't need to?)
Toggle Commented Apr 24, 2018 on A warning about water taxis at Venice Travel Blog
Silvia Jorrin, see:
Cyndee: Your best bet is to contact Gondolas4all, since they're the people who operate the gondola service. See the link above or e-mail
ABOVE: The history of Venice (like the history of humanity in general) isn't always pretty, and Venice Secrets will show you how the Venetian Republic "applied justice, in a severe manner with certain and sometimes cruel punishments." From March 31 through May 1, 2018, a major exhibition titled Venice Secrets will allow locals and visitors "to get to know the cruellest and gory side of the Venetian Republic" over the centuries. The official press release states: "On 31 March 2018, Palazzo Zaguri opens the “Venice Secrets, Crime and Justice” exhibition to the public. "An exhibition which recounts the history of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2018 at Venice Travel Blog
Ms. Harris: A shared water taxi will drop you off at a designated point, not at the hotel of your choice. Why not simply take the Alilaguna Linea Arancio (Orange Line) airport boat? It's cheaper and will drop you off at Rialto.
Adam: Yes, they're separate companies, but they should be fine.
The Fish Market is open Tuesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. (Morning is the best time to see the action.)
Toggle Commented Oct 16, 2017 on Pescheria (Rialto Fish Market) at Venice Travel Blog
Ms. Jakubiz: Water taxis run 24/7. Book ahead on the official water-taxi Web site, and you should be fine.
Toggle Commented Sep 24, 2017 on A warning about water taxis at Venice Travel Blog
Ms. Judge: The water taxis carry up to 10 passengers and suitcases, and yes, the Carlton on the Grand Canal is accessible by water taxi. For more information, please see the water taxi operators' cooperative Web site:
Toggle Commented Aug 23, 2017 on A warning about water taxis at Venice Travel Blog
Michael: Is it possible that your credit-card company declined the transaction? It isn't uncommon for foreign transactions to be flagged or blocked if the issuer hasn't been notified ahead of time. I'd suggest checking with your credit-card company just in case, using the customer-service number on the back of the card. We don't have any special insights about water-taxi scheduling or availability, but the Consorzio should be able to help you. See their Web site's contact page at:
ABOVE: Ingo Bollhöfer caught a seagull in flight with a water taxi, a vaporetto station, and Venice's Dogana di Mare in the background. By day, Ingo Bollhöfer is the managing director of a German software firm. In his off-hours, he takes pictures--including images of Venice, which he's been visiting since 2004. He recently shared a portfolio of his color and monochrome photos with us, and we think they're fantastic. We've reproduced a handful of images from Herr Bollhöfer's portfolio here. To see more, click the link at the end of this post. ABOVE: A dog takes a break outside a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2017 at Venice Travel Blog
Cheryl Apple, see our Hotel Saturnia & International Hotel directions page at Venice for Visitors, which has step-by-step walking directions, a map, and a link to an article about the Alilaguna airport boat (which you'll take to San Marco): The page also has directions to the hotel from the Marittima cruise terminals (which you can simply do in reverse if you're going to Marittima from the hotel).
Elezon: To find out water-taxi rates to specific destinations, contact the Consorzio Motoscafi Venezia (the taxi pilots' cooperative), which has a Web site at: But if you're going to the La Gare hotel on Murano between April and October, you don't even need a water taxi. The seasonal Alilaguna Red Line airport boats stop right next to the hotel entrance, and the cost is far cheaper than a water taxi. Here's our directions page for the hotel at Venice for Visitors:
Toggle Commented May 18, 2017 on A warning about water taxis at Venice Travel Blog
Ms. Wilkie: Venice is fairly walkable, if you don't mind footbridges (which usually have steps) or can avoid them. One strategy, in many parts of the city center, is to take the No. 1 vaporetto or public water bus to avoid bridges. In many cases, a vaporetto stop will give you access to a fairly good-size area where there are no bridges to cross. If you and your grandmother try this, be sure to buy ACTV Tourist Travel Cards, which allow unlimited travel on public transportation for one, two, three, or seven days, depending on the version that you've bought. See: Also see our article for disabled travelers and slow walkers: Two other points: 1) If your grandmother has a bad knee, getting in and out of a water taxi may not be practical (depending on the water level at any given time). The public water bus, especially the No. 1 or 2. vaporetto (routes with flat floors), will be easier. 2) Except for bridges, Venice is nearly flat, with smooth paving stones. Walking isn't physically challenging, although crowds during peak season or on weekends can be a problem.
Toggle Commented May 17, 2017 on A warning about water taxis at Venice Travel Blog
Matej: I haven't heard any warnings about unofficial water taxis, but I'd imagine that the local taxi industry (which has an effective monopoly) is worried about the possibility of an acquatic Uber or Lyft! - di
Toggle Commented May 10, 2017 on A warning about water taxis at Venice Travel Blog
I'm sorry, but it isn't our shop, and I doubt very much if it does mail order. (I don't think the owners even speak English.)
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2017 on Maggie in a Venice pet shop at Maggie in Venice
"Is there a way to get to the airport in Venice by bus or less expensive options than 100 euros?" Sure. Just take the ATVO airport bus or Alilaguna water bus, depending on where you're staying. See our Venice for Visitors transportation index at:
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2017 on A warning about water taxis at Venice Travel Blog
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Linda: See our Venice Water Taxis article at Venice for Visitors: Your hotel reception can book a water taxi for you, too. (Just make sure you know what you're paying: The fare shouldn't be more than 110 or 120 euros.)
Toggle Commented Mar 24, 2017 on A warning about water taxis at Venice Travel Blog
Ms. McCahey: I assume you mean the squero near the San Trovaso church. It's quite near the Zattere vaporetto stop on the Giudecca Canal (line 2), but you can also reach it from the Accademia stop on the Grand Canal (line 1) quite easily.
Ms. Sauder: We didn't buy the solar-powered gondola model ourselves, and it's been a few years since my wife took the photo in a shop window that she happened to pass. Sorry that we can't be more helpful! - di
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2017 on A solar-powered gondola at Venice Travel Blog
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 Feb 22, 2017 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