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Durant and Cheryl Imboden
Editor and publisher of Europeforvisitors.com and EFVblog.com.
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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.)
Ms. Jakubiz: Water taxis run 24/7. Book ahead on the official water-taxi Web site, and you should be fine. https://www.motoscafivenezia.it/eng/
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: https://www.motoscafivenezia.it/eng/
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: https://www.motoscafivenezia.it/eng/contatti.php
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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): http://europeforvisitors.com/venice/directions/saturnia-and-international.htm 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: https://www.motoscafivenezia.it/eng/ 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: http://europeforvisitors.com/venice/directions/lagare-venezia.htm
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: http://europeforvisitors.com/venice/articles/venice-tourist-travel-cards.htm Also see our article for disabled travelers and slow walkers: http://europeforvisitors.com/venice/articles/accessible_venice.htm 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: http://europeforvisitors.com/venice/articles/vi-transport.htm
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2017 on A warning about water taxis at Venice Travel Blog
For information about Orsoni's classes, e-mail master@orsoni.com.
Linda: See our Venice Water Taxis article at Venice for Visitors: http://europeforvisitors.com/venice/articles/water-taxis.htm 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
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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 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 Veniceforvisitors.com.) Still, until recently, you were out of luck if... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Venice Travel Blog
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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 info@motoscafivenezia.it and a Web site at https://www.motoscafivenezia.it/eng/.
Toggle Commented Jan 19, 2017 on A warning about water taxis at Venice Travel Blog
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ABOVE: A sample walking map from our Venice Hotel Directions at Veniceforvisitors.com. 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 Booking.com. 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