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Durant and Cheryl Imboden
Editor and publisher of Europeforvisitors.com and EFVblog.com.
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Re Mestre train station to Venice by bus: Just take the train. Trains run between Venezia Mestre station and Venezia Santa Lucia Station every few minutes. Buy a ticket from a machine, hop on the next train, and you'll be in Venice within 10 or 12 minutes. If you insist on taking the bus, you can find timetables on the transit agency's site: http://actv.avmspa.it/en/content/urban-lines-0
Mr. Bullard: From the Venezia Mestre railroad station, it's easiest to simply catch a train. (Trains run almost constantly between Venezia Mestre and Venezia Santa Lucia in central Venice. You can buy a ticket from a machine. The last time I checked, the fare was 1,25 euro, which is even cheaper than the municipal buses.)
A water taxi to San Giovanni Girostomo (or the nearest drop-off point) should be 110 to 120 euros. That's the cost to most points in central Venice.
Toggle Commented Jul 18, 2020 on A warning about water taxis at Venice Travel Blog
Your best bet is to check with the source: e-mail info@gondolas4all.com.
You should be fine. A few places might be closed, but the city has a long history of coping with tidal flooding.
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A guide to our resources about acqua alta, or tidal flooding, with tips on what to expect if it occurs during your visit to Venice, Italy. Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2019 at Venice Travel Blog
Burano is pretty close to the airport as the seagull flies, but getting there isn't easy by public transporation (especially at such an early hour). I suspect that your best bet would be to either hire a water taxi or see if your landlord/landlady knows someone locally who can get you to VCE by boat. See our "Venice Water Taxis" article at: https://europeforvisitors.com/venice/articles/water-taxis.htm
For sizing information, you'll need to contact Goldon. See the link in the article or go to: http://www.goldon.it/EN/index.html
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Short-term holiday rentals are more popular than ever (in Venice and elsewhere), but don't book until you've read our advice. Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at Venice Travel Blog
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Looking for a hotel near the Marittima or San Basilio cruise piers in Venice, Italy? Check out our descriptions with photos, maps, and walking information. Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2019 at Venice Travel Blog
Just buy four ACTV bus tickets from any ACTV ticket booth, ACTV ticket machine, or tobacco shop (look for small shops with "T" signs.) ACTV bus tickets are interchangeable with dedicated People Mover tickets, as we indicate in our post. Many newsstands and souvenir shops also sell ACTV tickets. Make sure you're buying the cheap bus tickets and not the more expensive vaporetto or waterbus tickets.
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When the lines at the official Deposito Bagagli are long, try this independent luggage-storage service just outside of Venezia Santa Lucia Railroad Station in Venice, Italy. Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2019 at Venice Travel Blog
Ms. McGuinness, see our "10 hotels closest to Venice cruise ships" article at Veniceforvisitors.com: https://europeforvisitors.com/venice/articles/10-hotels-near-cruise-ships.htm Your best bet would be a hotel with an elevator, such as the Hotel Santa Chiara or the AC Hotel Venezia (links in article above). Both are near the People Mover tram to the Marittima cruise port, which has elevators and escalators at both stations.
Re the Hilton Garden Inn: Its location is convenient if you have a car, and not so convenient if you don't. A land taxi should be able to get you there.
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 Booking.com pages where you can check rates and (if you wish) make a reservation: https://europeforvisitors.com/venice/directions/index-railroad-station.htm Also, once you're on any featured hotel's Booking.com 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?) https://europeforvisitors.com/venice/venice-warning.htm
Toggle Commented Apr 24, 2018 on A warning about water taxis at Venice Travel Blog
Silvia Jorrin, see: https://europeforvisitors.com/venice/articles/10-hotels-near-cruise-ships.htm
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 info@gondolas4all.com.
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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." 2019 Update: As of January, 2019, the Venice Secrets exhibition was still going (despite the information on its Web site) so check it out if you're in the neighborhood and the exhibition's subject matter interest you. 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... 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. 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