Vaporetto Dell’Arte – New Hop On Hop Off Water Bus in Venice

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The locals must be ecstatic, I can almost hear a collective sigh of relief. At last the City of Venice has recognised the long over-due need for a dedicated vaporetto, or water bus, just for tourists. Venice is a stunningly gorgeous but special city, with canals replacing roads and boats by cars, and with a reportedly 15 million tourists a year something desperately needed to be done about the congestion on the vaporetto.

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If you’ve ever been to Venice, you will know what I mean when I say it seemed almost impossible at times to squeeze one more person on these sometimes overloaded vessels – although I don’t know whether I’ve ever heard of one sinking. With Venetian children on the way to school, mothers shopping for the weekly groceries or business men on their way to work, I for one always felt guilty when taking up valuable space toting my luggage onto the vaporetto.

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How to Get Around in Venice (when you’re tired)

So your trusty sneakers are nearly worn out after treading the narrow streets and alleys, how else will you discover Venice?  If you are like the many visitors to Venice you will probably take the cheapest public transport option – the water buses, or vaporetti.  Venice’s ‘vaporetto’ system is not too difficult to master – the most confusing part of the process is trying to fathom the route map which can definitely bring your IQ into question – well, it does look like pieces of coloured spaghetti thrown onto a map.

These vaporetti give a wonderful perspective to the city that walking just can’t render – to see the impressive palaces which line the Grand Canal, with the gorgeous and elaborate facades is a wonderful experience.

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