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Santa Croce
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Address: Isola Nova del Tronchetto 32, 30135 Venice, Italy
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

Far more affordable than a traditional gondola—and traveling the same...

Far more affordable than a traditional gondola—and traveling the same scenic canals—is a ride via motorized Venice vaporetto. Think of it as public city bus on wheels, but with a far better view.

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Great method to see venice

Hop on and off the waterbus. Great way to see Venice and adjoining Islands. Only 20 Euro for 24 hours of continuous travels.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 23, 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

Hop on and off the waterbus. Great way to see Venice and adjoining Islands. Only 20 Euro for 24 hours of continuous travels.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

If you like to see Venice from the water and not from the overpriced (but still charming) gondola, you can use their public transportation. It's really simple and quite fast. The map of the lines is clear, so if you aren't idiot, you can't get lost or get on the wrong ship. The ticket costs 7.5 Euro or you can... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016

We took the vaporetto up and down the Grande Canal, which was a relaxing way to see Venice. This is an inexpensive way to get a good tour of Venice and its great architectural treasures.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016

Travelling down the Grand Canal by vaporetto was definitely a fun experience. It is a little pricey, but I think if you are going to Venice you just need to realize that it probably will be expensive. Five stars if it weren't so expensive.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016

We bought a 24 hour pass each and went to Torcello, Burano and Murano, and from one end of the Grand Canal to the other! Fantastic value! Sometimes they are a bit crowded but are frequent and easy to find your way around the timetable.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016

I love these "busses." Who doesn't? I would ride them simply for pleasure. Who wouldn't? Sometimes it's almost difficult to remember that this is a legitimate mode of public transport, and not one for tourists. The systemic very efficient and reliable and runs on time. Remember to buy a pass and validate it before boarding. Don't even go onto the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016

Without question, you get more of the flavour of Venice by walking around, and that should be your main means of getting about. The Vaporetto costs €7.50 per single ticket - apparently one-sixth of that if you are a resident of Venice. Multi-day tickets are much cheaper and are worth having if, like us, you are staying on Murano or... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016

We used the Vaporetto to get around Venice and, also, used it for the grand Canal Tour. It gave us an overall picture of Venice and made it easier to get around after the tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016

We got the two day pass for 30 euro each and we are SO glad we did. Yes you can walk everywhere in Venice but walking over cobblestones in crowded alleys and across dozens of bridges get old pretty fast. Not to mention the view from the canals is really the best way to see Venice! And this pass gets... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016

Save your feetsies. It's much better to ride this boat. In a way, you're getting a tour of the city, by the canals... Dont skimp on the hourly pass. Just bite the bullet and get the duration that you're here. Your body will thank you later.

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Santa Croce
Santa Croce gained importance as a sestiere (district) when Piazzale Roma was created in the 1930s to bring cars and buses close to the center of Venice. Constitution Bridge spans the Grand Canal linking Piazzale Roma to the train station. This area buzzes with energy from travelers and students. Historic palaces and former industrial buildings house some departments of Ca' Foscari and IUAV Architecture universities. On the Fondaco dei Turchi, Venice's Museum of Natural History offers Venetians prehistoric thrills, plus an overview of lagoon fish and wildlife. The Grand Canal, northern boundary of Santa Croce, is lined with palaces and decorated by the tall green dome of San Simeon Piccolo. Ca' Pesaro attracts Venetians to its contemporary art exhibitions. The Grand Canal exposes only one face of these buildings. On the opposite side, the palace often interacts with a square or a busy street to represent its neighborhood identity.
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