Travel Guide Venice - Page 4
4. How To Get Around
There are several ways of transportation to get around in Venice. For a photographer, I would recommend them in the following order:
First, the fastest way is to go to most of the locations by foot, unless you are heading for a place which you cannot access by foot or which is close to a water bus station. Remember that many places are just in the middle of small streets or rivers and can’t be reached by water bus or taxi. The challenge with going by foot though is that you a) will get lost and b) will discover so many nice viewpoints where you will simply stop, put out your camera and take some shots. Then, of course, you are way beyond being fast crossing Venice. Although I tried to go by foot almost all the time, I needed to stop at so many crossings, bridges and places that I switched to water buses when I needed to go to a specific point to a certain point in time – e.g. sunset. Heading back from a sunset spot to your hotel is fun though, as you will still have great light and beautiful places in between as you can see below.
Second, try to use a water bus (vaporetto) from time to time. In August 2015, prices for a single ride (up to 60 min) costs €7 (€7.50 in February 2016), there are flat rates for 24, 36, 48 or 72 hours if needed so you can hop on and off without worrying about money. Fares are cheaper if you buy timed ticked through the ACTV web site in advance (I booked it here). Waterbuses are not the fastest method to get around but they depart regularly even at night and even to locations farer away. Although it is possible to enter a water bus without a valid ticket, it’s not unlikely to get controlled and then you better have a validated ticket to avoid trouble and costs. Even with a timed ticket you have to validate your ticket before entering a water bus, otherwise you are considered to drive without a ticket. My clear recommendation: Buy a ticket and save your money somewhere else.
Third, there are more expensive ways to get around, e.g. the water taxi, a kind of small speed boat and the gondolas, which aren’t fast at all. Both are extremely expensive, especially if you don’t discuss fares before you enter. A gondola can cost €80 for 40 min, and although everyone considers this as being romantic, it quite isn’t when you are next to 20 other gondolas stuck in a traffic jam and listening to Italian drivers chatting loudly from gondola to gondola. Unless you really want to do this, avoid it, especially as a photographer there is no need to ride a gondola. The only time I used a taxi was from the airport to Venice, pre-booked as a group ticket, then it just cost €33 which is fair in my eyes for the time you save.