GETTING AROUND IN Venice
The small size and the considerable amount of interesting views at every turn of the road make walking the best way to visit Venice: moving into the so-called calli, campi, fondamente e salizzade is truly impressive.
It is however a good idea to use ferries, connecting all the city districts and neighboring islands: they are essential to reach some of the islands, but also very suggestive due to the point of view you can have on the city skyline.
The service is operated by ATCV; tickets (6.50 euro for 60 minutes) are sold in ticket offices near the main stops, but also in tobacco shops, newsstands and bars and must be obliterated before getting on board. You can buy the ticket on board too, but the rate is increased. The most convenient way to travel by boat is to request a time-ticket with unlimited travel valid for 12, 24, 36, 48, 72 hours or 7 days.
Ferry lines are grouped into four main categories: "Centro Città", crossing the city by navigating mainly along the waterways of the Grand Canal or the Giudecca Canal, from Tronchetto to Lido di Venezia (lines 1 and 2); "Giracittà" linking the outer perimeter of the lagoon city to Murano and Lido di Venezia (lines 3, 41.1, 41.2, 51.1, 51.2, 6); "Lagunare", connecting with the outer islands of the archipelago lagoon, as Murano, Burano, Torcello, Sant'Erasmo, S. Servolo and to the mainland, arriving at Marco Polo Airport in Tessera, Treporti, Punta Sabbioni, Chioggia, Fusina, San Giuliano (lines 12, 13, 14, 19); "Stagionale", active during busiest holidays or on occasions of important events.
Mobility in Venice is guaranteed 24 hours. From midnight until five in the morning there is a night service, marked by the line N.
Often ignored by tourists, but used by the inhabitants, is the collective taxi gondola: a "ferry" that crosses the Grand Canal from bank to bank, in order not to have to get to the nearest bridge, at a cost of 50 euro cents.
Definitely more expensive than public transport, but faster and more convenient especially if you have a lot of luggage, are water taxis, recognizable by the license number printed on a yellow band, at the height of the window. It's a good idea to check the rate before boarding in order to avoid surprises.
The gondolas, ancient traditional Venetian boat, is even less convenient, but it is definitely an experience that should be made during the stay in the lagoon, ideal for those looking for a romantic moment, perhaps at sunset or at night. The price of a gondola ride can be bargained with the gondoliers, but they hardly agree less than 80 € for 30 minutes.