Vaporetto is singular and Vaporetti is plural for the city bus/boats of Venice. The company named ACTV operates the Vaporetti, and maps of the system can be found at each dock. Although there are ACTV representatives stationed at many of the docks, it is easier to be familiar with the system in advance. The ACTV website enables you to download a free map before leaving for your Venice holiday.
Lines 1 and 2 are the most popular. It is very important to know in advance which Line will best serve your needs. Line 1 makes every Grand Canal stop, and takes approximately 45 minutes from beginning to end. Line 2 takes approximately 25 minutes from beginning to end, and makes only 8 stops.
During our stay in Venice, we enjoyed both walking and also riding on the Vaporetti. It is best to enjoy the Vaporetti early in the morning, or later in the evening. The afternoons tend to be extremely crowded. We purchased 48 hour day passes, and combined walking with riding by hopping on and off wherever and whenever the lines were shorter. It is fun, and less expensive than a Gondola ride. Ciao, ciao!
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