Navigating Venice by Vaporetto


Note from Wandermom: This past weekend I realized that I hadn’t written much about our time in Venice last June. Over the next week I’ll be writing about this – I hope you enjoy!

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Ah Venice! The city of canals and gondolas. When we visited, I do think BigB was sure that we’d only travel by gondola while we were there. Unfortunately, gondolas are not really practical for a family of four – with backpacks – and the directions to our accommodation recommended taking a vaporetto to S’Angelo. But, just like any traveler first arriving in a new city, we weren’t quite sure how to navigate (excuse the pun) this novel form of public transportation. So we sat on the steps of the Venezia Santa Lucia train station enjoying our first gelato of the day watching the vaporettos puttering into their assigned docks, disgorging of passengers and loading up again. The kids were fascinated.

Single-journey vaporetto tickets are EU2 each. You can also buy tickets in half-day increments up to 72 hours or a 7-day pass. If you’re staying for longer than three days, you plan to use public transit and visit the many museums for which Venice is famous, a VENICE Card – which includes discounted admission to museums (and public restrooms!) is also available. If you arrive by train, there’s a ticket booth for ACTV tickets at the train station. There are children’s rates for the VENICE card but not for the multi-hour or multi-day ACTV tickets. You can buy tickets online at

Our journey that day was painless and we hopped on and off the vapos like natives over the next few days. Until, perhaps a little too comfortable with our prowess as vapo-riders, our trip to Murano became, in BigB’s words “Mom’s biggest mistake of the whole trip”. You’ll have to come back to find out what happened :)

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". . .life is short and the world is wide" - Simon Raven I'm not sure I've ever consciously planned a trip based on this sentiment, but it definitely influences my subconscious! I've been traveling as frequently and widely as possible since I finished school. And I love it. I love the research, the planning, the fervent packing and the curiosity of exploring somewhere I've never been before. My husband & I are both Irish - as in born-in-Ireland. But we live in Seattle. We have two boys: wild, boisterous, regular boys. So, since becoming a Mom, I've been a WanderMom. Given our slightly-unusual family situation, routine "visits-to-Grandma" are international trips requiring passports, 10hr-flights and (oh joy!) airport transfers. I have rants, raves and opinions about how, where & why to travel with kids (start them as young as you can, I say!). I hope to learn even more by researching topics which other wandermoms may be interested in reading about on this blog. Passports, pacifiers, diapers and gameboys at the ready - off we go! Contact Info: Email Michelle: michelle (at) murphnduff (dot) org

3 thoughts on “Navigating Venice by Vaporetto

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  2. jamie

    I will never NEVER forget the time a girlfriend and I thought we boarded a vaporetto. We grabbed some great seats, made ourselves comfortable, and…watched the boat pull away without us because we were actually sitting ON THE DOCK. What dorks.

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