Venice’s Grand Canal by Vaporetto

The Grand Canal is main waterway in Venice, and as old as the settlement itself. It snakes through the heart of this unique city, its sides lined with buildings that chronicle Venice’s economic and social history. Many of these buildings stand right up against the water, so the only way to see them is from a boat.

Not a bad front door!

Not a bad front door!

Of course, the most appealing way of travelling around Venice is by gondola, but that can be very pricey. The same goes for water taxis. Fortunately, there’s a third option, that’s much lighter on the wallet.

The vaporetti (singular vaporetto) are the transportation workhorses of Venice and its surrounding lagoon. Just like a regular bus service, these water buses have scheduled routes and timetables, to move locals and tourists from one part of the city to another, and between the lagoon’s numerous islands. They’ll even take you to the airport!

A vaporetto leaving the island of Murano

A vaporetto leaving the island of Murano

Unsurprisingly, several of the main vaporetto routes run along the Grand Canal, making them a great means of sightseeing, while crossing the city. And early one morning in August, during our most recent visit to Venice, we did just that.

The Grand Canal from Santa Lucia railway station.  Venice's main waterway runs roughly 2.4 miles from near here to St Mark's Basin

The Grand Canal from Santa Lucia railway station.
Venice’s main waterway runs roughly 2.4 miles from near here to St Mark’s Basin

A Venetian 'bus stop' outside the railway station

A Venetian ‘bus stop’ outside the railway station

The vaporetti can be pretty crowded at certain times of the day, but it's all part of the fun!

The vaporetti can be pretty crowded at certain times of the day, but it’s all part of the fun!

The canals of Venice, Grand or otherwise, are full of working vessels

The canals of Venice, Grand or otherwise, are full of working vessels

A gondola parking lot

A gondola parking lot

The Pescheria (fish market)

The Pescheria (fish market)

Approaching the Rialto Bridge, the only bridge across the Grand Canal until 1854. Today it is one of four bridges spanning the canal.

Approaching the Rialto Bridge, the only bridge across the Grand Canal until 1854.
Today it is one of four bridges spanning the canal.

Passing beneath the Rialto

Passing beneath the Rialto

View of the Grand Canal heading towards St Mark's from the Rialto Bridge

View of the Grand Canal heading towards St Mark’s (taken from the Rialto Bridge)

A vaporetto heading back towards the Railway station, also from the Rialto

A vaporetto heading back towards the Railway station (also taken from the Rialto)

Following another vaporetto 'downstream' from the Rialto

Following another vaporetto ‘downstream’ from the Rialto

Looking back at the Rialto Bridge

Looking back at the Rialto Bridge

The sides of the canal are thick with brightly-coloured mooring poles

The sides of the canal are thick with brightly-coloured mooring poles

A gondolier readying his craft for another day's work

A gondolier readying his craft for another day’s work (note that he’s not in uniform yet)

The stunning Palazzo Barbarigo, decorated with mosaics made of Murano glass

The stunning Palazzo Barbarigo, decorated with mosaics made of Murano glass

The Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, home to the Peggy Guggenheim Museum

The Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, home to the Peggy Guggenheim Museum

Another gondolier getting ready for the day

Another gondolier getting ready for the day

Approaching the mouth of the Grand Canal

Approaching the mouth of the Grand Canal

Some friends reflecting on our Journey

Some friends reflecting on our Journey

The Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute

The Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute

The Dogana da Mar at the entrance of the Grand Canal

The Dogana da Mar at the entrance of the Grand Canal

San Giorgio Maggiore across St Mark's Basin

San Giorgio Maggiore across St Mark’s Basin

Our Destination - St Mark's Square and the Doge's Palace (taken from San Giorgio Maggiore)

Our Destination – St Mark’s Square and the Doge’s Palace (taken from San Giorgio Maggiore)

Vaporetto stops line the Riva Degli Schiavoni near St Mark's Square (photo taken from the Doge's Palace)

Vaporetto stops line the Riva degli Schiavoni near St Mark’s Square (photo taken from the Doge’s Palace)

Destination reached... St Mark's Square

Destination reached… St Mark’s Square

This post was inspired by Cee’s Which Way Challenge.

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2 Responses to Venice’s Grand Canal by Vaporetto

  1. Cee Neuner says:

    I so enjoy being on the water. Great photos. Thanks for playing.

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