Post written by JaMeka
I’m not going to lie, Venice was probably the most expensive city we visited when we were in Italy. However, we did splurge on an unforgettable gondola ride so that may have been a tiny factor! If you’re going to visit Venice and need to figure out your mode of transportation then I’m here to help!
We saw so many people on their cool private boats and chauffeured water taxis, I must say I was a bit jealous. If you want to get around Venice without spending a lot of money then a private water taxi is definitely not the way to go!
Like many other cities, Venice’s local transit authority (ACTV) offers a Tourist Travel Card that can be purchased for 1, 2, 3 or 7 days of traveling around Venice by using their public transportation. This covers not only water travel but also land (bus, tram and “People Mover” – an elevated shuttle.) Venice is compact and walkable for the most part, so you may not have to use this card for the entire stay.
A gondola ride is very expensive, however, if you can work it into your budget for Venice then go for it! but if not, there’s another alternative for getting your gondola fix.
Take a ride on a traghetto. What is a traghetto you ask? It is a ferry but it is a gondola! A rather larger one than the traditional gondolas. Traghetti are passenger boats without decorations and beautiful trimmings. You are rowed by two oarsmen: one who stands behind the passengers like a traditional gondolier, the other closer to the bow. It’s not romantic, there isn’t any singing, but at least you only had to pay 2 euros for a ride on a gondola instead of 80 euros and heck – who cares, you’re in gorgeous Venice!