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Grand Canal

from: Fisheye Venice


Looking in the other direction from the Ponte dei Scalzi, we can see two types of Actv water bus: a flat-decked vaporetto with a large open boarding area (left) and a more enclosed and seaworthy motoscafo (right).

Vaporetti are used mainly on relatively sheltered, high-traffic routes in the Grand Canal, St. Mark's Basin, and the Giudecca Canal, while motoscafi are faster and better able to resist waves in more exposed areas of the Venetian Lagoon.

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