Venice's 'hop on, hop off' sightseeing boat
In June, 2012, the city of Venice and its marketing partners introduced a new "hop on, hop off" waterbus line called the . The idea behind the boat was to reduce crowding on Venice's public ACTV vaporetto network while promoting museums and other cultural attractions along the route.
The VA line has nine or 10 stops, depending on the time of year. It starts at Ferrovia (a.k.a. Venice's Santa Lucia Railroad Station) and works its way up the Grand Canal, stopping at or near the Accademia Galleries, the Salute Church, the Piazza San Marco, the island church of San Giorgio Maggiore, and the Naval Museum at Arsenale. When the Biennale art or architectural exposition is open, the line has an additional stop at Giardini.
With your Vaporetto dell'Arte ticket, you can get on or off the avocado-green VA boats as often as you like during your ticket's period of validity. Benefits of using the boat include:
Now for the bad news:
Still, the Vaporetto dell'Arte may be worth considering if you're already buying a time-delineated Tourist Travel Card for the ACTV public waterbus network. Here's why:
If you're buying a Tourist Travel Card anyway, the extra €10 for the Vaporetto dell'Arte may be worthwhile--especially if you're purchasing a Tourist Travel Card for several days or a week. Otherwise, the Vaporetto dell'Arte card isn't likely to be a good value.
For more information, or to buy tickets, go to any ACTV/Hellovenezia ticket booth or visit www.vaporettoarte.com.