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Introducing Venice

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Alilaguna airport boat at Fondamenta Nove

ABOVE: An Alilaguna airport boat arrives at the Fondamenta Nove, on the northern edge of Venice's historic center.


In our "Arriving in Venice" article, we tell you how to reach the city center from the Venice Marco Polo and Treviso airports, from the Mestre and Santa Lucia railroad stations, from the cruise and ferry terminals, or by car.

If you're driving, you'll also want to see "Parking in Venice," which has advice (with Web links) about where to park in Venice or on the mainland.

Also see our Venice for Cruisers section if you're arriving or departing on a cruise ship.

Getting around the city

Our Transportation Index lists articles about water buses (vaporetti), water taxis, pedestrian and car ferries, tourist travel cards, and related topics.

Most of the time, you won't need to use water buses or other boats unless you have limited mobility or you're traveling to an island such as Murano, Burano, or Torcello. Simply put on your shoes and read "Walking in Venice," which has advice on maps, directional signs, street signs, and addresses.

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Introducing Venice: Basic geography
Picking the right hotel location
Arriving and getting around

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Planning your trip to Venice

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