Walking. This is probably one of the most underrated ways of getting around Venice. It happened one day that the vaporetto workers went on strike for about two hours. We had made it to the Academia in the morning and were planning on heading up to Rialto Bridge. So instead, we went walking and wandering all over Venice. The different neighborhoods and churches are really neat. You can run into some very neat little piazzalles like this. Although the addresses and such in Venice are confusing at first, if you just start wandering around, you will find that it is difficult to get lost...after all you are on an island!!!
My advice, wear some comfortable shoes and TRY to get lost in Venice!!
The best way to see Venice is to walk, also because there aren't many types of transportation, just boats. Vaporetto's are slow and expensive and it's much better to walk around this small and beautiful city.
To be honest the best way to get around Venice is by foot, you will probably get lost in the maze of narrow little streets but you can't get too lost as the city is so small. Probably the most enjoyable way though (and the only way to visit some of the islands in the lagoon) is to use the water-bus (vaporetto) network.
Most of the stops are along the Grand Canal, and it is worth taking a vaporetto for the length of the canal just for the views. Stops are labelled in black text on yellow, see the picture of the stop at the railway station (Ferrovia). You can buy tickets at most of them but it is better value to buy a multiple day ticket for the length of time you intend to be here. Tickets should be validated before or on boarding the boat, multi-day tickets need to be validated on first use.
I used to walk all over Venice (well almost!!!) where there is no water!!! And enjoyed it very much!!! The best way to see Venice!!! Take a map in hand and good walking shoes!!! Not advisable when the tide is high and water is on the streets!!! HAHAHA!!!
Walking: The best -- in fact, the only -- way of exploring Venice's nooks and crannies is on foot. Bring comfortable shoes, and if you do visit in the summer, don't be surprised to encounter one-way foot traffic on some of the busier streets. Walking is also a challenge during Venice's periodic floods (acqua alta); your hotel should be able to provide waterproof rubber boots, and the city installs raised boardwalks over many flooded streets in an attempt to keep pedestrians' feet dry. San Marco, being the lowest part of the city, is also the wettest; Dorsoduro is (relatively) higher and drier.
I walked everywhere in Venice...I found that's the best way to really get to know a city. I took the vaporetto (water bus) once when I was hauling my backpack to my hostel. The water buses are easy to use...ticket stands are in front of all the stops.
Venice is a bit maze-like. But if you know the location of a few of the major attractions (Piazza di San Marco, Ponte Rialto, Accademia, and Rail Station) you will almost always see a sign pointing the way to one of those places, and then can determine where you are.
having 117 small islands separated by numerous canals and linked hundreds of bridges, walking is the way to go in Venice as the City is a veritable mish mash of sights, sounds, architecture and culture. Off course you must be physically fit to be able to walk to the various Venetian Attractions as the pathways are a mish mash of cobbled streets with irregular shapes and sizes and literally hordes of people walking in different directions creating a human traffic jam in famous attractions such as Piazza San Marco, Rialto, Campanile etc. you can either use various city maps to walk around venice or via the many signs prominently posted along the streets pointing you to the different attractions or via downloaded maps from various websites to your tablet or smarphone which you use while walking around the beautiful city.
If you are fit and able, and don't tire too easily, then just walk! It's a small island, so iot's entirely feasible to get from one tourist spot to the next. And it's in this way that you will discover the hidden canals and piazzas! When I was there I didn't use public transport once, as our hotel was close to the train station.
Venice is so gorgeous, I definitely recommend leisurely strolls. It's also more romantic (I went to Venice with a friend though so there was no romance there.)
Best way by far to see Venice is to find yourself a map and walk - St Mark's to the Rialto Bridge is at most a 30 minute walk and you get to know the place so much better on foot - immerse yourself in the city and have fun getting lost - it isn't a huge place so you'll always be able to find your wa back, plus if you do get too lost you can always ask one of the lovely locals!
Other than the regular vaporetto, walking is the best way to see Venice.. Get lost in their small streets but do not worry - look above and find San Marco, their landmark, and you will find your way back....
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As everyone who has been to Venice rightly says, the best way to explore Venice is on foot. And man... you are going to do some walking!!!!
But it's worthy! You will see so many canals and buildings and marvellous windows to last you a lifetime.
Start anywhere and let yourself get lost in the small 'calles', turn left when you're sure it should be right - that's more fun. And don't worry you won't get lost.
Venice is best explored on foot. If you didn't get lost in one of its little alleys, than you didn't visit Venice! :-) Distances are rather small. And what's even more, if you visit the less touristic areas (like Castello) you actually have the feeling of having Venice all for yourself!
And if you get lost, don't worry, there are enough signs for San Marco or Rialto to get you back on track.