Moving in Venice
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Mobility in Venice, a fish-shaped city surrounded and crossed by water, is characterized by two viability systems: waterways, canals and streams, and pedestrian walkways consisting of, in Venetian language, calle, campo, fondamenta, salizzada; the island-made city is connected by a substantial number of bridges.
In this unique setting, where history blends with art, Actv public transport ensures mobility throughout almost the entire area, through a network of water connections developing around four routes:
1) City Centre Routes, crossing the city mainly along the waterways of the Grand Canal or the Giudecca Canal, from Tronchetto to the Venice Lido (routes 1 and 2);
2) GiraCittà Routes, connecting Venice to Murano and the Venice Lido along the external lagoon perimeter (routes 3, 41.1, 41.2, 51.1, 51.2, 6);
3) Lagoon Routes, connecting the outer islands of the archipelago, like Murano, Burano, Torcello, Sant’Erasmo, S. Servolo to the mainland, arriving at Marco Polo airport at Tessera, Treporti, Punta Sabbioni, Chioggia, Fusina, S. Giuliano (routes 12, 13, 14, 19);
4) Seasonal Routes, running in the tourist seasons or during important events the routes are named after.
Mobility in Venice is ensured 24 hours a day. The N night service network runs from approximately midnight until five in the morning, see the detailed timetable.
285,000 inhabitants of the entire municipality, a little less than 56,000 in the city centre (Venice island alone) and over 20 million visitors/tourists a year (second ranking in Italy after Rome and among the first cities in the world).
A public transport company (Actv) carrying 95 million passengers on the Waterborne service alone with over 120 floating stations (pontoons) and 30 routes which ensure constant connection and make it fully reachable.
2 main waterways, the Grand Canal (crossed by 4 bridges) and the Giudecca Canal; one lagoon, geographically divided between North and South, dotted by 40 islands (some of which very famous like Torcello, Burano, Murano, S. Servolo, Poveglia, Lido).
More than 100 churches and almost as many bell towers (it is the most turreted city of Italy), the tallest is Saint Mark’s bell tower, 98 metres high, with S. Fosca’s, 14 metres high along Strada Nuova, being the shortest.
Hundreds of palaces (the Doges’, Ca’ d’Oro, Ca’ Foscari, Ca’ Dario are the most famous), some museums (Gallerie dell’Accademia, Ca’ Pesaro, Guggenheim, Palazzo Grassi, just to name a few), thousands of works, with all the masters of art, Leonardo, Bellini, Lotto, Giorgione, Titian, Bosh, Klimt, Picasso, Magritte being shown.
In 1678 the first graduated woman in the world was Venetian, called Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia; again in Venice, the first copy of the Koran in Arab language was printed (1537) and in Venice, at the Lido Velodrome to be precise, on 14 July 1894, the first motorbike race was run and in 1849 the first air bombs to be released were carried by pilot-less aerostats, the predecessors of modern drones, by Austrians during the siege of Venice.
The first basketball game ever to be played in Italy was played in Venice in 1907.
Moving in Venice means looking for a feeling, a place, a work of art, an ancient trade, even just to satisfy one’s curiosity.
You can take a walk or take the waterways, choosing one of the 159 boats (waterbuses, motorboats, breakwater boats, motor vessels or ferry boats) available to the fleet of Actv, a company that was established more than one hundred years ago, in 1881.