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Booked without realizing Rainy Season in Venice, ooops! Any tips?!

Booked without realizing Rainy Season in Venice, ooops! Any tips?!

Jan 24th, 2011, 08:40 PM
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We've also been to Venice twice when it rained for several days. But neither time did we have downpours. It was mostly drizzle and had no effect, whatsoever, on our daily plans.

We are headed back, arriving just after you leave. Rain and Venice- no problemo.

Buon viaggio!
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Jan 25th, 2011, 05:40 AM
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So what I am gathering from your suggestions is that we have two clear alternatives: via boat or via land taxi because the bus alternative doesn't appeal very luggage friendly.

The boat taxi will leave us at a close proximity to the hotel. The land taxi sounds like a better idea since we have a better chance of arriving directly to the hotel. I will inquire land taxi tarifs and confirm drop off location. I will post my findings for others that may be interested. Thanks again for the helpful links and all the information!
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Jan 25th, 2011, 05:58 AM
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I'm sorry . . . I guess I didn't do a good job of explaining.

Private Water Taxi: Most expensive, but it will take you right to your hotel without stopping elsewhere. However, you will have to walk 5-7 minutes from the terminal to the boat dock at the airport.

Alilaguna: Express boat makes a few stops before reaching a vaporetto-type stop close to your hotel. However, you will have to walk 5-7 minutes from the terminal to the boat dock at the airport.

Land Taxi + Vaporetto: Private taxi to Piazzale Roma, then vaporetto to vaporetto stop close to your hotel. No long walk from terminal.

Land Bus Blue + Vaporetto: Comfy bus with good luggage storage direct to Piazzale Roma, then vaporetto to vaporetto stop close to your hotel. No long walk from terminal.

Land Bus Orange + Vaporetto: Public transport bus with no luggage storage and multiple stops to Piazzale Roma, then vaporetto to vaporetto stop close to your hotel. No long walk from terminal.
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Jan 25th, 2011, 05:59 AM
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Forgot to say, I have been to Venice at least 10 times (I've lost count) and based on you hotel location and circumstances, I would take the Alilaguna.
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Jan 25th, 2011, 06:04 AM
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(Gosh . . . hit submit instead of return . . .)

The reason I would take the Alilaguna is because all of less expensive options would take about the same amount of time to reach the Danieli, and the Alilaguna option would require the fewest connections.
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Jan 25th, 2011, 06:14 AM
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The private water taxis will deliver you directly to the hotel, but are pricey and depart from the airport docks. The docks are an easy 5 or so minute walk from the terminal.

The Danieli is on Riva Dei Schiavoni facing the lagoon. Land transport of any type has to stop at Piazzale Roma at the opposite end of the Grand Canal.

As mentioned, taking land transport from the airport will involve switching to water at Piazzale Roma.

the blue ATVO fly bus from the airport costs 3 euro and is set up like a tour or a long haul bus. It has a large compartment under the bus to store your luggage. So a bit easier for large luggage.

At P le Roma, you can get on a vaporetto that would take you to the San Zaccaria stop which is almost directly in front of the hotel, cost6.50 eruo per person. Or you could also pick up a water taxi for about 50 - 60 euro.

Alilaguna is a shuttle boat from the airport similar to an airport shuttle bus. The ALilauguna stop at San Zaccaria is also very close to the hotel, but departs from the airport docks.

ATVO bus = http://www.atvo.it/index.php?lang=en&area=23&menuid=35

vaporetto and orange ACTV bus = www.actv.it

Alilaguna = http://www.alilaguna.it/index.en.html
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Jan 25th, 2011, 06:30 AM
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ALilaguna would probably be your best option. 13 euro per person. The walk from the terminal to the docks is paved and fairly level. There will be crew members to help getting you and luggage on and off the boat. the passenger compartment is down some steps and is set up like a bus. Seats on each side of a center aisle.

You'll get a mini tour of the lagoon as the boats stop on Murano and the Lido before reaching the San Zaccaria stop. It is a larger boat and should be a bit more stable than the smaller water taxis. No transfers once you get on.

You will want the Linea Blu or the Linea Rosso boat, both stop at San Zaccaria. You can purchase tickets in the airport terminal after departing the arrivals area. the booth is on the left after exiting arrivals.
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Jan 25th, 2011, 09:43 AM
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So what I am gathering from your suggestions is that we have two clear alternatives: via boat or via land taxi because the bus alternative doesn't appeal very luggage friendly>>

my italian teacher used to have a job working for an agency renting apartments in venice. she could never get over the number of people who asked how they could drive their hire cars to their apartments.

in fact, the blue ATVO bus is luggage friendly - there's a large luggage compartment under the bus. you then have to walk about 50 yards to the nearest vaporetto stop [lines no 1 or no 2] which is at the bottom of a set of steps [with a ramp if I remember rightly]. this will deliver you to the san zaccaria stop and then it's short walk to your hotel. if you don't want to bother with this, the alilaguna as explained by notbob would be the best way to go.
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Jan 26th, 2011, 01:26 PM
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Two pieces of advice, but no big deal:
If you elect to use the Alilaguna ferry service from Marco Polo to Venice, then it is OK to use an airport baggage trolley to carry your suit cases from the terminal to the ferry dock. You need a one euro coin to obtain a trolley. The walk takes seven minutes (I clocked it last Friday).

When you book your airline tickets, get seats on the right side of the aircraft (seats J, K, not A, B). You will get a view of Venice as you come in to land. The aircraft always (I think) land in a south west to north east direction. Same when departing if you are flying out, and you will get a view of the northern lagoon.
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Jan 26th, 2011, 01:40 PM
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Is this your first trip to Venice and what time are you arriving?

I "introduced" Venice to a friend on her first trip and my third via the Alilaguna and we were both underwhelmned by the approach. Windows inside and out may be a tad dirty with a little condensation from the passengers' bodies, and you have a real ho-hum trip. Whereas stepping off the train or walking from the bus station offers a jaw-dropping view, no matter how many times you've been.
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