Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > Europe
Reload this Page >

Is it as fun/nuce taking the vaporettos in winter?

Is it as fun/nuce taking the vaporettos in winter?

Dec 26th, 2007, 04:28 PM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 4,229
Is it as fun/nuce taking the vaporettos in winter?

We're leaving in a few days, and I have been thinking about the vaporetto pass. We are walkers, but know we'll be riding the vaporetto some. The big question I have though is in regard to the time of year. Usually boats and cold weather don't do a thing for me. Will this be any different? I guess what I am asking is if riding the vaporettos would be something we would be doing for enjoyment and to see things or if it will be more a matter of using them for tranportation necessities only. Thanks.
julies is offline  
Dec 26th, 2007, 04:29 PM
  #2  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 4,229
Obviously, I meant fun/nice.
julies is offline  
Dec 26th, 2007, 04:37 PM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 10,172
I repost my answer to your same question on another thread so this will be topped and garner more repsonses . . .

I suppose it depends on your interests.

The vaporetto gives the best view of the palazzos, whose best side is turned toward the Grand Canal. Riding a vaporetto you get a good view of the many kinds of boats going about daily life--police boats, fire boats, grocery boats, moving boats, traghetti, private boats . . . .

On my visit during Thanksgiving, I was excited to sit outside on a vaporetto and watch canal life going on around me--even in the cold and rain. One of my friends also enjoy this. The other two friends preferred to sit and stay warm and dry inside, no matter the view.
ellenem is offline  
Dec 26th, 2007, 06:37 PM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 12,188
I've only done it in the winter, but I thought it was very enjoyable. As mentioned, you get a view you cannot otherwise get.
WillTravel is offline  
Dec 26th, 2007, 07:46 PM
  #5  
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 500
It's great even in the winter. There are often lovely sunny days in winter, but even in the mist its great. If it's really pouring you can sit inside and try to catch a glimps of the passing sights through the misted up windows.

Have fun
Mischka is offline  
Dec 26th, 2007, 10:05 PM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 45,322
Hello julies, I have often been on the vaporettos when it is cold and rainy (and sometimes that has been in nonwinter months). I happen to like the rain. Somehow rain in a way makes everything even more beautiful. I also love boats. So perhaps my feelings won't mesh with yours since you say you do not like boats and cold weather. But personally I have always enjoyed those type of days on the vaporettos, much more then when it is hot and humid.
LoveItaly is offline  
Dec 27th, 2007, 04:36 AM
  #7  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 4,229
I guess I should clarify that typically we are the ones who are always outside on boats so we can get a better view. This obviously isn't as enjoyable when the weather is cold and one factors in the chill from the winds as the boat moves. And, so often, if one is stuck in the inside there is no view because there are too many people crowded in or the windows are steamed up. I guess we'll just wait until we arrive & take our first vaporetto ride in winter weather to see if we think we'll use the boats enough to warrant purchasing a pass.
julies is offline  
Dec 27th, 2007, 04:58 AM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 2,456
I'm also the one who stayed most of the time on the deck for the view so i can tell you, my last about 10 visits to Venice was mostly in winter, Nov, Dec, Feb and I did take lots of vaporetto for short and long rides and stayed on the deck. Of course it will depend on the weather but many times I had nice to gorgegeous weather even in winter. The following album is from my Christmas visit last year. During the whole stay of 22 - 26 Dec, the weather remained like this. You can see I took many photos from vaporetto. I absolutely had no problem with cold at all. For example I stayed the whole 30 miniute boat ride to Burano, on the back deck, with sun on my head. Also it's up to how you are used to cold.

http://s139.photobucket.com/albums/q...006/?start=all
kappa is offline  
Dec 27th, 2007, 05:22 AM
  #9  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 4,229
Kappa--

Great photos--especially the one from after dark and sunset.

The back deck should be warmer since it is out of the wind. Thanks for the idea. We are from a very cold & snowy climate, so Venice will be much nicer than where we live (I'm looking out my window at a foot of snow with more to come tomorrow).
julies is offline  
Dec 27th, 2007, 05:53 AM
  #10  
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 10,172
The vaporetti on the Grand Canal can't move very quickly, so unless there is a strong wind that particular day, the wind from boat movement is negligible. The vaporetti that circle the main island or go to Murano and beyond can be chillier since they move faster and get out into open water.
ellenem is offline  
Dec 27th, 2007, 06:42 AM
  #11  
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 2,456
> We are from a very cold & snowy climate, so Venice will be much nicer than where we live ...

Absolutely ! I mean I don't know about nicer than your place ;-) but Venice is surely warmer. It rarely snows there nowadays. If it does it's a bonus. Now that I know now your are used to cold, you will not have much problem. Grand Canal is nice of course but also try vaporetto No.82 on Giudecca Canal that's larger water than Grand Canal. Most of my canal photos on the album above were taken on Giudecca.
kappa is offline  
Dec 27th, 2007, 10:27 AM
  #12  
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 320
I love all aspects of Venice in the winter. Lack of sweltering heat, lack of crowds, means a pleasant ride on the vaporetto, and pleasant walks throughout the city!

I'll take rain and acqua alta over sweaty crowds any day!
Ralphie is offline  
Dec 27th, 2007, 10:39 AM
  #13  
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 12,188
I certainly did appreciate having waterproof ankle-high boots in December, though.
WillTravel is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
HG001London
Europe
5
Feb 27th, 2013 07:54 AM
cosmos
Europe
7
Jan 15th, 2006 10:44 PM
LakesideChick
Europe
6
Oct 11th, 2005 06:23 PM
BrimhamRocks
Europe
10
Aug 6th, 2003 03:21 PM
Mark Vaughan
Europe
4
Oct 7th, 2002 04:52 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 07:54 PM.