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“Fantastic, brilliant and stress-free alternative to the crowded Vaporettos”

Vaporetto dell'Arte Canal Grande
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 17 July 2013

I think some of the reviews here are incorrect, the price of the vaporetto dell'arte is not double the normal vaporetto price, they are a 10 Euro optional extra to whatever length of ticket you have - 3 day 7 day etc and are worth every penny.

During the heat of July I used the standard Vaporettos along the Grand Canal and in the daytime the day were old boats full of heaving, hot, stressed-out sweaty, smelly bodies. I would compare them to using a diesel fume filled public bus in Calcutta, some seemed dangerously overcrowded. In some places there is nothing to hang onto so you end up falling into someone if the boat hits the docking pontoon too fast.

The Vaporetto Dell'Arte boats in comparison were new, only ever about 10% full, have comfortable seats, seat back displays showing you buildings along the route, free earphones for the running recorded commentary and paper guides. One of them I went on even had air-conditioning. They always had dedicated helpful staff on board who asked if you needed headphones or a guide.

You can hop on and hop off the Vaporetto Dell'Arte as a normal Vaporetto, in fact I did this a number of times, timing my arrival at a Vaporetto stop so I could catch the Vaporetto Dell'Arte rather than the normal Vaporetto. When you get on the Vaporetto Dell'Arte they make you scan your ticket at a scanning point on the boat to make sure you have the E10 extension on the ticket, if you do not have this extension you will be asked to get off the boat.

One thing to bear in mind is that the Vaporetto Dell'Arte has more limited hours of operation (from 10am to 7pm) and has more limited stops than the normal Vaporetto, mainly along the Grand Canal starting at the railway station going all the way up to the San Marco Canal including St Mark’s Square, the island of San Giorgio and as far east as Giardini in the summer. Try to coincide your need to use river transport with the arrival of the Vaporetto Dell'Arte boats, in the summer the normal Vaporetto boats can be hellish and so full that you cannot get through the throng on board to get to the exit in time, thus missing your stop.

With the normal Vaporettos, the way of stopping is for them to reverse the engine and to throw a looped rope onto to a stanchion at the jetty as the boat comes in, and the one rope help stops a boat that must weigh a hundred tons. Once the rope snapped directly in front of the squashed horde on board and I’m surprised the recoil didn’t have someone’s eye out. The Vaporetto Dell'Arte isn’t crowded and are operated more gently so this danger is not likely to happen on them.

During the heat of summer you will be very glad indeed to have paid for the Vaporetto dell'Arte, the regular Vaporettos can be pretty brutal, this is luxury in comparison and for only a few Euros more.

15  Thank Martin W
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Reviewed 21 June 2013

The Vaporetto dell'Arte is a sad commercial idea: a vaporetto transfer at more than double price. It refers to "art" when it is only an expensive journey on the Grand Canal, that does not add to a normal "Vaporetto ride".

The only good side of it is that it is always empty.... so that you can ignore the sad " journey kit " and concentrate on what you see outside and enjoy...

2  Thank angela b
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Reviewed 17 June 2013

We bought tickets online for the Vaporatti with an extra charge for the Vaporatto dell'Arte. The first problem was locating the ticket booth where we exchanged our voucher for tickets. After two sets of confusing directions I found the right place. The second problem was getting on to the Vaporatto dell'Arte itself. it leaves from the same stops as other Vaporatti and when it pulled up there was a large line. We waited for everyone in front of us to get on but they didn't. Then the boat left. We hadn't realized that they were waiting for a different Vaporatto and that the attendant had called for the Vaporatto dell'Arte at the exit ramp. We had to wait for the next boat (40 minutes). When we got on we did not see the place to pick up the ear buds that you need to hear the description of the sites so we missed the first 5 minutes while the attendant showed us the ear buds and we got set up.
Once these start-up problems were solved we enjoyed the comfortable trip and the very interesting description of the sights. On the whole the trip was well worth it but it would have been better if more information on the practicalities was given.

4  Thank jlightning
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Reviewed 12 June 2013

This is such a lot more comfortable than the regular water buses, with good seats (most others were standing room only whilst we were there), and for €10 extra, money well spent. Boat every half an hour, with good commentary, and friendly, efficient staff - not what some other correspondents have said at all. Only difficulty was in buying the tickets at the self service machine by S. Lucia station, but worked it out in the end!

1  Thank Peter M
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Reviewed 11 June 2013

Vaporetto dell'Arte costs 10 euros more per person. Supposedly they have an audio guide (that doesn't work properly - muted most of the time) and Wi-Fi (that doesn’t work at all). There is no one to assist you on board with the issues and when we asked the driver and person in charge of letting people in and out of the Vaporetto, they both said they didn't know anything about it and that that wasn't their job. When I complained at the Vaporetto ticket office at the Train Station they weren't helpful either and they said that I had to go to the parking lot for my official complaint. In other words, waste of money, time and tranquility. At the end, you see the same from a regular Vaporetto.

2  Thank Natalia_Tapias
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