Line 1

To finish off our three day trip to Venice we’re cruising up the Grand Canal on vaporetto line 1.

Venice can be very expensive to visit, and if you want to get on the water, most options aimed at tourists are eye watering (prices for hiring a gondola are pretty steep)

But if you want to see the most iconic sights of Venice then hop on Line 1 of the vaporetto.

The vaporetto is the Venetian public waterbus that is well used by locals and tourists alike meaning that they are VERY full.

There are 19 scheduled lines serving locales in Venice as well as travelling between Venice and nearby islands, such as Murano, Burano, and Lido.

Vaporetto No. 1 is the main tourist route in Venice as it passes along the Grand Canal. Boats start from Piazzale Roma and ends at the Lido.

There are around 200 buildings lining the two sides of the canal and many of them are elaborate palaces or palazzo in Italian.

Most were built between the 13th and 18th centuries by wealthy families wanting to flaunt their money and status on the high street of Venice.

We head to St Mark’s basin where some of the most iconic sights can be found including the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore.

Below is the looming tower of St Mark’s Campanile an imposing 16th-century square cathedral tower topped with a golden angel.

In front of the tower you can see the columns of San Marco and San Todaro. These marble and granite pillars are topped with statues of the city’s two patrons: the winged lion, symbol of St. Mark the Evangelist and St. Tòdaro, the Byzantine St. Theodore of Amasea, the city’s first protector.

Line 1 terminates at the Lido, effectively the seaside for locals. The Lido, or Venice Lido is a seven mile barrier island in the Venetian Lagoon.

Much of the seaward coast has sandy beaches lined with hotels and private beaches. We sneak onto the sands for a grey Venetian seaside experience!

After a swift paddle it’s back on the vaporetto and a sunset cruise back up the Grand Canal again.

The sun sets over the Doges Palace and St Marks basilica. The golden dusk adds yet another layer of faded glory to this most spectacular of cities.

But alas, nothing good can stay (as the song goes) and we’re heading on from Venice in the morning. But we about to embark on a tour of the Italian lakes so plenty more to come!

Published by collymarples

World traveller, proud auntie, bit of a liability.

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