Vaporetto #1 in Venice, Italy

Venice, The Grand Canal, Vaporetto #1 in Venice Italy, Gondolas, Water Bus

I am sharing photos of Venice for Instagram Travel Thursday this week! All of these images were taken from the front seat of Vaporetto #1, which is a water bus that runs along The Grand Canal.

Venice, The Grand Canal, Vaporetto #1 in Venice Italy, Gondolas, Water Bus

I’m not sure any place gets the kind of reaction that Venice does on Instagram. Instantly recognizable, the floating city of color just begs to be photographed!

Venice, The Grand Canal, Vaporetto #1 in Venice Italy, Gondolas, Water Bus

I’ve been to Venice twice, and both times I had to fight the urge to take a picture of every single bridge, gondola or doorway. The doorways and windows alone are like something carved out of a fairytale.

Venice, The Grand Canal, Vaporetto #1 in Venice Italy, Gondolas, Water Bus

My first time to Venice was almost ten years ago. Taido and I arrived by train, and per the advice of our guide book we made sure to get a front seat on Vaporetto #1 from the train station. These “water buses” are much less expensive than a water taxi (or a gondola, of course) but if you ride in the front, you have the same views of the canals as you would in one of the other boats. The Vaporetto #1 goes all the way from the train station to St. Mark’s Square, and the #2 goes back the opposite direction. The #1 and #2 make all the stops, so you can enjoy the longest possible ride on The Grand Canal if you take one of these numbers.

Venice, The Grand Canal, Vaporetto #1 in Venice Italy, Gondolas, Water Bus

Last year, I could not wait for Mary Polly to see Venice when we went on our Mother-Daughter trip to Europe. On our second morning, we got on the Vaporetto #1 as early as possible. It was almost empty, so we sat right in front and rode all the way to St. Mark’s Square, and though I had ridden in this same spot once before, I was again overwhelmed by what has to be one of the most magnificent experiences you can have in Europe.

Riding down The Grand Canal of Venice is one of those life dreams you can look forward to for many years and then in reality, it does not disappoint.

Venice, The Grand Canal, Vaporetto #1 in Venice Italy, Gondolas, Water Bus

The colors of the buildings in Venice are crazy wonderful, and many of the boats are brightly painted too.

Venice, The Grand Canal, Vaporetto #1 in Venice Italy, Gondolas, Water Bus

I am absolutely that silly girl who cannot stop smiling on a trip, and if I go to Venice twenty more times, I would not get tired of riding the water buses through the canals.

Venice, The Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge, Vaporetto #1 in Venice Italy, Gondolas, Water Bus

This photo of the Rialto Bridge was one of my most loved Instagrams of all time! (Fun Fact: it won me a new camera in the Capture the Color contest!)

Venice, The Grand Canal, Vaporetto #1 in Venice Italy, Gondolas, Water Bus

Vaporetto #1 drops you off right by all the gondolas at the edge of St Mark’s Square. As soon as you step off the boat, you are right in the middle of everything! Pigeons, street vendors, gondoliers and tourists are flooding the square with the noises of Venice.

Venice, The Grand Canal, Vaporetto #1 in Venice Italy, Gondolas, Water Bus

If you go, be sure and sit for a while in the square for the some of the best people-watching in Europe, but when you get weary of all that activity, you only have to wander for a minute before you are lost in the smaller streets and squares of the city.

When you find a little bridge or a brightly colored building with arched windows, be sure and send me a photo!

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  1. I love these photos, and I agree – I would never get tired of the canals.

    1. So true! So true! Canals forever please!

  2. I so agree, in Venice there’s something to photograph behind every corner!! I’ve only done daytrips there from Slovenia, but would love to stay bit longer once… Lovely photos!!

    1. Ooh, Slovenia is on my list for sure! Never been.

  3. Such beauty. Would love to go back to Venice.

    1. Ahh yes, it’s wonderful to go and wonderful to return again!

  4. Oh the linea 1… these made me homesick. Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. You’re so welcome. I love seeing pictures from my home even though they make me homesick. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I love these photos too and that is a great tip as gondolas are quite pricy – wish I had known that when we went to Venice! It feels to me also that almost every building would make a great photos as the whole city is just so picture-perfect!

    1. So true. I don’t think you can take a bad picture in Venice. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Venice is absolutely fantastic. It is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to, although I got tired of the amount of people there.. Decided to escape to Lido Island very close to Venice. Very quiet. : )

    1. I haven’t been to the surrounding islands. I really want to go and see where they make the glass!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Oh I completely agree Alison! Love Venice, vaporetto 1/2, and your photos ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you Susan! I enjoyed watching your trip to Venice this autumn!

  8. I fell in love with Venice this past summer. Really? A city? Yes.

    1. I know right? It feels like a fairy tale!

  9. One day….

    1. You + Me Babe! 201?!!

  10. I’ve only been to Venice once, but it was just around this time exactly ten years ago… these pics bring back some great memories. Beautiful shots!

    1. Thanks so much! I love seeing photos of Venice too! Whenever someone in my Instagram feed is there, I sigh with longing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. What an awesome place. Now I’m dreaming of a gondola ride :)!!

    1. Ssh don’t tell, but I’ve been to Venice twice and haven’t been on one. Soooo expensive. I’m just so afraid I could not enjoy it because it costs so much. I’m totally weird like that.

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  13. Aaah, the Vaperetto, the secret weapon of the budget-friendly and the slightly tourist-annoyed traveller. I once rode them for 3 hours straight just to observe life and while I did almost get sea sick, the pictures and the memories lasted a lifetime. Thanks for bringing me back!

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