News from Us

Check stored fares on ACTV tickets with your Android phone

Imobber appIn a new article at Venice for Visitors, we describe Andrea Fontana's Imobber - Venice Ticket Reader app for use with ACTV water and land bus tickets in the Venice region.

The app makes it possible to check how many rides you have left, how many new rides you can store on your ACTV ticket, when you validated the ticket for your current ride, etc. just by scanning the ticket with any Android NFC-equipped smartphone.

You don't absolutely need the app if you travel mostly by water bus, because you can always check your ticket at an ACTV stop instead. Still, being able to check your ticket anywhere is convenient, the app's English-language interface is nicer than the little readout on the ACTV's ticket scanners, and the app is free.

For land buses, the app is incredibly convenient, because you can't check your ticket without boarding a bus. Having Imobber on your smartphone will save you from having to remember what kind of fare is on each ticket and how many rides you have left. This is something to keep in mind if you'll be taking land buses from Mestre to Venice's Piazzale Roma or on the Lido di Venezia.

For more information, read our Imobber article at Venice for Visitors or visit the Imobber - Venice Ticket Reader page at the Google Play store.

Screen capture: Andrea Fontana.

New Venice Travel FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Picnic in Venice

ABOVE: "Where can I picnic in Venice?" is one of the questions that we answer in our new FAQ at

We've just published a Venice Travel FAQ at our main site, Venice for Visitors (a.k.a. The 10 pages of Q&A cover the following topics:

  • General questions about Venice
  • Planning a trip
  • Hotels and vacation apartments
  • Arriving and getting around
  • Money and credit cards
  • Food and drink
  • Sightseeing and tours
  • Shopping
  • Personal safety and emergencies
  • Cruises

Many of the answers link to more detailed information on our site, or (where appropriate) to other resources such as the Port of Venice's ship calendar and a list of lost-and-found offices.

We think this new FAQ will be a great tool for travelers who want a quick-and-easy introduction to Venice, or who dislike drilling down through menus or using site search.

To see the questions and answers, please click the link below:

Venice Travel FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) at

New pages: Directions to Venice Hotels

Directions-screen-captureOn our travel-planning site, Venice for Visitors, we've just launched a preview version of a new section: Venice Hotel Directions.

The pages have step-by-step walking directions to individual hotels from nearby transportation points, such as Alilaguna airport-boat stops, the Santa Lucia Railroad Station, or airport buses and taxis at the Piazzale Roma.

Each page has a customized Google satellite map of the area around the hotel, with icons for the featured hotel and others in the neighborhood that can serve as landmarks.

We've also included links to Venere hotel pages (featuring TripAdvisor reviews), hotel pages, and the hotels' own Web sites for the convenience of readers who haven't yet reserved rooms and want to compare rates, reviews, and availability. 

As of February 10, 2013, we have about three dozen Venice Hotel Directions pages online. That number should grow to at least 100 by the end of the month.

We hope you'll find our new Venice Hotel Directions pages useful, either for printing out and taking with you or for viewing on your smartphone or tablet after you arrive in Venice.

Again, you'll find the preview version of our new section at:

Directions to Venice Hotels (