Transportation

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.


ACTV Linea 12 lagoon water bus

ACTV Linea 12 motonave

ABOVE: Two No. 12 water buses pass each other in the Venetian Lagoon.

When you're ready for a break from the crowds and urban atmosphere of Venice's historic center, take the ACTV's No. 12 motonave (water bus) from Fondamente Nove to Murano, Burano, and Torcello.

The No. 12 line (formerly "LN," for "Laguna Norte" or "Northern Lagoon") uses widebody boats that can accommodate several hundred passengers.

Boats normally run at least twice per hour during the daytime, with stops at the glassmaking island of Murano, the lacemaking island of Burano with its brightly-painted houses, the bucolic island of Mazzorbo (connected to Burano by a footbridge), the historic island of Torcello with its ancient basilica (check the timetable for boats that stop at Torcello), and--of less interest to tourists--the park-and-ride lots at Treporti and Punta Sabbioni.

If you aren't in a hurry, you can take a self-guided tour of the Lagoon islands and return to Venice's main waterfront above the Piazza San Marco on another ACTV waterbus line. For details, see our Venice Islands Tour article at Veniceforvisitors.com.

To whet your appetite for a tour of the Lagoon, here are more photos of Linea 12:

1. A No. 12 motonave with the Italian Alps in the distance:

ACTV No. 12 water bus and Italian Alps

2. The interior passenger compartment on a Linea 12 water bus:

ACTV No. 12 water bus passenger compartment

3. Arriving at Faro, on the island of Murano:

Faro ACTV stop on Murano

4. The ACTV boat pier on Burano:

ACTV pier on Burano

5. A sailor or marinaio prepares for the boat's arrival at a waterbus stop:

Sailor on ACTV water bus

6. The lavatory on a Linea 12 boat, starting with a view from the window:

ACTV lavatory view

ACTV toilet    ACTV sink

For more information about public transportation in Venice (including 12-hour to 7-day Tourist Travel Cards), see our Local Transportation Index and our Venice Water Buses article at Venice for Visitors.


Le Boat: DIY cruising in Venice and the Veneto

Le Boat Minuetto in Venice

ABOVE: A 44-foot (13.5m) Minuetto cabin cruiser in St. Mark's Basin, Venice.

Avid boaters, take note: You can enjoy a Venetian vacation without giving up a boating holiday. Thanks to Le Boat, you can rent a cabin cruiser in Precenicco or Casale (two riverside towns) and spend anywhere from one to several weeks exploring the inland waterways of Northern Italy--including the Venetian Lagoon and the islands around Venice. If you're pressed for time, you can skip Venice and enjoy a three- to five-night "Friuli Short Break" from Precenicco.

To make your trip planning easier, Le Boat has set up a number of cruise itineraries with recommended routes, activities, and cruising schedules. Each itinerary on Le Boat's Web site features a map, basic information (distance, cruising time, number of locks, and number of bridges), and illustrated descriptions of towns, villages, and resorts along the way.

Le Boat's cabin cruisers accommodate two to 12 passengers, and you can book a boat any time between mid-April and mid-October.

For more information, see the Italy pages at www.leboat.com.

Disclaimer: We haven't cruised with Le Boat (we've never piloted any boat larger than a canoe), but Le Boat claims to own and operate the largest fleet of self-drive cruisers on Europe's waterways, and the company has been in business for more than 40 years. You can read reviews from past renters on Le Boat's Web site.

Here are some more photos, courtesy of Le Boat:

 

Le Boat Minuetto interior
ABOVE: Minuetto (interior)

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ABOVE: Vision (exterior)

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ABOVE: Vision (interior)