Gliding down a canal in Venice in a gondola is one of the most magical experiences you can have. But besides from the gondolier, gondola rides are not exactly conducive to mingling with the locals.
Unless that is, you are in a little ‘traghetto’.
A traghetto is like a larger version of a gondola that was used throughout history to ferry people across Venice’s Grand Canal and other waters in the absence of bridges.
(Nowadays the word ‘traghetto’ is also used to describe even larger motorised ferries.)
A unique form of public transport, many are standing room only on the short ride from one side of the waterway to the other.
Generally the experience will set you back just a few euro per person – but keep in mind, we are taking about a ride that lasts less than a minute.
We use the traghetto as part of our new Taste of Venice: ‘Bacari’ Food & Wine Tour with a Sommelier. Visit the local Bacari food and wine bars to try scrumptious ‘cicchetti’, a traditional kind of Venetian tapas together with the great wines. Venetians are so famous for. Walk through Venice’s most historical and famous Rialto Bridge markets and discover the true identity of a city with a real local!