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Venice Connected

Venice has finally put up a website, Venice Connected, allowing advanced, discounted purchase of useful things like transportation tickets (which are WAY overpriced for tourists), museums, and car parks (minimally discounted). A seven-day public transport ticket is 37.50 instead of 50.00 if you're going to be using the vaporetti or buses every day while visiting. Access to the city's wifi network is free if you book more than one day's worth of tickets through the site. The tickets need to be booked at least two weeks in advance.

For me, the most exciting part of this website is not that these tickets can be booked, but seeing the calendar, color-coded for low, medium, and high demand periods of time for months in advance. In other words, you can see for yourself when the city of Venice is likely to be at its most and least crowded by looking at this calendar. You don't have to do all the cross-referencing between seasons and holidays and regatte yourself. That's a wonderful, wonderful service to offer, even if they don't appear to have done so intentionally, as it will help visitors looking for off-season adventures in a quieter city figure out when to come visit.

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intertext
Feb. 17th, 2009 12:40 am (UTC)
That is incredibly useful! Thank you for the link. As I wrote in my ljmail, I've now booked the studio for the last two weeks in June, and am pleased to see that only two of my days are considered "high" - most are "medium" and some are even "low"! Can't wait :)
owlfish
Feb. 17th, 2009 09:58 am (UTC)
By definition, I think of June as high season; I hope the weeks live up to Venice Connected's expectations. (And since I'm pretty sure you've been before, you'll know you probably don't need to book transportation since you can walk everywhere; unless you know you're going to the islands on specific days.)
intertext
Feb. 17th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
I haven't actually been before (hence my initial query about the apartment rental) :) I did know that you could walk everywhere. But the wifi may come in handy, especially if it covers St. Marks.
annafdd
Feb. 17th, 2009 08:00 am (UTC)
They probably did do it on purpose: Venice is croaking under the strain in the peak periods and almost empty in the lulls. (As You Know Bob).

City wifi?! WOW! That is awesome in Italy.
owlfish
Feb. 17th, 2009 09:56 am (UTC)
If they did it on purpose, surely it would be an advertised feature? Hmm.

City wifi: Venice has the density to do it if it wanted to. As is, now that I've finally figured out how to find out what it covers, it covers... not much. P.S. Marco and S. Giuliano park on the mainland.

Also, I notice that in somewhat typical Italian fashion, these purchases can only be collected (currently) from four locations, between c. 7 am and 8 pm.

On the other hand, the site and services are in beta, haven't been around for more than a few weeks, and if it all takes off, the city might be good and expand the offerings. We'll see.
annafdd
Feb. 17th, 2009 11:26 am (UTC)
Also, I notice that in somewhat typical Italian fashion, these purchases can only be collected (currently) from four locations, between c. 7 am and 8 pm.


AH AH AH AH Ahhhahahhah

So typical.
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