As you might expect from a city famous for its canals, water is the main medium of transport in Venice. Water buses, known as vaporetti, ply the Grand Canal and make scheduled stops. The vaporetti are a far cheaper way to get around Venice than the famous gondolas, piloted by stripe-shirted gondoliers who for an extra fee will serenade passengers. Travelling down the Grand Canal is obligatory but the vaporetti are well-suited for this purpose. Once ashore, the only way to explore is on foot, through the narrow alleys and lively squares; there are no cars at all in Venice. Make sure you have a good map as the city can become a confusing labyrinth.
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