The ferry is a public service that crosses the Grand Canal from side to side. A little "bus" that ferries you across the canal. The cost for the tourist not supplied by the "carta venezia" is eu2.00 for small and exciting tour.
The gondola ferry is larger gondola than the parade one, convenient and comfortable, and it is mostly used by Venezians to move from one district to another with great agility.
Originally the ferries were many more, now you can find ferry services at the Rialto Market and S.Tomà which work all day until 7.00 pm, the one in Riva del Vin is temporary out of order and the one that across from S.M.del Giglio to Salute works only in the morning until 1pm. There would also be a ferry from the Salute to San Marco, the longest trip of all, but it is often suspended because of the too much traffic in that point of the Grand Canal.
Did you know that the gondola was originally colored and decorated? Then an edict of the Venetian Republic in 1562, decided that all 10,000 boats were to be colored with black colour.
By Roberta Michieletto