Since Venice spreads over numerous little islands, people either prefer to wander around the city on foot or use water transportation. Public means include the vaporetto (water bus) and motoscafo (smaller water bus). There is also the option of a taxi acquei (water taxi) and that of the traghetti, which are  gondola-like ferries that cross the Grand Canal.

The gondolas, the eternal symbols of Venice and the chief means of transportation in the past, are traditional, flat-bottomed Venetian rowing boats, similar to a canoe, but narrower. Propelled by a gondolier, they are the most romantic, although expensive, choice to enjoy a journey around the Grand Canal while the sun sets.