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Venice is world-famous for its canals. It is built on an archipelago of 118 islands formed by about 150 canals in a shallow lagoon. The islands on which the city is built are connected by about 400 bridges.
The classical Venetian boat is the gondola, although it is now mostly used for tourist. Most Venetians now travel by motorised waterbuses (vaporetti) which ply regular routes along the major canals and between the city´s islands. The city also has many private boats. The only gondolas still in common use by Venetians are the traghetti, foot passenger ferries crossing the Grand Canal at certain points without bridges. Visitors can also take the watertaxis between areas of the city.
Azienda Consorzio Trasporti Veneziano (ACTV) is the name of the public transport system in Venice. It combines both land transportation, with buses, and canal travel, with water buses (vaporetti).
Venice Marco Polo International Airport or Aeroporto di Venezia Marco Polo is on the mainland and was rebuilt away from the coast, however the water taxis or Alilaguna waterbus´ to Venice are only a seven minute walk from the terminals.
Some airlines market Treviso Airport in Treviso, 20km from Venice, as a Venice gateway.
Venice is no place for cars, being built on the water. Cars can reach the car/bus terminal via the bridge Ponte della Liberta. It comes in from Mestre. There are two parking lots which serve the city: Tronchetto and Piazzale Roma.From Tranchetto parking lot leaves a ferry to Lido.