Buongiorno, VeneziaUnica (addio, VeniceConnected)

VeneziaUnica is the new portal the offers advance purchase for all passes and services you’ll use while you’re visiting the city. The online portal was activated October 7, 2013, replacing and eventually expanding on other online venues like VeniceConnected, Venicecard, with more likely to shift there in the future.

FOR TRAVELERS

VeneziaUnica Composer

Just passing through? Use the composer to select, then purchase passes and services for each individual in your travel party, including

• ACTV passes
• museum & church passes (VeniceCard, San Marco Museums, etc.)
• land and water transfers (Aerobus/Alilaguna)
• toilets, wi-fi

with more to be added over time.

Where you retrieve your pass/tickets depends on the service you purchase, it has not changed. What seems to have changed is that services are no longer date specific, which is probably a good thing.

What is misleading from the English description is that they talk about it being a city pass. There is no single card for all services for the traveler; there is a single portal with a “composer” that you can use to purchase a number of services in advance, that you retrieve individually according the services; instructions will be included as they always have.

VeneziaUnica city pass will also replace imob/CartaVenezia (though your imob will act like a VeneziaUnica city pass until it expires): the card is free, the paid services for residents and frequent visitors that may be activated via the city pass are public transport, bike sharing, car sharing (Italian driver’s license required), car parks, wi-fi, etc.

FOR RESIDENTS and FREQUENT VISITORS

Residents and frequent visitors will be issued free VeneziaUnica cards, then use them to activate paid services such as ACTV services, car park, car sharing,

Your current imob card will act like a VeneziaUnica card until it expires, when it will be replaced with a VeneziaUnica card.

 

VeniceConnected: purchase up to 4 days in advance

VeniceConnected.com was first introduced to allow visitors to obtain significant discounts on transit passes, museum entrances, and more if they were purchased in advance from their website. In the beginning, travelers had to decide and purchase at least two weeks in advance of their arrival; it wasn’t long after that the advance-purchase time was reduced to seven days in advance.

Now, getting those discounts is even more convenient: purchase up to four days in advance and they’re yours.

They’re substantial, too — so if you know you’ll be visiting certain museums, riding the vaporetto (you will), or taking advantage of the other services they offer, you have even more time to make up your mind.

For more info and to make your purchase, see VeniceConnected.com

Venice Connected: Museums Direct

Picture 2.pngVeniceConnected.com, in addition to offering signficant advance purchase discounts, just got a little more convenient according to yesterday’s press release. In addition to the PNR (reservation code) issued uponn purchase that’s good for issue of transit passes and public bathroom access, you now have the possibility of printing your own museum pass. This would enable you to head directly to the ticket taker, without having to stop at any Venice Connected point or have a separate ticket issued at the museum…bypassing lines entirely.

It doesn’t look like the instructions have been updated yet to reflect this new functionality, but perhaps they’ll come with the information received from your purchase.

In any case, I’m sure this is only the first of a continuing evolution of VeniceConnected.com as a one-stop-shop for Venetian venue access. Every little bit helps…

VeniceConnected.com

Venice is now Connected, ur-rah!

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If this works, it could be a very good thing.

Active as of today, VeniceConnected.com guarantees you lower prices for a variety of venues and services (along with avoiding having to stand in line to buy them) if you book through their site. You must make your purchase at least 15 days in advance, but low, medium, and high visitation periods are colorfully indicated on the calendar you’ll use in the booking process, so you can determine when your savings will be greatest.

At the moment, you can  reserve parking, purchase public transport passes (from 12 hours to 7 days, good for ACTV vaporetto & land buses), Alilaguna airport transfers, museum passes, paid toilet services by the day or the week. Wi-fi access (city-wide availability due mid-year!) and Casinò entrance are included with any other purchases.

I’ve created a VeniceConnected article with more info, usage instructions, and some screen shots. If you use the site, do come back and post your experience with it.

Incrociamo le dita…

VeniceConnected: Giulia’s online as of Feb 1

I can’t wait to try it out.

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Beginning February 1, the multi-lingual avatar Giulia will be at VeniceConnected.com to help you reserve selected services in advance of arriving in Venice…and letting you know when they’re discounted the most (that is, when the city is less crowded). If this works, everyone will benefit: Venice, travelers, vendors…maybe even locals.

With Giulia’s assistance, VeniceConnected.com will allow the traveler to review a variety of services, reserving and paying in advance for those they need. At the moment these are limited to vaporetto passes, museum tickets and passes, parking (don’t park, drop the rental), and so on, but more will be added as time goes on, including city wi-fi access when it arrives later this year (woot!).

According to the press release, the site will function as a one-stop-shop, where instead of going to individual sites to purchase various services, you can not only accomplish it in one operation, but score a discount in the bargain. Once you select your service and make your payment, you’ll be assigned a voucher number, that will give you direct access to the prepaid services, and a bar-code that will allow you to check the status of the services you’ve purchased.

If you’re plannng a trip yourself, you’ll have to give it a try and get back with your results.

Incrociamo le dita…