What a fuss there was when vaporetto Line 3 (for season ticket holders only) began plowing the waters of the Grand Canal last January. One article in a British newspaper referred to the “poor tourist” who was restricted to only those vaporetti that were more numerous, more frequent, and made faster progress up and down the canal. Since most tourists had no idea they couldn’t get on any boat they chose, as would be the case anywhere else in the world, you can imagine the casino that resulted, and on a regular basis. Ma.
If this made you unhappy too, you may now rejoice, at least for the rest of October.Â The experimental Line 3 has been deemed unprofitable and unmanageable, andÂ even though the decision is not yet official,Â will be suspended as of Nov 1.Â Â In a grandÂ addio,Â anyone and everyone can now board it without fear of reprisal (you may have to wait a bit longer, of course, as it only arrives every twenty minutes).
Personally, although I enjoyed being on a vap from time to time without standing shoulder to shoulder, manuevering around bagagli enormi, and being whacked on regular basis with swirling backpacks, a few less motorboats on the Grand Canal won’t bother me in the least. Don’t know if this will actually be the case, as once Line 3 disappears, Line 1 will increasing its frequency from 10 minute intervals to 7 minutes, a definite plus for those of us who regularly arrive 5 seconds after our vap has eased away from the pontile.
As for that crabby journalist, I guess we’ll have to start looking around for something else he can complain about (although I have a feeling folks like him probably have a very long list).