Venice has two interlocking street systems - the canals and the pavements - and contrary to what you might expect, you'll be using the latter for most of the time. Apart from services #1 and the #82, which cut through the city along the Canal Grande, the water-buses skirt the city centre, connecting points on the periphery and the outer islands. In many cases the speediest way of getting around is
. Distances between major sights are sometimes tortuous but extremely short (you can cross the whole city in an hour), and once you've got your general bearings you'll find that navigation is not as daunting as it seems at first.
Other useful information
for tourists (each section contains more specific sub-sections):