Definition of vaporetto in English:



  • (in Venice) a canal boat (originally a steamboat, now a motorboat) used for public transport.

    • ‘As our river bus weaves in and out among the swarm of vaporetti, traghetti, gondolas and private craft, Venice begins to reveal itself.’
    • ‘Today's monks are deeply proud of the poet's patronage: take a vaporetto from St Mark's Square to San Lazzaro and they will show you the room where he studied.’
    • ‘The vaporetto chugs across to Murano, home of the factories that make the ubiquitous glass, and on to Burano.’
    • ‘There is too much to see, and the vaporettos are so heavily laden, they look as if they may sink at any moment.’
    • ‘In the lower gallery there are videos of footage taken from a ferry in Sydney Harbour and a vaporetto in Venice.’


Italian, diminutive of vapore ‘steam’, from Latin vapor.