Amsterdam's transformation into what can be called a "natural city" had happened by choice prompted by commercial considerations. As a result, the Dutch capital managed to keep the best of both worlds: its waterways network was added to the already existing regular urban structure - such as streets, squares, transportation means... As opposed, Venice had no such luck - or luxury. It had no choice of how much land should be allocated to which element, no say in the matter whatsoever. Created on - or out of - 118 small islands, it had to throw itself on the mercy of the god of the sea, Neptune.
I have to clarify that, in many cases, "small" islands actually mean "tiny". That is, small enough to be easily traversed on foot in 10-15 minutes. Unsurprisingly, such islands have space for but one-two streets - and often enough, even those might be better called "paths". While a handful of houses can usually be found on those paths, there is hardly a store, a bank, a post-office or a hospital among them. For such and similar services, one would have to travel to a bigger, more central island. Just like elsewhere, traveling implies buses, taxis, private vehicles and the like - only in Venice all that moves exclusively over water. In other words, the first four letters for each and every transport unit there are exactly the same "AQUA".
Other than the utter preponderance of water, using Venetian transport isn't particularly difficult or confusing. Every pier has a copy of the aquabus' current schedule, and boats-buses seem to pretty punctual. Aquataxies take the same 10-15 minutes to arrive - a splash outside your window will inform you that your captain-driver is waiting for you. The above-mentioned private vehicles are usually parked right under the house - quite literally, because most houses have stairs leading straight into the water where the family boat is moored . To be fair to Venetians, many of them do have actual cars necessary to travel around the country and abroad - it's just that they have to keep them where there are also streets and roads! Namely, in Mestre, the mainland suburb of Venice. I should also mention that the waterfront is not only the busiest part of the city but also the neatest one - maybe, because it's the only actual "street" in Venice proper. The rest are essentially back lanes - and, away from the waterfront, it's rather easy to go astray and even get lost...
All the above could be mistaken for a description of a routine fishing village - except for Venice being one of the most striking and original - as well as aspiring and somewhat conceited - cities in the world.