Mediterranean Port Of Departure - Venice
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1 Introducing Venice

The islands of the Venice lagoon were populated from around the 5th century. By the 14th century Venice was one of the greatest cities of Europe. The best craftsmen and artisans in Europe were employed to build splendid palaces, and the most celebrated artists of the time were commissioned to decorate them.

Today Venice is one of the top destination cities in the world, and features a whole host of beautiful and romantic attractions. Not surprisingly it is a favorite departure port for a cruise - after all what could make a better vacation than combining the magnificent city of Venice with a cruise around the wonderful Adriatic sea.

The port of Venice is not directly on the Mediterranean, but stands on at the west end of the city by the Venetian Lagoon, this is connected to the Adriatic by a channel called the Porto di Lido.

The port plays host to more than twenty cruise lines, including MSC, RCI, and NCL.

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2 The Cruise Port Of Venice

Venice Cruise Terminal consists of three main areas: the Marittima basin, which can handle the largest cruise ships that visit Venice, and and the smaller Santa Marta and San Basilio quays. These two are just around the corner on the Giudecca Canal. Marittima is the largest of the ship docks at the Port's Venezia Terminal Passeggeri, with three terminal buildings and enough docking space to handle several large ships simultaneously. Ships docking here include the Poesia (MSC), Serena (Costa), Fortuna (Costa), Celebrity Summit (Celebrity), Artemis (Carnival), Armonia (MSC). It includes the Isonzo Quay , the Tagliamento Quay, the Piave Quay and the TM Quay (or TM berth). Santa Marta and San Basilio is the long wharf than runs from the main basin to the Fondamenta Zàttere, the walkway beside the southern bank of the Giudecca Canal. Santa Marta hosts cruise ships like Black Prince (Fred Olsen), Wind Spirit (Windstar), Insignia (Oceania). San Basilio berths smaller ships such as the Regatta (Oceania).

Cruises from Venice usually concentrate on one of three areas, the Adriatic Sea, the Ionian Sea or Turkey. See cruises from Venice for a comprehensive listing of cruises available.

For the port authority see Venezia Terminal Passeggeri.

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3 Out And About In Venice

The most famous of Venice’s buildings are those around St Marks Square – the Basilica, the Doge’s Palace, and the Campanile. All 3 were started in the late 10th century, and in the next 300 years the square and buildings saw many improvements and redevelopments.

The Basilica
See the famed Pala d’Oro, an alterpiece of solid gold encrusted with precious diamonds. It was fabricated by Byzantine goldsmiths far back in 975.

The Doge’s palace.
Admire the great Council Hall, and the detailed friezes of the first 76 Doges (apart from Doge number 55 whose frieze was removed, for plotting a takeover of the city)

The Campanile
This bell tower was built in 912. (The original building actually collapsed unexpectedly in 1902, but the reconstruction used most of the stones from the old building). From the top there is a spectacular panoramic view across the city.

4 Traveling To Venice Cruise Port

From the airport
The cruise terminals are a 15- or 20-minute taxi journey from Venice's Airport. A cheaper option is the airport coach to the Piazzale Roma, followed by a taxi or bus ride. Another alternative is a private water taxi, pricey but stylish and fun.

From the Piazzale Roma
The Piazzale Roma is the number one transport hub for Venice and is the last point cars can get to before the center of the city. It is located at the termination of the access causeway to Venice. The piazza is home to the bus station, and sits between the train station, and the cruise and ferry terminals. There is also a major Vaporetto stop (For ACTV timetables see www.actv.itj). The least expensive way to get to the cruise terminals from Pizzale Roma is the free shuttle bus service, which runs frequently on days with cruise departures. Another possibility is a cab, but this can charge over 20 euros.

5 Other Information

Currency EURO
Language Italian
Timezone CET/CEST

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