Guide to Cruise Ports and Terminals
The city of Venice is one of Europe's top cruise centres. Many Mediterranean cruises either begin from or terminate at cruise ports in or around Venice.
The Port of Venice (Stazione Marittima) is located at the perimeter of the Venetian archipelago. Unfortunately it is no longer used for large cruise ships; only very small ships and river boats. For those lucky passengers, access to local attractions in Venice is relatively easy.
All other ships arrive and depart at other ports on the Italian mainland:
Please confirm the following information with your cruise line:
In many cases, passengers on large cruise ships will continue to check in at the old Marittima cruise port. They will then be bussed to the appropriate port on the mainland.
Venice is comprised of a series of offshore island. Consequently there is no metro service available. There is, however, a light rail service that transfers cruised passengers from the Port of Venice to Piazzale Roma, where the central bus station is located.
From Piazzale Roma, one can enjoy a long but pleasant walk along the canals to San Marco Square.
Bus service is available to the Italian mainland, but not to the heart of Venice, which is located on the Venetian archipelago.
Commuter ferry boats called "Vaporetto" operate throughout the Venetian Islands. The closest ferry terminal to the cruise port is called San Basilio.
Ferry service is sometimes available directly from the Venice Cruise Port.
Top tourist attractions in Venice Italy are San Marco Square, the Rialto Bridge, Doge's Palace and the San Marco Basilica.
Tourist Information: Venice Italy Travel Guide.
Bologna Italy is located 154 kilometers southeast of Venice. For cruise passengers who have previously visited Venice, Bologna is worth visiting.
High-speed trains run between the Venice-Mestre station (on the mainland) and Bologna.
Tourist Information: Bologna Travel Guide
Most cruise ships dock at the Stazione Marittima, which is located at the western end of the Venetian archipelago, not far from the Santa Lucia Train Station.
There is also a supplementary ports (used for smaller ships) called "Santa Marta" and "San Basilo". It is located southeast of the main port.
The Euro is used in Italy.
Average daily temperatures in Venice are as follows:
Free Wifi Internet access is available at cafes and restaurants throughout Venice.