One of the most romantic and beautiful cities in the world, Venice is home to renowned historic and cultural icons including the Grand Canal, the Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Square. The city, in its entirety, is listed as a World Heritage Site.
Made up of more than 100 tiny islands, this unique floating city is interspersed with charming canals traversed by traditional gondolas. A warren of narrow cobbled laneways lined with tiny trattorias and bustling cafés, Venice is the perfect city to explore on foot. And just as well, considering sailing and walking are the only 2 modes of transport available.
Venice is one of Europe’s most popular ports – it welcomes more than 2 million passengers every year. Given its status as a water-city, sailing into Venice is fitting. The modern full-service passenger terminals are located within walking distance of cafés, restaurants and shopping.
The Marittima Basin is the biggest dock in the port and the main mooring point for cruise ships. It can handle several large ships at once and has 2 well-equipped and air-conditioned terminal buildings to cater for passengers.
- left-luggage/baggage storage facilities
- food and beverage areas, bar, tobacco shop and news stand
- ATMs and public telephones
- tourist information desks with free city maps
- duty free shopping for departing passengers
How to Get Around
Venice is an excellent city to explore on foot, but if you are restricted by time use a detailed map, as the city is notoriously easy to get lost in. If you have several days to explore, getting lost and discovering the quaint neighbourhoods is half the fun.
The streets of Venice are cobbled and connected by hundreds of bridges, so if you have luggage in tow it is best to catch a vaporetto (water bus) to your hotel. Vaporetto stops are all over Venice and the boats run every 10 to 15 minutes. Fares start at around €7 (A$10) per ride, and day passes are available.
Venice is located about 13 kilometres from Marco Polo Airport. The airport is accessible by taxi, bus and boat, with boat being the quickest (but most expensive) option, and bus the cheapest. By road the journey takes around 30 minutes. Taxis and buses depart from Piazzale Roma, which is about 1.5 kilometres from the cruise terminal.
- Currency - the currency in Venice is the euro. Coins come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent and €1 and €2 denominations. Notes come in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500 denominations.
- Time Zone - Venice uses Central European Time (CET), which is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). During the summer months it uses Central European Summer Time (CEST), which is 2 hours ahead of UTC.
- Weather - Venice has a humid subtropical climate with hot summers and cool winters. Daytime temperatures range from an average 26° Celsius in July and August to 3° Celsius in January and February.
- St Mark’s Square - the main hub of Venice, St Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco) is one of the most famous piazzas in the world. Set on the waterfront, it is home to St Mark’s Basilica, the historic Clock Tower (Torre dell'Orologio) and several significant museums.
- St Mark’s Basilica - dating back to 1060, St Mark’s Basilica (Basilica of San Marco) is the main church of Venice. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful basilicas in Europe.
- St Mark’s Bell Tower - located in St Mark’s Square and 99 metres high, the bell tower is accessible to tourists and provides spectacular views over Venice. Dating back to the 10th century, it was rebuilt in the early 20th century using original materials after it collapsed.
- The Grand Canal - the s-shaped canal that runs through the heart of Venice is the city’s main thoroughfare and is used by vaporetti, water taxis and gondolas. It is 3.8 kilometres long and varies from 30-90 metres wide.
- Ponte di Rialto - spanning the Grand Canal, the Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto) is one of the oldest bridges in Venice. Built in 1591 it is one of only a few bridges in the world to have shops lining both sides.