Few cities provide as magical a greeting as Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. Sailing into the Venetian Lagoon is an experience you’ll never forget, circling the islands to dock at the Stazione Marittima near the Piazzale Roma transport hub. St. Mark’s Square and its many-domed basilica is only a short vaporetto ferry ride away, and the many art galleries and shops of Venice await!
How to Get to Venice
Catch the vaporetto ferry to St. Mark’s from the Stazione Marittima, and enjoy a 20-minute sightseeing tour of Venice for the price of a ferry ride! Hourly ferries leave from the S. Marta stop. You could also walk to Piazzale Roma in 10 to 15 minutes, and then catch a more-frequent vaporetto to glide along the Grand Canal. Some cruise lines provide a free shuttle to St. Mark’s. If your cruise ship has docked at the San Basilio terminal, south of Piazzale Roma, you can catch a vaporetto to St. Mark’s from the S. Basilio stop.
One Day in Venice
Gliding in a gondola along the Venetian canals is a definite must-do while you’re in Venice, and joining a walking tour of this ethereal city’s labyrinthine back streets will ensure you won’t get lost!
If you’ve booked a Skip the Line tour of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Renaissance chambers of the Doge’s Palace, you’ll avoid the legendary queues. A Venice in One Day tour includes Skip the Line entry to St. Mark’s, plus a two-hour walking tour and Grand Canal cruise – the essential Venetian experiences in one neat package.
Most cruise lines sailing the Mediterranean make a beeline for Venice, including Celebrity, Cunard, Fred Olsen, Hapag-Lloyd, Royal Caribbean, Regent Seven Seas, Princess and Oceania. The currency here is the euro, and there are exchange bureaus, banks and ATMs clustered around St. Mark’s. While Italian is the official language of the locals, English is widely understood in Venice.