Venice is a city like no other. Comprising of just over a hundred small islands and based in Italy’s northern Veneto region, of which it is the capital, Venice is rightly known as the Queen of the Adriatic. With no roads, only canals, travel by water or by foot are the only ways to get around. Famed for its beautiful architecture, romantic enclaves and rich Renaissance history, this UNESCO world heritage site continues to be a must-see destination.
Due to the large amount of ships wishing to dock in Venice, the city has now banned larger cruise vessels from doing so. As of September 2019, several ships will now be docking at either Fusina and Lombardia Terminals. Whilst both of these are further away from the city centre, they are both still within the Venice lagoon and the main sites are still reachable.
The Terminal Venezia Passeggeri or Venice Cruise Terminal is located near the 4-km causeway that links the historic city with the mainland. It consists of two main areas: the Marittima basin, which can handle the largest ships that call in Venice, and San Basilio, which is just around the corner in the Giudecca Canal.
# Marittima is the largest of the ship basins at the Port of Venice’s Venezia Terminal Passeggeri, with two terminal buildings and enough docking space to handle several large ships at once. It’s within walking distance of the Piazzale Roma, the main car, taxi, and bus gateway to the historic center.
# San Basilio is a long quay that runs from the main port area to the Fondamenta Zàttere, the promenade along the southern edge of the historic center on the Giudecca Canal. It accommodates small to medium-sized ships and yachts, including river vessels. The pier has a terminal building for oceangoing cruise ships.