Transportation from the
Venice Cruise Port
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From Sette Martiri
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ABOVE: Ships that are in Venice for the day often moor
along the Riva dei Sette Martiri (the promenade on the right side of the photo),
which isn't far from the Piazza San Marco.
Riva dei Sette Martiri
is a waterfront promenade in the Castello district, close to
the Gardini Publicci (Venice's largest park) and the grounds of the Biennale
international art exhibition. The Port of Venice has built a pier along the
riva that's used by three types of ships:
River vessels (such
as CroisiEurope's Michelangelo), which often spend several days or
nights parked along the waterfront during cruises in the Venetian Lagoon and
Po River Valley, and...
Small ocean-cruising ships that spend the day in Venice
during itineraries that begin and end in other ports.
Visiting megayachts, naval training ships, and other large
Cruise embarkation and disembarkation always take place at the
Marittima basin or the
San Basilio pier, so you
needn't worry about how to reach the airport, the railroad station, or hotels
from Sette Martiri.
ABOVE: A fisheye view of a bridge
between the Sette Martiri pier and the Piazza San Marco.
How to reach the city center:
Sette Martiri, getting to the main tourist attractions is easy: Just step off
the ship, turn left as you leave the pier, and walk 15 or 20 minutes along the
waterfront until you reach the Doge's Palace,
St. Mark's Basilica, and the
Piazza San Marco with its
Campanile or bell tower.
The broad stone promenade is flat and smooth except for half a
dozen bridges, which sometimes (but not always) have temporary wooden ramps
installed for the convenience of marathon runners, wheelchair users, and parents
Along the way, you might want to stop at the Museo Storico
Naval History Museum, which faces the Campo San Biagio just before the
second bridge. Also take time to walk inland, where you'll find many attractive
squares, churches, streets, and shops.
you're in Venice during an odd-numbered year, the
Biennale modern-art exhibition
is well worth at least a few hours of your time. Most of the national pavilions
are in the main grounds near the Sette Martiri pier, but your ticket will also
admit you to other pavilions and galleries--including those in Arsenale,
Venice's historic shipbuilding complex (which is within easy walking distance of
We suggest buying a good map before leaving the waterfront and
the Piazza San Marco. Venice's layout can be confusing, and it's easy to walk
around in circles if you don't know where you are. (See our
Walking in Venice and
Venice Street Maps articles for helpful
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