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ABOVE: In this photo, you can see the Lido di Venezia, Venice's historic center with its cruise piers, and the island of Murano. (From the Lido and Murano, you can reach the Marittima cruise terminals on Alilaguna's Linea Blu airport boat.)

Hotels on the Lido and Murano

Lido di Venezia

Hotel listings for Marittima:

Hotel listings for San Basilio:

Quadracycle on LidoThe Lido is a barrier island and beach resort between the Adriatic Sea and the Venetian Lagoon (including the city of Venice). From the Lido Santa Maria Elisabetta waterbus stop at the foot of the island's main street, ACTV vaporetti provide transportation to central Venice. Alilaguna Linea Blu and Linea Rossa airport boats run between Marco Polo Airport and the Lido, and--just as important--Linea Blu offers a direct service from the Lido to  the Marittima cruise basin. Boats arrive right next to the ships, as you can see in this photo:

Alilaguna Linea Blu airport boat at Marittima

B&B on the LidoHotels on the Lido tend to be cheaper than hotels in Venice's centro storico, and most of them can be reached on foot over level sidewalks, without crossing any bridges. Also, because cars are permitted on the Lido, it's possible to take a cab from the waterbus station to your hotel. Bottom line: If you're arriving in Venice at Marco Polo Airport and departing by cruise ship from Marittima (or vice versa), a hotel on the Lido can be convenient and save you money at the same time.

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Murano

Murano glass sculpture and clock towerThe glassmaking island of Murano is a few minutes south of Venice's centro storico by public ACTV water bus. It's also on Alilaguna's Linea Blu and Linea Blu airport boat routes. From Murano, you can take the Linea Blu boat all the way to the Marittima cruise basin.

Murano hotel and lighthouseIf you're arriving in Venice at Marco Polo Airport and departing by cruise ship from Marittima (or vice versa), and if you like the idea of being on a small island in the evening after the day tourists have gone home,  you should consider spending a night on Murano. The island has affordable B&Bs, two- and three-star hotels, and a new four-star hotel in a renovated glass factory.

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