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How to reach the island
The private island of San Clemente is about 15 minutes from San Marco via the San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice's's free private launches. (The spacious, well-equipped boats were built at a cost of €280,000 to €300,000 each, and they run several times an hour in both directions.)
Boats depart from a slip by the Giardini Reali or Royal Gardens, just to the right of the Piazzetta (the waterfront section of the Piazza San Marco) as you face the water. Look for the octagonal Water Taxi booth next to the stone balustrade, then look to your right for the small wooden San Clemente Palace sign. If you don't see a boat, wait by the balustrade until the next launch arrives.
If you're coming from Venice's Marco Polo Airport, take the Alilaguna Alilaguna airport boat and get off at the San Marco Giardinetti stop. Turn right as you leave the boat landing and walk to the far end of the sidewalk in front of the palace gardens, where you'll find the Water Taxi booth and the San Clemente Palace boat dock.
Alternatively, you can hire a water taxi at the airport. (Expect to pay somewhere between €120 and €150 for the ride.)
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Durant Imboden has
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He covered Venice and European travel at About.com for 4-1/2 years before launching
Europe for Visitors (including
Venice for Visitors) with Cheryl
Imboden in 2001.
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