New in 2024:
Santa Marta Cruise Pier
River ships and other smaller vessels often use this pier between Venice's Marittima ship basin and the San Basilio cruise terminal.
River ships, such as Uniworld's La Venezia and CroisiEurope's Michelangelo, usually begin and end their cruises at the Santa Marta pier. (Other small ships also use Santa Marta from time to time.)
This pier is located just west of the San Basilio cruise terminal, in a separate fenced-off area immediately in front of the Venice port headquarters building and IAUV, Venice's architecture and design university.
Santa Marta can be reached by land taxi from Marco Polo Airport, the Piazzale Roma, or Mestre on the Venetian mainland. Alternatively, you can arrive at the Santa Marta or San Basilio ACTV waterbus stop (blue boat icons) and walk a few minutes to the port gate.
If you're walking, the most convenient hotels for Santa Marta are the three-star Hotel Tiziano ("H" icon near top of map) and the four-star Hotel San Sebastiano Garden (to the right of the Tiziano and above the San Basilio cruise terminal).
If you're arriving or departing by taxi, any hotel near the Piazzale Roma will be convenient. (The Piazzale Roma is where buses and taxis from the airport discharge and pick up passengers in Venice.) From the Piazzale Roma, it's only a few minutes to the Santa Marta pier by cab.
Durant Imboden has
written about Venice, Italy since 1996.
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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