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ABOVE: The Santa Chiara Hotel is next to the Grand Canal and the Piazzale Roma, making it easy to reach from airport buses, taxis, parking, and cruise ships. Venice's Santa Chiara Hotel has long been popular with cruise passengers and visitors with heavy luggage, for a simple reason: It's located along the edge of the Piazzale Roma, just a short walk from airport buses, land taxis, and the People Mover elevated tram to the Tronchetto parking garage and the Marittima cruise terminals. From the Santa Chiara Hotel, it's easy to reach Venice's historic center on foot: You can cross the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Venice Travel Blog
ABOVE: The No. 7 water bus offers direct service from San Zaccaria (near the Piazza San Marco) to the glassmaking island of Murano, but when we took it in April, the ACTV's official published timetable didn't even show the route (although the ACTV map and station timetables did). Venice's ACTV transit system offers a convenient (if expensive) way to get around Venice's historic center. It's also the most practical way to reach Murano, the Lido di Venezia, and other islands in the Venetian Lagoon. At our travel-planning site, Venice for Visitors, we include a page with links to the ACTV's... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Venice Travel Blog
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ABOVE: From the T1 tram's terminus in Venice's Piazzale Roma, it's only a short walk over level ground to the Venice People Mover (an automated tram that runs to the Marittima cruise basin). Mestre, on the Venetian mainland, is popular with cruise passengers for two reasons: Hotels in Mestre are usually cheaper (or offer better value) than hotels in Venice's historic center; and... From a hotel in Mestre, you can take a land taxi directly to the Venice cruise terminals at Marittima (used by large ships), San Basilio, and Santa Marta. If you're considering a hotel in Mestre and are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2016 at Venice Travel Blog
We've now closed comments on this post. If you need hotel advice for Mestre, please see our Venice Mestre & Marghera Hotels guide at More specifically, see the Mestre Hotels for Cruise Passengers page of that article, which suggests where to stay and how to reach the cruise port: Finally, for general information about cruising from Venice, please see:
Hotel Delfino in Mestre to the Marittima cruise port: If you don't have too much luggage, you can take a public bus to the Piazzale Roma and catch the People Mover automated tram to the port from there. Your hotel reception desk will tell you which bus to catch and should be able to sell you tickets for the bus and People Mover. If you're carrying a lot of luggage, you'll probably want to take a taxi to the port. (I can't tell you the exact fare--it's probably in the neighborhood of 25 or 30 euros.)
I'm sorry, but we write exclusively for independent travelers, and we know nothing at all about renting boats for groups. Bucintoro Travel (do a Google Search) might be able to help you. Otherwise, a search on "Venice incoming services" might yield something.
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2016 on A warning about water taxis at Venice Travel Blog
April, 2016: We've just updated this post with current information and new photos of the bus stop in the Piazzale Roma.
The Hotel Bartolomeo is in a poor location for cruisers who are using the Marittima terminals, where large ships of lines such as Royal Caribbean, NCL, MSC, and Costa depart. You'd be much better off picking one of the hotels close to the Piazzale Roma, the Piazza San Marco, the St. Mark's Basin waterfront, or even the Lido that we feature in our "Venice Cruise Terminal Hotels" article at Venice for Visitors: Still, if you can't change your booking, your best bet is to walk from the Hotel Bartolomeo to the nearest Alilaguna Linea Blu airport-boat stop (probably San Marco Giardinetti) and catch the Alilaguna Linea Blu boat to the Marittima cruise basin on your day of departure. (Another Alilaguna route, Linea Arancio or the Orange Line, stops closer to your hotel--at Rialto--but doesn't go anywhere near the cruise terminals.)
From the Royal San Marco, walk to the San Marco Giardinetti waterbus stop and take the Alilaguna Linea Blu airport boat to the Marittima cruise basin.
Ms. Good: You could take the People Mover or a taxi to the Piazzale Roma (on the edge of Venice's historic center) and walk from there, but the walking might be too much for you if you want to visit the Piazza San Marco, the Basilica, etc. A better bet, if you could manage it, would be to ride the Alilaguna Blue Line airport water bus from the Marittima cruise basin (near your ship) to the San Marco stop and explore from there on foot.
Ww aren't pavement historians (or historians, period), but I'd imagine that most paved streets from the late 1500s used the same kind of stone that's used now, since old habits die hard in Venice. That's just a personal guess, however.
Toggle Commented Apr 4, 2016 on The paving stones of Venice at Venice Travel Blog
ABOVE: By the time the boy in this photo is a teenager, you may be able to take a train from Venice's Marco Polo Airport to the Venezia Santa Lucia Railroad Station. A trade publication, Railway Gazette, has just announced that Italy's rail network, Rete Ferroviaria Italiana, and SAVE (the management company for Venice's Marco Polo Airport) are planning a new airport rail link from VCE to the Venezia Mestre and Venezia Santa Lucia railroad stations. The link also will provide rail service to Trieste, approximately 116 km or 72 miles northeast of Venice. The project, which will cost an... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2016 at Venice Travel Blog
ABOVE: La Bella Vita spends part of each voyage moored within a short walk of the Piazza San Marco in Venice. In 2015, European Waterways is offering two opera-themed cruise tours aboard La Bella Vita, a luxury hotel barge that cruises between Venice and the Po River Delta. Each cruise tour will include a pre-cruise "Night at the Opera" with premium seating in the Arena di Verona, a former Roman amphitheatre in Verona (an easy drive from Venice in the barge's comfortable minibus). The dates of the two opera-themed cruises are: July 11-18, featuring Puccini's Tosca. September 5-12, featuring Verdi's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Europe for Visitors Blog
ABOVE: Adrienne is one of five hotel barges in the French Country Waterways fleet. First-rate food is a basic component of any luxury barge cruise, but French Country Waterways Ltd. has upped the culinary ante with a unique twist: Each of the company's itineraries in Burgundy, the Upper Loire, Champagne and Alsace-Lorraine includes dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant on shore. If you're cruising on Adrienne or Espirit, you'll be taken to Maison Lameloise in Chagny for modern interpretations of Burgundian cuisine in a converted 15th Century coach house. Horizon II guests are treated to dinner at L'Auberge des Templiers, a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Europe for Visitors Blog
ABOVE: A CGI rendering of Scenic Eclipse in Paradise Bay, Antarctica. Scenic, an Australian-based international cruise and tour company, has operated river cruises in Europe since 2008. Today, Scenic has 13 luxury "space ships" operating in Europe under the Scenic Cruises brand, and it launched a new four-star brand--Emerald Waterways--in 2014. Now, with the announcement of a Polar Class 6-rated "discovery yacht," Scenic is going after the small-ship oceangoing cruise market. When Scenic Eclipse enters service on August 31, 2018, it will offer luxury cruises in such disparate regions as the Mediterranean, the Arctic, and the Antarctic. The brand-new 16,500-GRT... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2016 at Europe for Visitors Blog
Recently, we received an e-mail from Gregory Alan Forney, a.k.a. Before Day, in which he described his new music video titled Cogli l'attimo (an Italian phrase that means "Seize the moment"). We enjoyed the music video, which is catchy, upbeat, and filled with appealing Venice imagery. You can view it above on YouTube. After clicking the "Play" arrow, click the "full screen" symbol for maximum enjoyment. If you'd like to download the song as an MP3, MP320, or FLAC file, visit the Cogli l'attimo page at, where you can also read what inspired Greg to write his song. (Cogli... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2015 at Venice Travel Blog
ABOVE: Meg stands (or, rather, lies) watch over her domain. Over the years, Cheryl (sometimes accompanied by Maggie) has bought t-shirts and other gifts at a souvenir cart in the Campo delle Beccarie, next to the Pescaria or Fish Market on the San Polo side of Venice's Rialto Bridge. Recently, Cheryl stopped by the cart to buy more t-shirts for our grandchildren, and she remembered that the lady who owned the kiosk had once mentioned having a dog. When Cheryl asked about the dog, the lady took her around the cart and pulled a drawer open. Inside the drawer was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2015 at Maggie in Venice
ABOVE: Before cooling your heels in Venice's canals, put on latex socks. In the summer months, it isn't uncommon to see tourists dipping their toes or feet into Venice's canals, presumably in an effort to keep cool. Before emulating those clueless or intrepid visitors, consider this: An estimated 90 percent of Venice's human waste is flushed directly into the city's canals, and a public-health study detected Hepatitis A virus and enteroviruses in 78 percent of the canals that were tested over a two-year period from 2003 to 2005. Venice's canal-based sewer system is more than a thousand years old, and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2015 at Venice Travel Blog
ABOVE: A bicyclist poses as a passerby takes his photo on a footbridge. Back in 2010, we wrote a Stupid Tourist Tricks post titled "Bicycling in Venice" that showed visitors taking two-wheelers into Venice's historic center. Bicycling in the city center was illegal then, and it still is--although you might never guess it from the number of clueless or rebellious tourists who can be seen with bikes near Venice's railroad station and Piazzale Roma. To be fair, the prohibition against bicycles may not be obvious to visitors who haven't done their research, and not all offenders are tourists. (A few... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2015 at Venice Travel Blog
ABOVE: La Bella Vita cruises in Italy's Po River Delta between Venice and Mantua. In 2015, European Waterways is offering two opera-themed cruises aboard La Bella Vita, a luxury hotel barge that cruises between Venice and Mantua. Each opera package will include a pre-cruise "Night at the Opera" with premium seating in the Arena di Verona, a former Roman amphitheatre in Verona (an easy drive from Padua, where you'll spend a night before boarding the hotel barge in Venice). The dates of the two opera-themed cruises are: July 11-18, featuring Puccini's Tosca. September 5-12, featuring Verdi's Nabucco. Other opera-related activities... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at Venice Travel Blog
ABOVE: A sewage boat arrives to collect the contents of a septic tank or a "pozzo nero" (cesspool) in a Venice storefront. Sewage isn't the most appealing travel topic, but if you're at all interested in urban infrastructure, you might as well learn where things go when you do. Most of Venice's sewage goes directly into the city's canals. Flush a toilet, and someone crossing a bridge or cruising up a side canal by gondola may notice a small swoosh of water emerging from an opening in a brick wall. In theory, such waste is supposed to be purified by... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2015 at Venice Travel Blog
We tend to be underwhelmed by gift books and coffeetable books, especially when they're about Venice. We've seen too many heavy, expensive books that consisted mostly of standard tourist photos (gondolas, Carnival masks) and seemed destined to gather dust on bookshelves. This year, however, we received a review copy of a readable--and affordable--book that breaks the mold. It's titled Dream of Venice, with photographs by Charles Christopher and editing by JoAnn Locktov (who also has written two books about contemporary mosaics). We recommend Dream of Venice with enthusiasm, and if you're looking for the perfect gift book--for the holidays, for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2014 at Venice Travel Blog
Edmund Hunt: The B&B would be your most reliable source of information, but this Google Map might help:,12.333998,20z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x78f9321bd58866e7
Toggle Commented Nov 25, 2014 on A warning about water taxis at Venice Travel Blog
Acqua alta, or high water, occurs in Venice when a high tide coincides with a drop in barometric pressure, often in combination with a scirocco wind that pushes water toward the northern end of the Adriatic Sea. The sea's water level rises, and the excess water is forced into the Venetian Lagoon at high tide, flooding low-lying areas of Venice for several hours until the high tide recedes. The main acqua alta season is from October to April, and the flood tides are especially common in late fall. Today, the high water was fairly moderate--about 100 cm above the official... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Venice Travel Blog