The Saint Mark’s Basilica and the Doge's Palace 
St Mark’s Square, the heart of the city
Murano and its glass-blowing art

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MSC Cruises shore excursions can be a clever option for visiting the monuments that draw the largest cruise crowds in Venice: the Basilica di San Marco – the mausoleum of the city’s patron saint – and the Palazzo Ducale – the home of the doge and all the governing councils.

Certainly these are the most dramatic structures in Venice: the first a mosaic-clad emblem of Venice’s Byzantine origins, the second perhaps the finest of all secular Gothic buildings. But you would be rewarded for visiting every parish: a roll-call of the churches worth visiting would feature over fifty names, and a list of the important paintings and sculptures they contain would be twice as long. 

Enjoy your cruise holiday in Venice walking in Piazza San Marco: the only piazza in Venice, all other squares being campi or campielli. Its parades, festivities and markets have always drawn visitors, the biggest attraction once being the trade fair known as the Fiera della Sensa, which kept the Piazza buzzing for the fortnight following the Ascension Day ceremony of the Marriage of Venice to the Sea; nowadays the Piazza is the focal point of the Carnevale shenanigans. 

The coffee shops of the Piazza were a vital component of eighteenth-century high society, and the two survivors from that period – Florian and Quadri – are still the most expensive in town. The glass-blowing industry is what made Murano famous all over Europe, and today its furnaces constitute Venice’s sole surviving manufacturing zone. 

Murano’s street-level premises are given over almost entirely to shops selling glasswork, and it’s difficult to walk more than a few metres on this island without being invited to step inside a showroom. Some of them have furnaces attached, and you shouldn’t pass up the chance to see these astoundingly skilful craftsmen in action.

Must see places in Venice

  • A gondola boat ride

    A gondola boat ride

  • Saint Mark's Square

    Saint Mark's Square

  • Glass-working at Murano

    Glass-working at Murano

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    The excursions program for this port is under progress. Come back soon to find out the best way to discover this destination!

Reach the port

Port of Venice

This section contains information on how to reach the port.

Cruise Terminal:

VTP (Venezia terminal Passeggeri)

Reach the port by

  • Car

    Leave the motorway to Venice at the Venezia-Porto exit and follow the signs for Venezia - Stazione Marittima - Terminal Passeggeri.  
    Venice Passenger Terminal website for useful information:

    Parking Information

    PARCHEGGIO VTP  (Venezia Terminal Passeggeri)
    Port of Venice - Cruise Terminal
    Tel. +39 041 2403090
    • When you arrive at the port in Venice, follow the signs to the parking area located inside the port and just a few minutes from the boarding area. 
    • Payment will be made directly at the parking  
    • Parking outdoor self-service.
    Book your parking with MSC


    Car 4 € 40,00
    Car 7-8 € 95,00
    Car 13 € 145,00
    Car 15 € 165,00
    Suv 4 € 40,00
    Suv 7-8 € 95,00
    Suv 13 € 145,00
    Suv 15 € 165,00
    Minivan 4 €  80,00
    Minivan 7-8 € 190,00
    Minivan 13 € 290,00
    Minivan 15 € 330,00
  • Train

    Santa Lucia Station St. Lucia Railway station is just a short walk from Piazzale Roma (approx.600 metres), where you can take the People Mover train to the Marittima terminal entrance for a modest fare.  
    Società Cooperativa Venezia 1907 provides a luggage transport service in the railway station, which will take your luggage directly to your cruise ship. Designated staff on Platform 1 will collect your labelled luggage (labels are provided with your cruise tickets or alternatively provided by the “Società Cooperativa Venezia 1907) and deliver them to the ship.  MSC Cruises cannot be held responsible for any problems with the service and any complaints should be addressed to the service provider. 

    Venezia-Mestre Station
    The railway station is approximately 10 km from the Cruise Terminal. Taxi service available.
  • Plane

    A taxi service is available to take you from Marco Polo airport to the Stazione Marittima cruise terminal. The journey takes approximately 20 minutes, depending on the traffic.  
    Alternatively, you can take a taxi boat. An MSC shuttle service is also available. 
    Please go to the MSC booth just outside the arrivals hall on your right.


History, gastronomy and fashion
History, gastronomy and fashion

A cruise to Italy is an emotional roller coaster. Rome is a tremendous city quite unlike any other, and in terms of historical sights outstrips everywhere else in the country by some way.
Liguria, the small coastal province along the north-west coast, has long been known as the “Italian Riviera” and is accordingly crowded with sun-seekers for much of the summer.
In Veneto the main focus of interest is, of course, Venice: a unique city, and every bit as beautiful as its reputation would suggest. Tuscany in central Italy represents perhaps the most commonly perceived image of the country, with its classic rolling countryside and the art-packed towns of Florence and Pisa.

The south proper begins with the region of Campania. Its capital, Naples, is a unique, unforgettable city, the spiritual heart of the Italian south. Puglia, the “heel” of Italy, has underrated pleasures, too, notably the landscape of its Gargano peninsula and the souk-like qualities of its capital, Bari.

As for Sicily, the island is really a place apart, with a wide mixture of attractions ranging from some of the finest preserved Hellenistic treasures in Europe, to a couple of Italy’s most appealing Mediterranean beach resorts in Taormina and Cefalù, not to mention some gorgeous upland scenery.

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