Venice cruise

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

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    Reach the port

    Port of Venice

    Learn how to get to the port of Venice and parking information.

    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
      • 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, Suv 4 € 60,00
      Van, Mobile Home 4 € 120,00
      Car, Suv 5 € 75,00
      Van, Mobile Home 5 € 150,00
      Car, Suv 6 € 90,00
      Van, Mobile Home 6 € 180,00
      Car, Suv 7 € 105,00
      Van, Mobile Home 7 € 210,00
      Car, Suv 8 € 105,00
      Van, Mobile Home 8 € 210,00
      Car, Suv 9 € 115,00
      Van, Mobile Home 9 € 230,00
      Car, Suv 10 € 125,00
      Van, Mobile Home 10 € 250,00
      Car, Suv 13 € 155,00
      Van, Mobile Home 13 € 310,00
      Car, Suv 16 € 185,00
      Van, Mobile Home 16 € 370,00
      Car, Suv 20 € 225,00
      Van, Mobile Home 20 € 450,00
    • 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.  

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

      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.