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.
*Travel advice for excursions in Venice, from July 24th 2021
In view of the latest decision taken by the Italian Government, please note from July 24th 2021 guests with excursions planned in Venice will disembark in Monfalcone and will then be taken to Venice by protected bus (90 min transfer), where the tours will proceed as planned and under the standard MSC Health & Safety Protocol.

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    Travel advice for cruises departing from Venice, from July 24th 2021

    In view of the latest decision taken by the Italian Government, please note from July 24th 2021 all Health & Safety checks (including health screening, temperature measurement and the antigen swab test) and check-in procedures (including luggage delivery), will regularly be held in Venice Maritime Station (Cruise Terminal), as per original travel programme; all embarking guests will then be transferred by protected bus to Monfalcone (90 min transfer), where they will board the ship after a quick document check. No Health & Safety checks and check-in will be possible in Monfalcone. At disembarkation in Monfalcone at the end of the cruise, guests will be granted the return transfer to Venice (Cruise Terminal/Airport/Railway Station, as per original travel programme).

    Port of Venice & Cruise Terminal:

    VTP (Venezia terminal Passeggeri) See how to get to the port of Venice and parking information.

    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)
      Address: Port of Venice - Cruise Terminal
      • MSC Parking is bookable online up to 48 hours before your cruise departure. Bookings after the 48 hour deadline can be made directly with MSC Parking, and the same reduced rates will be applied when presenting your cruise travel documents
      Book your parking with MSC


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

      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.

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