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Venice Travel Blog is an extension of our travel-planning Web site, Venice for Visitors, which PC Magazine has called "the premier visitors' site for Venice, Italy." We hope you'll visit often, and we invite you to post your comments about traveling or living in Venice. If you're fond of animals, take a look at our dog blog, Maggie in Venice: A Bearded Collie's Adventures in Italy.

Finally, if you're traveling to Venice for the first time, don't miss our "Introducing Venice" article at Veniceforvisitors.com.

- Durant and Cheryl Imboden


We've expanded our guide to hotels near Venice's cruise piers

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ABOVE: The AC Hotel Venezia by Marriott has an entrance directly on the transportation hub of Piazzale Roma, but its guestrooms face a quiet side street, an attractive interior courtyard, or this traditional Venetian canal.

We're often asked what hotels are most convenient to Venice's cruise port, especially when passengers are traveling with heavy luggage or would like to avoid long walks over multiple footbridges.

The answer is "It depends." Venice has two sets of cruise terminals:

  • Marittima is the main cruise basin. It serves all larger ships, such as those of Costa, MSC, Norwegian, and Royal Caribbean. Depending on how busy the port is, it also may be used for small and medium-size vessels.

  • San Basilio and its neighboring pier of Santa Marta are used by small ships, the occasional mid-size ship, river vessels (such as Uniworld's River Countess and CroisiEurope's Michelangelo), and hydrofoils to Croatia.

If your ship departs or arrives at Marittima, you'll probably want to stay on or near the Piazzale Roma, which is the land-transportation hub for Venice with airport buses, taxis, and the People Mover automated tram to both the Marittima cruise basin and the Tronchetto parking garages.

If your ship departs or arrives at San Basilio or Santa Marta, you may want to stay in the vicinity of those piers.

For current listings of hotels near Marittima and San Basilio/Santa Marta, we recommend looking at "17 Hotels Closest to Cruise Ships" guide on our main Venice for Visitors site. This newly-expanded guide describes 10 hotels that are extremely close to Marittima plus seven that are within easy walking distance of San Basilio and Santa Marta.

Each listing includes a photo, a link to the hotel's individual map and directions page at VeniceHotelDirections.com, and guest ratings from Booking.com.

The article also has Piazzale Roma and San Basilio maps that show the locations of all 17 hotels.

As a bonus, you'll find a secondary page with nine more hotels that are worth considering if you don't mind a slightly longer walk.

To get started, see:

For even more Venice cruise information, go to:

BELOW: The Hotel San Sebastiano Garden is a short walk from the San Basilio cruise terminal.

Hotel San Sebastiano Garden, Venice


'Keep Calm Point' has a new name and owner

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ABOVE: Nicola Brusò's Keep Calm Point (shown here, downhill from the Venezia Santa Lucia Railroad Station's side exit) is no longer in business, but a new owner has taken over the space.

Updated March, 2019

Keep Calm Point, a privately-owned Deposito Bagagli office and souvenir shop next to Venice's Santa Lucia Railroad Station, closed its doors on January 1, 2019.

Still, there's some good news: Luggage storage is still available at the same location, under new management, with fees in 2019 of 6 euros for a carry-on bag and  8 euros for a larger suitcase. Depending on how long you plan to leave your bag, this could be cheaper than the official Deposito Bagagli office inside the station near Track 1. (One thing to keep in mind, though: The station's baggage office is open until 11 p.m., compared to only 7 p.m. for the alternative featured here.)

Here's what to look for as you come out the station's side exit and walk down the gently sloping pavement toward the water:

Venice luggage storage by Venezia Santa Lucia railroad station

For more storage options in Venice (including the Piazzale Roma, Marco Polo Airport, and other locations), see our comprehensive Luggage Storage in Venice article at Veniceforvisitors.com or our guide to Luggage Lockers in Venice at the same site.


"Venice Secrets" exhibition covers the darker side of Venetian history

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ABOVE: The history of Venice (like the history of humanity in general) isn't always pretty, and Venice Secrets will show you how the Venetian Republic "applied justice, in a severe manner with certain and sometimes cruel punishments."


  • 2019 Update: As of January, 2019, the Venice Secrets exhibition was still going (despite the information on its Web site) so check it out if you're in the neighborhood and the exhibition's subject matter interest you.

From March 31 through May 1, 2018, a major exhibition titled Venice Secrets will allow locals and visitors "to get to know the cruellest and gory side of the Venetian Republic" over the centuries.

The official press release states:

"On 31 March 2018, Palazzo Zaguri opens the “Venice Secrets, Crime and Justice” exhibition to the public.

"An exhibition which recounts the history of Venice through torture, death penalty and inquisition themes, with unique items and suggestive reconstructions, debunking myths and false myths about one of the most long-lived historical realities within the European scenario.

"The display circuit, structured in four sections and 36 showcasing rooms (first section: Justice and torture; second section: Prisons and prisoners; third section: The capital executions rite; fourth section: Inquisition and Holy Office), offers the opportunity of viewing hundreds of torture instruments and over 60 original documents exhibited to the world for the first time, talking of a dark Venice and its dramas, such as the case of Doge Francesco Foscari, the tragic end of Carmagnola and Giacomo Casanova’s prison stint.

"Each showcase room features the narration of a story, but also of the secrets of the magistrate benches which made up the structure of the State. Ample space is dedicated to the Holy Office through several examples, from the clash between the Republic of Venice and the Holy See, to the figures of Giordano Bruno and Paolo Sarpi."

Admission prices are:

  • Adult €16€
  • Disabled persons, students, teachers, over 65, child 6-14, €12
  • Child under 6 or disabled person's assistant, free
  • Group €12 per person (minimum 10 people)

For more information, including directions and a map to the Palazzo Zaguri, see the Venice Secrets Crime & Justice Exhibition Web site at venicesecrets.net.


BELOW: The Venice Secrets exhibition is in the Palazzo Zaguri on the Campo San Maurizio, within walking distance of the Piazza San Marco.

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Images courtesy of Venice Secrets Crime & Justice Exhibition.