Venice Cruise Port – Our Venice visit
We embarked on our Venice Cruise Port adventure by booking a MSC Cruise through MSC Cruise’s Australian website. We have booked two cruises through this website and have found it very easy to navigate with good telephone support if you have any queries. MSC cruises often have special offers and on one of our cruises we were lucky enough to get a two for one deal.
We arrived in Venice Italy, our departure point for our Eastern Mediterranean Cruise. Exiting the arrivals hall we turned left and followed the covered walkway for 7 minutes until we came to the Alilaguna dock. We took the Orange Line Alilaguna waterbus to San Marco, (nine stops) it was a great way to get a feel for Venice.
Where to stay in Venice.
We walked through Piazza San Marco (Saint Marks Square) down a lane-way and across a bridge to our hotel for the next two nights the Hotel San Gallo. Though Hotel San Gallo’s rooms are small, they were well laid out and beautifully decorated in Venetian style with shuttered windows overlooking the street below.
The Staff were very accommodating, letting us leave our bags there after our cruise while waiting to catch our flight. Hotel San Gallo is within walking distance to many tourist attractions, we found it a great location for exploring.
Advantages…Close to Piazza San Marco and other tourist attractions, close to the San Marco Alilaguna waterbus station, close to a huge array of dining and shopping options, free Wifi.
Be Aware…Being an ancient building, please be aware that Hotel San Gallo has no lift and is unsuitable for people with mobility issues.
Comfort level…Good, clean comfortable room, lovely helpful Staff.
Tourist Attractions for our Venice Cruise Port Cruise.
It was early evening when we entered Piazza San Marco, which was a hive of activity with crowds of tourists.
Nothing can prepare you for the grandeur of St Marks Basillica, the Doges Palace, the Clock Tower or St Marks Campanile (Bell Tower), and the other buildings that enclose this square.
Later in the evening people sat in the Café’s drinking wine and listening to music, each band trying to outshine the next. Crowds of people moved from Café to Café listening to the music and getting caught up in the atmosphere of the night. Free entertainment for those who don’t want to sit in the Cafes.
The next morning was taken up with exploring the backstreets, we stopped for coffee and browsed through the numerous shops selling Venetian Glass, Masks and Art Work. Crossing over bridges, we would stop to watch the Gondola’s pass beneath us as we made our way to the Rialto Bridge and the Grand Canal.
That night we had dinner at the Trattoria-Pizzeria da Giolia choosing a window seat we watched the World go by. After dinner as we chatted with the friendly Staff, who introduced us to the delights of Limoncello a delicious Italian liqueur, a perfect end to an enjoyable night.
The next day we walked to the San Marco Alilaguna dock and took the Blue Line Alilaguna waterbus from San Marco to the Cruise Terminal (3 stops) to begin our Venice Cruise.
We had a lot of fun discovering Venice and we both agree that Venice cruise port is one of the best destinations to visit.
What’s your favourite place to visit in Venice?