Venice - Central

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Venice - Central
Port of Entry
45°26.310'N, 012°19.700'E Chart icon.png
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Piazza San Marco, the most famous view in Venice

Central Venice is arguably the one of the most difficult places in the lagoon to find a berth during high season. However, with careful planning and advance notice, it is usually possible to find a suitable berth at one of the four locations described below or even (with local help) in one of the numerous small basins and boatyards dotted around the outer edges of the central island of Venice.


British Admiralty
Italian charts


During the summer months, the prevailing winds in the Adriatic are light to moderate coastal sea breezes. In spring and autumn, northerly winds are more frequent and can quickly rise to near gale force, especially in the northern Adriatic, where the much-feared “bora” is caused by high pressure over the mountains to the NE coupled with low pressure over southern Italy. Fortunately, the fiercest “bora” is normally to be expected in the winter months. Thunderstorms are occasionally experienced in spring and especially autumn and can be accompanied by violent winds of gale force and above. Luckily they are rarely long-lasting. Fog is a further hazard often encountered in the lagoon of Venice, especially in the early and late season.

Sources for weather information:

  • There is a continuous (computerized voice) weather forecast on VHF 68 - first in Italian and then followed with an English translation.
  • The same forecast is given in Italian and English on VHF coastal stations following a notification on channel 16.
  • Navtex weather forecasts covering the Adriatic are broadcast from stations at Roma, Trieste, Kerkyra (Greece) and Split (Croatia).


See Mediterranean.


There are a total of 117 small islands in the lagoon, some inhabited but many of them little more than extensive mudbanks. The principal inhabited islands are as follows:


Also see World Cruiser's Nets

Also see Cruiser's Nets


Approach to Venice Central is via Porto di Lido/wiki/Venice_-_Central#Porto_di_LidoWorld icon.png Porto di Lido [[Venice - Central#Porto di Lido|Porto di Lido]] 45°25.180'N, 012°26.000'E . Porto di Lido is the principal (and busiest) entrance to the lagoon, giving the most direct access to the centre of Venice. As the deepest channel with depths of over 10 metres, it is also the one used by ferries and large commercial vessels. The ends of the N and S breakwaters are identifiable by conspicuous black and white and red and white painted structures. A fairway beacon is situated around 2.5 miles SE of the entrance, from where a course of 300 degrees brings you safely through the entrance. The safe channel is also indicated by port and starboard markers. The channel is dredged to over 10.0 metres. Entry is best around slack water, since the tides can reach 4.0 knots at springs.


Venice - Central is a port of entry for Italy. For details see Entrance: Italy.


Yachts visiting central Venice have four principal berthing options: two on the islands of Sant’Elena and Certosa at the E end of Venice, one on the N side of the island of San Giorgio Maggiore opposite the Piazza San Marco and the range of large yacht berths operated by the agency of Venice Yacht Pier along the Canale La Guidecca.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Marina Santelena

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Is on the E side of the island of Santa Elena at the easternmost extremity of the city of Venice, close to the Porto di Lido, the main entrance to the lagoon. It offers has 561 berths for yachts up to 40 metres in maximum depths of 4.5 metres.

Diporto Velico Veneziano

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Is on the E side of the island of Santa Elena at the easternmost extremity of the city of Venice, close to the Porto di Lido, the main entrance to the lagoon. It offers has 230 berths for yachts up to 15 metres in maximum depths of 3.5 metres.

Vento di Venezia

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Venezia San Giorgio

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Has 70 berths for yachts up to 15 metres.

Venice Yacht Pier

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Venice Yacht Pier is essentially a booking agency - principally geared to superyachts - which operates a total of five different berthing locations on the Canale della Guidecca along the S side of the main island of Venice. The berths are suitable for yachts up to 100 metres.


Port regulations prohibit anchoring anywhere in the lagoon of Venice, owing to the large number of electrical and other cables criss-crossing the lagoon bed.


Water In Marina Santelena, Diporto Velico Veneziano, Vento di Venezia
Electricity In Marina Santelena, Diporto Velico Veneziano, Vento di Venezia
Toilets In Marina Santelena, Diporto Velico Veneziano, Vento di Venezia, Venezia San Giorgio
Showers In Marina Santelena, Diporto Velico Veneziano, Vento di Venezia, Venezia San Giorgio
Laundry In Marina Santelena (can be arranged), Vento di Venezia
Garbage Bins at most of the basins and the marinas
Fuel N/A (Not Available)
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers In Vento di Venezia
Internet WiFi Vento di Venezia, Venezia San Giorgio
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals N/A


Provisions shops within reasonable walking distance of most berths except Venezia San Giorgio (ferry to centre needed).

Eating out


  • Marco Polo airport just N of Mestre has flights to most international destinations
  • Budget flights also from Treviso airport (30 kms)
  • Airport buses and hydrofoil to Venice
  • Trains to Rome, Milan, Florence and Padua and several European capitals
  • Ferries to several destinations in Greek islands and Croatia
  • Vaporetti (water buses) serving Venice and outlying islands
  • Venice People Mover public transit system connecting Tronchetto and Piazzale Roma


See entry for Venice.


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)



See Italy.


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