Venice - Central

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Venice - Central
Port of Entry
45°26.31′N, 12°19.7′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.

Click on link for map of Venice Central: yacht berths

Charts

British Admiralty
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Italian charts
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Weather

During the summer months the prevailing winds in the Adriatic are light to moderate coastal seabreezes. 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 (computerised 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).

Passages

List popular passages/routes, timing, etc.

Islands

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:

Communication

Also see World Cruiser's Nets


Navigation

Approach to Venice Central is via the Porto di Lido World icon.png 45°25.18′N, 12°26′E. The 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.


Entrance

Venice is a port of entry/exit to Italy.

For entrance details see Italy.

Berthing

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.

Marina Santelena World icon.png 45°25.74′N, 12°21.85′E

Marina Santelena lies on the E side of the island of Sant’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 4.5 metres. Click on link for full details.

Vento di Venezia World icon.png 45°25.88′N, 12°22.03′E

Vento di Venezia lies at the W end of the island of La Certosa, which is situated 200 metres NE of the island of Sant’Elena at the easternmost extremity of the city of Venice. It has 300 berths for yachts up to 25 metres, although the access channel to reach it is shallow (2.5 metres at half tide) and the maximum depths at the berths are 3.0 metres. Click on link for full details.

Venezia San Giorgio World icon.png 45°25.81′N, 12°20.82′E

Venezia San Giorgio is situated at the N end of the island of San Giorgio Maggiore. The berths here are all under the management of a private club, the Compagnia della Vela Venezia. The basin has 70 berths for yachts up to 15 metres in depths of 2.4 metres. Click on link for full details.

Venice Yacht Pier World icon.png 45°25.81′N, 12°20.82′E

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. Click on link for full details.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

See above.

Anchorages

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.

Yacht Repairs and Services

List services. If no services are available on the island write "None" and remove all the subsections (Marine Stores, & Repairs/Yards, & Fuel, Water, & Electricity.

Marine Stores

Submit addresses and contact details of marine related businesses that are of interest to cruisers.

Repairs/Yards

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Fuel
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Water
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Electricity
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Things to do Ashore

Tourism

See entry for Venice.

Grocery & Supply Stores

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

Eateries

Numerous bars and restaurants in central Venice.

Internet/WiFi

See individual entries for details.

Laundry

Motorbike & Car Rentals

None.

Garbage Disposal

Bins at most of the basins and the marinas.

Transportation

  • 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

Friends

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

Forums

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

Links

References & Publications

See Italy.

Comments

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