It's astonishing how tiny Venice looks, even in its own lagoon, if you arrive by air and are sitting on the right side of the plane.
By Sea Smaller vessels and hydrofoils call at San Basilio on the west end of the Zattere. Cruise ships now call at the new terminal in Marghera, linked by train every 15 minutes; a taxi takes about 10 minutes to Piazzale Roma. Small ferries and ship (under 25,000 tonnes) may also call at the Stazione Marritima.
By rail The train will take you straight to Venice's doorstep, Stazione Santa Lucia.
Image by Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls