Riva San Biagio ( Yacht Pier)

Fabbricato 17, Punto Franco, Santa Marta, 30123 Venezia, Italy

GPS: 45°25’58.0″N 12°20’55.5″E / 45.432780, 12.348739

Riva San Biagio is the most prestigious Venice Yacht Charter mooring. In a few minutes you can reach Piazza San Marco and gardens each year hosting the Biennale. This spring is the most exclusive and intimate therefore separated by two bridges, it is ideal for tying two vessels of 45 meters in length. San Biagio is a good starting point to visit Venice and enjoy an unforgettable vacation in the basin of San Marcos. The location and size of this port, only 96 meters, making it one of the major marinas, so we recommend booking in advance.

The berths of Riva San Biagio are in front of the naval museum at Arsenale, and a 10 minute walk from Piazza San Marco. The berths are alongside and occupy a 96 metre stretch of quay. Depths at the quay are 9.5 metres. Water by barge. No other facilities. All the berths of Venice Yacht Pier are located to starboard along the Canale della Guidecca.

All the berths of Venice Yacht Pier are very busy during the season and advance booking is essential. Yachts of over 24 metres are recommended to use a yacht agent (Venice Yacht Pier maintains a list of recommended agents). In practice, the berths are mainly used by superyachts, for whom money is generally no object.


Access is via the Porto di Lido, the principal (and busiest) entrance to the lagoon. 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. Beware of cross-currents. Once through the entrance, follow the channel, which is marked with posts, as it curves S then N for about 3.0 miles, leaving the islands of La Certosa and Sant’Elena to starboard. You are now in the Canale della Guidecca.


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