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SUPERYACHT FACILITIES Marina Santelena enjoys a secluded location but is just a few minutes’ walk from Piazza San Marco. Welcoming maxi yachts to the heart of Venice If The Louvre had waterways, we could say that mooring up at Marina Santelena is like berthing in front of the Mona Lisa. Before Santelena opened, Darsena was the only superyacht mooring spot in the historic centre of Venice. The new marina has all the credentials to offer yacht owners top berths - and so much more. Donatella Zucca reports Marina Santelena is a few minutes’ walk from Piazza San Marco and in the centre of a golden triangle that comprises the Arsenal (a shipbuilding icon that dates back to the 12 th century), the Biennale (renowned for its international art exhibition) and Lido Island (home of the Venice Film Festival). In a world where marina developments always come up against obstacles, obtaining permission to build in such a location was an extraordinary privilege. Venice is, after all, as much a work of art as the masterpieces it houses. Choice location Before the Costantini family opened Marina Santelena in 2013, yachts wishing to moor up in the centre of Venice had to rely on quayside mooring bollards and inadequate facilities despite the best – and not always popular – efforts of Venice Passenger Terminal’s Venice Yacht Pier. But whilst the Yacht Pier struggles against dissent from the Venetians, Santelena seems blessed. Partly, this is due to precise location; it sits away from the tourist flow and major attractions, is better hidden from prying eyes and is open to the lagoon, surrounded by gardens and the Biennale Park. Entry and exit is thus easy to control and customers enjoy a reasonable level of seclusion. Marina Santelena offers over 150 berths of 10 to 60m at Ingemar floating pontoons, has Plus Marine dockside pedestals delivering water and electricity up to 600A, and full WiFi coverage. The outer edge of a 500m long, 5m wide breakwater is arranged to accommodate vessels from 80m to 100m and above. Fuel is available from nearby stations at Tronchetto, Venezia Lido and Castello but fuel barges can also be brought into the marina. Temporary toilet facilities will be replaced by the summer with permanent amenities that will also house showers, an office and lounge bar. As the area - which was once an island - has a village, it enjoys a good range of shops, supermarket, pharmacy etc., and is adjacent to an historic church from which the marina derives its name. It is also an area that is increasingly favoured by pleasure boaters and even the Stefano Costantini neighbouring private dock of the Diporto Velico Veneziano now offers berthing to transients. At Marina Santelena docking assistance is given, a ‘boat and breakfast’ service offered to crew, and discounts given, by special agreement, for the best hotels and luxury shops in Venice. Superyacht hub Although not complete in terms of commercial and residential buildings and seeming to offer little in comparison with many superyacht marinas, Santelena is the only organised basin for yachts and maxi yachts in the heart of the city. It is also already a hub for events such as the Venice Yacht Challenger Trophy and has other regatta plans. The management and service providers were involved at Marina Marina Fiorita, also owned by the Costantini family, is connected to Marina Santelena by shuttle and offers Santelena customers use of its facilities and car park. - March/April 2015 25

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