Venezia Santa Lucia railway station

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Venezia Santa Lucia
Railway Station
Venezia Santa Lucia Train Station R01.jpg
Venezia Santa Lucia railway station
Location Fondamenta Santa Lucia, 30121, Venice, Veneto
Italy
Coordinates 45°26′27″N 12°19′15″E / 45.44083°N 12.32083°E / 45.44083; 12.32083Coordinates: 45°26′27″N 12°19′15″E / 45.44083°N 12.32083°E / 45.44083; 12.32083
Owned by Rete Ferroviaria Italiana
Operated by Grandi Stazioni (Station)
Trenitalia (Train services)
Line(s) Milan–Venice railway
Venice–Trieste railway
Venice–Udine railway
Trento–Venice railway
Platforms 16
Other information
Classification Platinum[1]
History
Opened 1861; 155 years ago (1861)
Location
Venezia Santa Lucia is located in Northern Italy
Venezia Santa Lucia
Venezia Santa Lucia
Venezia Santa Lucia (Northern Italy)
View from the North West.

Venezia Santa Lucia (Italian: Stazione di Venezia Santa Lucia) is the central station of Venice, northeast of Italy. It is a terminus and located at the northern edge of Venice's historic city (Italian: Centro storico). On the same island as the station, there are three light rail stations of the Venice People Mover network.

The station is one of Venice's two most important railway stations; the other one is Venezia Mestre, a mainline junction station on Venice's mainland district of Mestre. Both Santa-Lucia and Mestre stations are managed by Grandi Stazioni and they are connected to each other by Ponte della Libertà (English: Liberty Bridge).

Location[edit]

Venezia Santa Lucia is located in Cannaregio district, the northernmost of the six historic sestieri (districts) of Venice's historic city. It is situated on the northernmost island and near the western end of the Grand Canal. The station lies at the 267 kilometres (166 mi) mark of the Milan–Venice railway.

A bridge over the Grand Canal, the Ponte degli Scalzi (or Ponte dei Scalzi) (English: Bridge of the Barefoot [Monks]), links the concourse in front of the station with the sestiere of Santa Croce.

Venice's historic city had access only by river boats or railway until 2008. Since then, a terminal has been built for road transport with car parks and bus stations. Santa Lucia station concourse has also been connected to Piazzale Roma by light rail over Ponte della Costituzione (English: Constitution Bridge).

History[edit]

Steam train from Santa Lucia to Bassano del Grappa, August 1973.
An Italo train at the station.
An Intercity Notte train arriving at the station.

Construction of Santa Lucia railway station began in 1860 under the Austrian Empire. In order to make room for both the station building and its forecourt, a convent and the Church of Santa Lucia were demolished in 1861. The station in turn took up the name of this church.

The current station building is one of the few modernist buildings facing the Grand Canal. It is the result of a series of plans started up by the rationalist architect Angiolo Mazzoni in 1924 and developed by him over the next decade.

In 1934, a contest for a detailed design for the current station was won by Virgilio Vallot. Between 1936 and 1943, Mazzoni and Vallot collaborated on the construction of the station building; Mazzoni also designed the train hall. The final implementation, however, was undertaken only after the Second World War. In 1952, the station was completed on a design which had been developed by another architect, Paul Perilli.[2]

In November 2009, work began on the renovation of Santa Lucia station. The renovation programme would include improvements to the use of spaces and the flow of internal transit. In addition, certain architectural elements would be recovered and restored; the atrium would be altered to house several retail spaces. This project was completed in 2012 with a cost of 24 million euros.[3][4]

Features[edit]

As the current station building is low and wide, it does not dominate its surroundings. The flanks of its façade are decorated with Venetian lions. Behind the façade, there is a sizeable main hall with ticketing facilities, shops, offices and luggage storage facilities. The main hall also leads to the station's 16 platforms.

Train services[edit]

The station is served by the following services:

High-speed

  • High-speed train (Trenitalia Frecciarossa) Venice-Salerno: Venice - Padua - Bologna - Florence - Rome - Naples - Salerno
  • High-speed train (Italo NTV) Venice-Naples: Venice - Padua - Bologna - Florence - Rome - Naples
  • High-speed train (Trenitalia Frecciarossa) Milan-Venice: Venice - Padua - Vicenza - Verona - Peschiera del Garda - Brescia - Milan
  • High-speed train (Trenitalia Frecciarossa) Venice-Rome: Venice - Padua - Bologna - Florence - Rome
  • High-speed train (Trenitalia Frecciargento) Venice-Rome Airport: Venice - Padua - Ferrara - Bologna - Florence - Rome - Rome-Fiumicino "Leonard da Vinci" Airport
  • High-speed train (Trenitalia Frecciargento) Venice-Naples: Venice- Padua - Ferrara - Bologna - Florence - Rome - Naples
  • High-speed train (Trenitalia Frecciabianca) Turin-Venice: Venice - Padua - Vicenza - Verona - Peschiera del Garda - Brescia - Milan - Novara - Vercelli - Turin
  • High-speed train (Trenitalia Frecciabianca) Lecce-Venice: Lecce - Brindisi - Bari - Foggia - Termoli - Pescara - Ancona - Pesaro - Rimini - Bologna - Ferrara - Rovigo - Padua - Venice
  • Night train (Trenitalia Intercity Notte) Trieste-Rome: Trieste/Triest - Gorizia/Görz - Udine - Trevisio - Venice (Santa Lucia) - Venice (Mestre) - Padua - Monselice - Rovigo - Ferrara - Bologna - Arezzo - Chiusi-Chiciano Terme - Rome

Domestic

  • Regional train (Trenitalia Regional Express) Venice-Bologna: Venice - Padua - Monselice - Rovigo - Ferrara - Bologna
  • Regional train (Trenitalia Regional Express) Venice-Verona: Venice - Padua - Vicenza - San Bonifacio - Verona
  • Regional train (Trenitalia Regional) Venice-Verona: Venice - Mira Mirano - Padua - Grisignano di Zocco - Vicenza - San Bonifacio - Verona
  • Regional train (Trenitalia Regional) Venice-Udine: Venice - Treviso - Udine
  • Regional train (Trenitalia Regional) Venice-Conegliano: Venice - Terviso - Conegliano
  • Regional train (Trenitalia Regional) Venice-Portogruaro Carole: Venice - Medolo - San Donà di Piave - Portogruaro Carole
  • Regional train (Trenitalia Regional) Venice-Trieste: Venice - Portogruaro Carole - Monfalcone - Trieste/Triest
  • Regional train (Trenitalia Regional) Venice-Trieste via Gorizia: Venice - Treviso - Udine - Gorizia/Görz - Trieste/Triest
  • Regional train (Trenitalia Regional) Venice-Adria: Venice - Piove di Sacco - Adria
  • Regional train (Trenitalia Regional) Venice-Rovigo/Ferrara: Venice - Padua - Monselice - Rovigo - Ferrara
  • Regional train (Trenitalia Regional) Venice-Bassano del Grappa: Venice - Piombino Dese - Castelfranco Veneto - Bassano del Grappa

Cross-border

(D for Germany, A for Austria, F for France, CH for Switzerland, GB for United Kingdom)

On 11 December 2016, all ÖBB EuroNight services will be rebranded as "Nightjet".

  • Intercity train (ÖBB Eurocity) Venice-Vienna: Venice - Treviso - Udine - Tarvisio - Villach (A) - Klagenfurt (A) - Leoben (A) - Bruck (A) - Wiener Neustadt (A) - Vienna (A)
  • Intercity train (SBB CFF FFS Eurocity) Geneva-Venice: Geneva/Genf (CH) - Lausanne (CH) - Montreux (CH) - Sion (CH) - Brig (CH) - Domodossola - Gallarate - Milan - Brescia - Peschiera del Garda - Verona - Padua - Venice
  • Night train (ÖBB EuroNight) Vienna-Venice: Vienna (A) - Wiener Neustadt (A) - Sankt-Pölten (A) - Linz (A) - Salzburg (A) - Villach (A) - Udine - Conegliano - Treviso - Venice
  • Night train (DB CityNightLine) Munich-Venice: Munich (D) - Tarvisio - Udine - Conegliano - Treviso - Venice
  • Night train (Thello EuroNight) Paris-Venice: Paris (F) - Dijon (F) - Milan - Brescia - Verona - Vicenza - Padua - Venice
  • Tourist train (Venice-Simplon Orient Express) Venice-London: Venice - Verona - Innsbruck (A) - Paris (East) (F) - London (Victoria) (GB)
Preceding station   Trenitalia   Following station
toward Salerno
Frecciarossa Terminus
Frecciargento Terminus
Frecciargento Terminus
Frecciabianca Terminus
toward Lecce
Frecciabianca Terminus
toward Munich Hbf
EuroCity Terminus
EuroCity Terminus
toward Wien Hbf
EuroCity Terminus
toward Munich
EuroNight Terminus
toward Wien Hbf
EuroNight Terminus
toward Roma Termini
Intercity Notte
Treno regionale Terminus
Treno regionale Terminus
Treno regionale
via Portogruaro
Terminus
Treno regionale
via Udine
Terminus
toward Ferrara
Treno regionale Terminus
Treno regionale Terminus
Treno regionale
via Udine
Terminus
Treno regionale Terminus
Treno regionale Terminus
Preceding station   Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori   Following station
toward Salerno
Italo Terminus
Preceding station   Thello   Following station
Thello Terminus
Preceding station   Venice-Simplon Orient Express   Following station
toward London
Venice-Simplon Orient Express Terminus
Preceding station   Sistemi Territoriali   Following station
toward Adria
Treno regionale Terminus

Traffic[edit]

The station is used by about 82,000 passengers per day, or a total of around 30 million passengers per annum.[2]

Every day, approximately 450 trains stop at the station.[2] Long-distance trains use the central platforms, and the regional and suburban platforms are located to the west.

The station is the terminus of several famous trains, including the Venice Simplon Orient Express.

Interchange[edit]

Overview[edit]

The station is connected with the rest of Venice by the Vaporetto (public water bus) or private water taxi boats. The nearby Piazzale Roma is the departure point for all car services and taxis for the mainland.

Vaporetto lines in the transit station[edit]

The stop (dock) is called Ferrovia and is served by eight ACTV Vaporetto lines:

  • 1 P.le Roma - Ferrovia - Rialto - San Marco - Lido
  • 2 San Zaccaria - Giudecca - Tronchetto - P.le Roma - Ferrovia - Rialto - San Marco - (Lido)
  • 4.1 Murano - F.te Nove - Ferrovia - P.le Roma - Giudecca - San Zaccaria - F.te Nove - Murano
  • 4.2 Murano - F.te Nove - San Zaccaria - Giudecca - P.le Roma - Ferrovia - F.te Nove - Murano
  • 5.1 Lido - F.te Nove - Ferrovia - P.le Roma - San Zaccaria - Lido
  • 5.2 Lido - San Zaccaria - P.le Roma - Ferrovia - F.te Nove - Lido
  • DM Murano - Ferrovia - P.le Roma - Tronchetto
  • N San Zaccaria - Giudecca - Tronchetto - P.le Roma - Ferrovia - Rialto - San Marco - Lido (night line)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ List of Italian stations and categories
  2. ^ a b c "Venezia S. Lucia". Grandi Stazioni official website. Grandi Stazioni. Retrieved 8 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Venezia S. Lucia - New project". Grandi Stazioni official website. Grandi Stazioni. Retrieved 8 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "Al via i lavori di restyling della stazione ferroviaria di Santa Lucia." [Work begins on the restyling of Santa Lucia station.]. Comune Venezia official website (in Italian). Comune Venezia. Retrieved 8 October 2010. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Venezia Santa Lucia at Wikimedia Commons