Venice is undoubtedly one of the most famous cities in the world. It is the highlight of many cruise itineraries and sailing into and out of this wonderful port is sure to leave you with many wonderful memories.
Although at present cruise liners are able to sail right past Piazza San Marco, offering cruise passengers unrivalled stunning views over the city, this could soon be a thing of the past. There have been many protests recently over the damage that large cruise ships sailing up the canal are causing to the fragile foundations of the city.
It is likely that cruise ships will soon be banned from entering the port of Venice through this route and instead be forced to call in at a nearby port and passengers will have to be transported to the heart of the city of Venice, or ships will have to enter into the port via another route. So, if you want to enjoy views of Venice from the upper deck of a cruise ship sailing into or out of the city then you should probably do so soon before cruise ships no longer enjoy this luxury.
Once you reach Venice you will no doubt be caught up in the magic of the city. The stunning architecture is one of my favourite things about the city. The Bridge of Sighs, St. Mark’s Basilica, the Rialto Bridge and the opulent buildings which line the Grand Canal are all absolutely stunning and well worth visiting.
Beyond all the main tourist sights, one of the main things I recommend anyone to do in Venice is to put down the map and simply wander through the maze of streets away from the tourist crowds. You don’t have to worry about getting lost in Venice though – there are signs dotted throughout the city that will steer you back to Piazza San Marco or the Rialto Bridge. It is in the back streets of the city where you will get a charming glimpse of local life in Venice that many tourists simply do not see.
History lovers are bound to fall head over heels for the city of Venice and it’s fascinating, scandalous and enchanting past. Venice was once one of the most important port cities in the world and as such was a prosperous and exciting place for residents to live. A tour of the Doge’s Palace and the jail next to it will enlighten you on many of the details of Venice’s past and give you a glimpse into what it was like to live here at this time.
Venice is one of the most photogenic cities in the world. Everywhere you turn your eyes will rest on something beautiful, whether it’s a gondola gently floating down a canal or an opulent building slightly crumbling due to the force of the waters upon which it rests. This is one port to make sure your camera is fully charged and ready to capture those sights!