Cruises to Venice

Visit Venice, Italy’s floating city

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Venice and The Adriatic

CHOICE OF CAR PARKING, ON BOARD SPEND OR COACH TRANSFERS*, EARN EXCLUSIVE CRUISE MILES, NO-FLY CRUISING, FANTASTIC DESTINATIONS*

20 September 2019 | 19 Nights
Cunard : Queen Victoria

Itinerary
Southampton, Cartagena,Spain, Corfu, Greece, Dubrovnik, Croatia, Hvar, Venice, Italy, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy, Gibraltar, Southampton ...Read More

FREE DRINKS & GRATUITIES
from £3,699pp
Cabin type: Outside

Discovering the Adriatic & Dalmatian Coast

REDEEM YOUR CRUISE MILES FOR EXCLUSIVE SAVINGS*, CHOOSE FROM: FREE ALL-INCLUSIVE DRINKS PACKAGE & GRATUITIES OR 3 CRUISES FOR THE PRICE OF 2*, EXCLUSIVE FREE ON BOARD SPEND*

13 April 2019 | 28 Nights
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines : Black Watch

Itinerary
Liverpool, Cadiz, Spain, Palma, Majorca, Spain, Kerkira, Corfu, Kotor, Montenegro, Venice, Italy, Koper, Slovenia, Split, Croatia, Dubrovnik, Croatia, Valletta, Malta, Mahon, Menorca, Malaga, Spain,… ...Read More

ALL-INCLUSIVE RIVER CRUISING
from £1,889pp
Cabin type: Outside

Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy

INCREDIBLE SAVINGS*, SHORE EXCURSIONS INCLUDED*, DRINKS & GRATUITIES INCLUDED*, ULTRA-LUXURY ALL-INCLUSIVE RIVER CRUISING*

16 June 2019 | 7 Nights
Uniworld River Cruises : River Countess

Itinerary
Venice, Chioggia, Venice Island (Burano, Mazzorbo & Torcello), Venice ...Read More


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A must-see city


Stunning architecture, a rich musical heritage and awe-inspiring cityscapes – these are just some of the things Italy’s floating city has to offer.

St Mark's Basilica

St Mark's Basilica

Bridge of Sighs, Venice

Bridge of Sighs, Venice

Venetian gondolas

Venetian gondolas

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

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1. Marvel at the Basilica di San Marco


Dating back to the eleventh century, the spectacular Basilica di San Marco is a wonderful example of Italo-Byzantine architecture. Step inside and you can't help but gasp in wonder at the magnificent marble floors and the glittering mosaics that cover the walls and ceilings of this 'Chiesa d’Oro’ (Church of Gold). The square the basilica dominates also features plenty of sights worth seeing, including Doge’s Palace (see tip 4), the iconic Torre dell'Orologio (Clock Tower) and the Museo Correr (Correr Museum).


2. Celebrate the city’s rich musical heritage


When in Venice, be sure to visit the beautiful Teatro La Fenice. This historically important theatre hosted world premieres of numerous operas throughout the nineteenth century – Rossini’s Tancredi, Bellini’s Beatrice di Tenda and Verdi’s La traviata, to name but a few. The great Baroque composer Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was born in Venice – with its 98-member orchestra, 66-person opera chorus, amazing acoustics and stunning interior, Teatro La Fenice is the best place to catch a performance of his work.


3. Ride in a gondola down The Grand Canal


No visit to Venice would be complete without an enchanting trip along The Grand Canal in a gondola, the flat-bottomed rowing boat that’s become an instantly recognisable symbol of the city. Stretching to 3.8km long, there’s plenty to see along the banks of the Grand Canal – around 170 buildings in fact, including the Palazzi Pesaro, Ca’ d’Oro and the Ca’ Rezzonico.


4. Admire the Doge’s Palace


Once home to the Doge of Venice (the supreme authority of the former Republic of Venice), Doge’s Palace is a stunning and ornate example of Gothic architecture featuring grand staircases, gilded ceilings and frescoed walls throughout. Today, the Palace operates as one of the city’s most popular museums. Be sure to cross the famous Bridge of Sighs. The Bridge connects the interrogation rooms in the Palace to the Prigioni Nuove (New Prison). The name ‘Bridge of Sighs’ comes from the idea that convicts would sigh in awe at the beauty of the city as they saw it from the Bridge one last time before imprisonment.


5. Enjoy Venetian cuisine


If you love seafood, Venice is the ideal destination for you. Seafood is the city’s speciality and there are plenty of local dishes worth trying. A tasty traditional Venetian starter is sarde in saor, fried fresh sardine fillets marinated in softly cooked white onions. To follow, try bigoli, a thick and coarse spaghetti usually seasoned with a fish or game sauce.
For dessert, feast on a real Italian tiramisu – the coffee-flavoured cake is said to have originated from the Veneto region.

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