One of the most romantic cities in the world Venice is primarily dependent on the water that intertwines throughout the town for transportation. You could easily spend days on end just sightseeing courtesy of a gondola. This is the only city in the world built entirely on water. As you look around youll quickly notice an abundance of gondolas but no cars! Filled with nightlife Venice is famous for its masquerade parties. Take time to attend local festivals including the Venice Film Festival and the everpopular Carnival Masquerade Ball. While youre there be sure to visit St. Mark’s Square the hub of the city.
St. Mark’s Square
Early in the morning St. Mark’s Square is completely empty with the exception of those who clean this majestic wonder. Even then in the quiet of the dawn it is an awe inspiring place to visit. An open air square set before ancient domed architecture topped with numerous spires St. Mark’s Square is positioned on the Grand Canal by a gondola pier “molo”. Its majestic Campanile watchtower takes center stage with a height of 314 feet. With the quiet crashing of the waves and the beautiful scenery you could simply sit and stare for hours.
However once the crowds rush in the square is filled with sightseers who wander about eat and feed the famous pigeons. But don’t be content to sit outside in the square. Take the time to explore some of the buildings.
Basilica di San Marco
Best viewed early in the day before the lines become too exasperating Basilica di San Marco also known as St. Mark’s Cathedral is simply stunning. Those visiting via cruise ship are advised to book the earliest tour possible at your excursion desk. Cruise lines including Royal Caribbean offer a variety of tours departing at different times.
The exterior alone is exceptional but the interior is not to be missed. With over 39000 feet of gold mosaics and artworks by Italian masters Titian and Bellini this church is spectacular.
Of course no trip to Venice is complete without a romantic gondola ride. Check with your tour guide or the excursion desk of your cruise ship for details. Royal Caribbean among others offers day and evening gondola rides. These narrow hand painted boats maneuver through the canals giving you a private tour of Venice up close and personal. If you’re lucky you’ll also have the pleasure of a serenade!
Carnival Masquerade Ball
After a day of sightseeing you might choose a change of pace. Get dressed to the nines and participate in one of Venice’s most celebrated events: Carnival! Held in mid February each year many cruise lines put on their own versions of Carnival. If you’re visiting Venice in wintertime get in on the real thing. Otherwise flirt with your neighbor onboard ship for an equally good time!
Curious fun enchanting and awe inspiring Venice is a city most never forget once they’ve experienced its wonder. When making your plans to visit splurge! Take in as many of the sights as time allows. You’ll cherish these memories forever!