The city of Venice sits at the top of the Adriatic Sea in the north east corner of Italy. Spanning 118 islands across the salt marsh of the Venetian Lagoon, Venice is known for its canals and alleyways that weave throughout the city. In the 12th century, Venice became a city state and its location made it a key naval and commercial centre as well as a flourishing hub for artists. Today Venice is a stunning city of museums, galleries, piazzas, palaces, churches and more.

Venice cruises dock at the Maritima Port which is within walking distance of Piazzoli Roma.

Sights to See

Spending just one day in Venice really isn't enough and once here you probably won't want to leave. First-time visitors to Venice should try and see as much as they can, from St Mark's Basilica to Doge's Palace, the Rialto Bridge and the Gallerie dell'Accademia which houses some of Italy's finest art treasures. When you need to rest your feet, sit back on an iconic gondola ride down one of the city's numerous canals. Want to see it all? Take a tour of Venice…

What's for Lunch

Make yourself at home at one of the cafes overlooking the Grand Canal in the Rialto district and order the special of the day for a tasty adventure. Need something to wash it down with? Head to Harry's Bar in Calle Vallaresso which is the famous home of the Bellini cocktail.

If you see only one thing...

The Piazza San Marco, also known as St Mark's Square, is the beating heart of Venice and an occasional wading pool when the city walls flood.

Local speak

When receiving directions in Venice, a rio refers to a small canal and a fondamenta is the name for a street that runs alongside a canal.


In spirit of the city's famous carnival, bring home one of Venice's unique and decorative masks.