Boats travelling down the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy
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Cruise from Venice, Italy

Sip a cappuccino in a Piazza San Marco coffee bar before setting out on foot. Walk past Palazzo Ducale’s pink marble colonnades, and marvel at I Frari church’s gothic altarpiece. Snap a photo of the Grand Canal’s gondola traffic while walking across the Rialto Bridge. Take the waterbus to Lido island for beachside scenery— or discover the fabulous mosaics atop Loggia dei Cavalli.
National Language Italian
Currency Accepted Euro (EUR)
 

BRIDGE TO THE SEA 

Visit Venice and enjoy a refreshing Bellini at Harry's, the birthplace of the Italian drink, before setting out on a day exploring winding canals and beautiful bridges. Wander down alleyways lined with traditional Venetian masks, silk from the colorful island of Burano and sparkling hand-blown Murano glass. Or, experience the romantic city with a gondola ride under the Rialto Bridge before setting sail on your Venice cruise. The best cruises from Venice bring you to beautiful Mediterranean locales like the shores of the Greek Isles and the coast of Spain. Venice, Italy is the perfect jumping-off point for an adventure to remember.

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The best places to visit in Venice are also some of the most famous in the world. From the pigeon-filled Piazza San Marco to the bustling Grand Canal, there's always something exciting happening in the city of bridges.
NOTES OF ROMANCE
Listen closely as the notes of famous opera music echo off the ceiling of the Chiesa della Pieta or the Teatro La Fenice. The world-class musical hub in Venice, Italy creates a romantic ambiance to the tune of classical music, no matter what venue you visit in Venice.
PADDLE YOUR WAY TO THE PAST
The Floating City is flooded with things to see and do. From the stunning architecture of the Bridge of Sighs to the sweeping views from the top of the Campanile Bell Tower, there is so much to explore before your Venice Cruise.


TO VENICE AND BEYOND

Hop on one of the many romantic cruises from Venice aboard the Rhapsody of the Seas cruise ship and spend your days exploring beautiful cities in Italy and beyond. No matter where you are in the Mediterranean, beauty awaits. And while onboard Rhapsody of the Seas, enjoy exceptional nightlife and adventure before you set foot in another exotic location on land.

SHIP TO SHORE

Cruise through the Mediterranean on a ship fit for romance and adventure. Couples sailing on Rhapsody of the Seas cruise ship can dance the night away or get wild at a pool deck party under the stars. Teens can join in or watch a movie on deck instead.

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SURPRISES ON THE SEA

Beautiful destinations await you when you cruise from Venice. From the buzzing coastline of the South of France to the romantic alleyways in Barcelona to the steep cliffs of the Greek Isles, grab your camera and don't miss a thing on your Venice Cruise vacation.

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Things To Do in Venice

The San Marco basilica in Venice, Italy

IN GOOD CAMPANILE

The San Marco basilica in Venice, Italy

The San Marco basilica in Venice, Italy

IN GOOD CAMPANILE

Discover the heart of Venice in Piazza San Marco, home to outdoor cafés and flocks of hungry pigeons. Enter San Marco Basilica to admire its Byzantine architecture and golden mosaics. Then take an elevator to the top of the 320-foot-tall Campanile bell tower for rewarding views of Venice.

A group riding in a gondola in Venice, Italy

PADDLE THROUGH THE AGES

A group riding in a gondola in Venice, Italy

A group riding in a gondola in Venice, Italy

PADDLE THROUGH THE AGES

A boat cruise is a must-do when visiting the City of Canals. Relax in a gondola, as you’re rowed along the Grand Canal and under the stone-arch Rialto Bridge. Paddle your own kayak through the Venetian lagoon. Or take the motorized Vaporetto waterbus around neighboring islands.

Glass art in Murano, Italy
Glass art in Murano, Italy

SEE HOW IT’S MADE

Travel to the offshore island of Murano to go behind the scenes in a historical glass-blowing factory. Watch local artisans create one-of-a-kind glassworks, using techniques dating from the 13th century. You can even bring home your own masterpiece from one of the island’s glass showrooms.

Tables set up at a waterfront café in Venice, Italy
Tables set up at a waterfront café in Venice, Italy

LOCAL CUISINE

Fresh-off-the-boat seafood from the surrounding lagoon highlights many Venetian menus. Try fritto misto (lightly fried seafood) or risotto frutti di mare (fruit of the sea). Afternoon cicchetti (small plates) come in the form of meatballs and bruschetta, while baicoli (thin oval cookies) and fregolotta (almond cake) satisfy dessert lovers. Enjoy a bellini in Harry’s Bar, birthplace of the Italian cocktail.

Assorted gondlorier's hat souvenirs
Assorted gondlorier's hat souvenirs

SHOPPING

A string of souvenir kiosks borders the Grand Canal, but roam the backstreets to shop artisan studios. Pick up authentic Venetian pearl jewelry, marbled paper travel journals and long-nosed carnival masks. Burano is known for its handmade lace products, while hand-blown Murano glass comes in the form of vases, jewelry and housewares.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 The Vaporetto water bus runs regular routes along the Grand Canal and between the city’s islands, offering a low-cost way to travel around town.
2 Keep an eye out for menus dotted with asterisks, noting their seafood is frozen, not fresh.

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