You could start a discussion about Venice by praising its restaurants, wine bars, marble churches or blown glass. But you probably won’t. You’ll likely start with the fact that Venice is built on water. It is a place where people either float slowly down palace-lined man-made waterways or stroll down narrow alleyways. There’s no more extraordinary place to find yourself, or lose yourself. Be sure to stay in Venice before your next European cruise.
Basilica San Marco This Byzantine basiclica is Venice’s architectural jewel. The western façade and interior are resplendent with artwork and statues dating to the 13th century.
Piazza San Marco The Piazza San Marco is the city’s central square in Venice, and combines fascinating history with relaxing outdoor spots and cafes.
Doge’s Palace Home to 120 Venetian rulers, this fortress of power and opulence is filled with lavish halls and art-lined chambers. Follow the bridge of sighs to a prison that held Casanova.
Canal Grande Whether you’re cruising in a water taxi or relaxing on a gondola, you’ll get your best view of Venice on this central waterway.
Peggy Guggenheim Collection The heiress’s palatial home on the shores of the Canal Grande in Venice is the ideal place to view the works of 20th century masters like Kandinsky, Picasso, Klee and Mondrian.