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Venice City Guide: 10 Activities for Cruise Travelers

Welcome Aboard, Cruise-Goer!

Venice is a mesmerizing city with a rich history, stunning architecture, and unique cultural experiences. Be sure to arrive a few days before you set sail to experience the Top Ten things to do in Venice, Italy, before embarking on a cruise.


10 “Must-Do” Activities in Venice Before Setting Sail


  1. St. Mark’s Basilica (Basilica di San Marco): Visit this iconic cathedral known for its stunning Byzantine architecture, intricate mosaics, and historical significance. Don’t miss the panoramic views from the bell tower. Venice
  2. Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale): Explore the opulent former residence of the Doge of Venice. The palace is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and houses grand halls, ornate chambers, and the infamous Bridge of Sighs.
  3. Grand Canal Tour: Take a leisurely gondola ride or a vaporetto (water bus) along the Grand Canal. This main waterway is lined with magnificent palaces, historic buildings, and bustling markets. Venice
  4. Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto): Walk across Venice’s oldest and most famous bridge. The bridge offers beautiful views of the Grand Canal and is surrounded by shops and lively market stalls.
  5. Murano Island: Visit the nearby island of Murano, renowned for its centuries-old tradition of glassmaking. Watch glassblowing demonstrations and shop for exquisite glassware. Venice
  6. Burano Island: Take a trip to Burano, famous for its brightly colored houses and intricate lace-making. It’s a picturesque spot perfect for photography and a relaxed stroll.
  7. Gallerie dell’Accademia: Art enthusiasts should not miss this gallery, which houses an extensive collection of Venetian paintings from the 14th to the 18th century, including works by Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese. Venice
  8. Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square): Spend time in Venice’s most famous square, surrounded by beautiful architecture, cafes, and shops. It’s an ideal place for people-watching and soaking in the vibrant atmosphere.
  9. Teatro La Fenice: Experience the grandeur of one of Italy’s most famous opera houses. Even if you don’t attend a performance, guided tours are available to explore its lavish interiors and learn about its history.
  10. Rialto Market: Visit this bustling market near the Rialto Bridge to see a wide array of fresh produce, seafood, and local delicacies. It’s a great place to experience the local culture and enjoy some traditional Venetian snacks.

These activities provide a mix of cultural, historical, and leisurely experiences, ensuring you get the most out of your time in Venice before embarking on your cruise.


Ready to Plan?

If you are ready to explore Venice, and would like to plan your next cruise from this vibrant Port, or just visit the Italian city itself, contact your Love of the Magic Travel Agent today, or email  And of course, whether you want cruise from Venice or any other Port, or plan something totally different, your LOTMV Travel Advisor will work with you to create the unique experience you’re looking for.

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