The city of Venice sits at the top of the Adriatic Sea in the north east corner of Italy. It is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The city sits on 118 small islands in the Venetian Lagoon – a salt marsh. In the 12th century Venice became a city state and its location at the top of the Adriatic made it a key naval and commercial centre as well as a flourishing art centre.
Modern Venice is stunning and retains the wonderful history of this unique city. It is a city of museums, galleries, piazzas, palaces, churches and more. One visit isn’t enough to see all that Venice has to offer but visitors should try and see the Basilica San Marco and San Marco Square, the Doges Palace and the Gallerie dell’Accademia which houses some of Italy’s finest art treasures.
Things to See & Do
* San Marco Square
* Doge’s Palace
* Basilica San Marco
* Grand Canal
Cruise Season – Feb to Dec
Currency – euro (€)
Language – Italian
Land Area – 1,178 square kilometres
Population – 280,000
Electricity – 2 pin Round pins European style
Time –GMT/UTC plus one hour
International Country Telephone Code – +39
Port Location – Ships dock at the Maritima Port. Although it is within walking distance of Piazzoli Roma, most cruise ships offer a free shuttle boat service from the pier to “Giardinetti” pontoon, approximately 100 yards from San Marco Square.
Transport Links – Venice, Italy is a relatively easy city to get around, most of the sights are within walking distance of one another. Of course, the other main method of transport in Venice, Italy is the famous water-buses, water taxis or Gondalas on the Grand Canal. Venice is served by one of Italy’s busiest airports, Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE), handling a large number of international and domestic flights. With good rail connections to every major city in Italy and Europe, travelling by train is a fast and effective way to journey outside the city.