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The fame and romance of Venice are lasting qualities that make it a must-see destination on any vacation or cruise to Italy. Venice possesses its own character unlike any other city in Italy. From gondola rides to cooking classes to create Italian culinary gems, Venice shore excursions blend ancient history and Venice’s timeless romance all at once.
Whether you’re stopping in Venice as your port of call or departing to other Italian destinations from Venice, there’s more to this city than its intricate canal systems. Take a four hour walking tour of the city through several historic basilicas, starting in St. Mark’s Square. End with a glimpse of an artisan’s glassworks studio, where you’ll find unique souvenirs for your friends and family back home.
You can’t come to Venice without taking a world-famous gondola ride. One of the Venice shore excursions considered a must-do includes an evening tour of the city with an experienced gondolier, which takes you through parts known and unknown. Glide through narrow waterways and people-watch as both local Venetians and tourists alike enjoy the atmosphere, food, and drink Venice offers.
Venice cruise excursions are the perfect way to see historic sites throughout the city, from the famous Bell Tower to the Doge’s Palace and the Procuratie Vecchie. Gothic-style architecture and opulence dating back to the 14th century will fascinate history buffs of all ages. Walk along the Burano, a village of brightly colored fishermen’s houses while you’re there.
The ritual of meals in Italy is part of what makes it such an incredible place to visit, and Venice shore excursions promise incredible culinary experiences along the way. Stop in for a caffè any time of day, but remember: Italians don’t really drink milk in their coffee after 11am. Risotto and seafood dishes are menu staples in Venice. You can’t miss the chance to try dramatic squid’s ink pasta, which you can find in restaurants all over the city.