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On the coast of the Adriatic Sea on Italy's east coast is the legendary city of Venice, known for its extensive network of canals. Enjoy a romantic gondola ride in the evening as you admire the surrounding buildings that reflect the city's Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Take a guided tour of Doge's Palace or the many museums and traditional factories here, like Murano, where you'll see the Venetian glass-making process. Cruises will also visit the small and charming Italian towns of Padua, Chioggia, Taglio di Po, and Verona. Our most popular cruises on the Michaelangelo explore the Po River Delta. Venice's location makes a great port of call for cruises all around the Adriatic, including destinations in Croatia, Greece, and the Dalmatian Coast. Contact us to get started planning today.

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Venice and Mantua Cruise20%$40507Mar 22, 2020Departing from Venice aboard the intimate ship La Bella Vita, enjoy a 7-day cruise of Italy, stopping in Pellestrina, Chioggia, the Renaissance city …
Dreaming of Dalmatia: Dubrovnik to VeniceSavings$134988May 10, 2020Bask in treasures of the Dalmatian Coast from Diocletian's Palace in Split and the belle–époque villas of Opatija to vivid sunsets over the …
Yachting Harbors of Croatia: Venice to DubrovnikSavings$124988May 17, 2020Discover the Dalmatian Coast, where majestic mountains meet a crystalline sea and archaeological treasures abound, from UNESCO sites in Sibenik and …

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Venice Cruise Port Highlights

St Mark Square -
The epicenter of the city is a spectacular site to see and photo opportunities seem endless in every direction. If you want visit highlights such as the Doje's Palace or St Mark's Basilica, where limited tickets and overflowing demand make it important to reserve a ticket ahead of time, so contact your Adventure Life trip planner to make sure it's possible to visit these popular historic attractions. 

Take a gondola ride or a walk along the canals

What's more romantic than a gondola ride in Venice? But gondola rides are pricey, so traveling the way the locals do, by walking throught the city streets and bridges like Rialto Bridge, taking ferries and water taxis, you will get the full Venice experience as well.

Beyond Venice, your cruise may include these other amazing port cities such as: 

  • Rome (Civitavecchia) – the country's capital city and home to the Roman empire's most famous ruins, like the Colosseum and the Forum, just to name a few. Additionally,the Vatican City is home to St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and the administrative headquarters of the Catholic Church.
  • Sicily - the Mediterranean's largest island is the off the southern coast of Italy, and home to its own unique culture, cuisine and wines.
  • Sardinia - is a picturesque island with a rugged coastline in the middle of the Mediterranean with almost 2,000km of coastline, sandy beaches and a mountainous interior with ample hiking opportunities. Thousands of nuraghi, mysterious Bronze Age stone ruins shaped like beehives dot the countryside.  
  • Naples - here, you can visit the harrowing sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, where artifacts from the violent eruptions of Mt. Vesuvius are well preserved.
When to Visit Venice, Italy
Unlike central Europe which experiences frigid winter temperatures and sweltering summer heat, the Mediterranean city of Venice enjoys more mild temperatures throughout the year, ranging from the low 30s Fahrenheit in the cold winter months to the highs in the low 80s F in the summer. 

The summer months are the high season in Venice, so while you will experience warm to hot weather, you will also likely encounter larger crowds during this season, especially at the most popular attractions and sights.

The shoulder season months of May and September-November are great times to visit this Adriatic city, when there are significantly fewer tourists crowding the sites and temperatures are still warm but more comfortable. 

The winter months from December through late February are colder and not ideal for cruises, though if you don't mind wearing plenty of layers, this can be a great time to visit Venice to get great deals on hotels and admissions to attractions (as long as you know that some sites may close early during winter).

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