Why choose a cruise to Venice?

Of all the Italian cities, Venice is the one with the deepest connection to the water. With 117 islands and 150 canals, swapping one kind of cruise for another is practically a given here. Of course, there’s also the hot weather, fine fashion and sensational art to get stuck into, too.

From its boldest basilicas to its best restaurants and timeless coffee houses, Venice has character in every corner. The only question you need to ask when cruising here is what you want to visit first.

Venice Grand Canal

A guide to Venice’s hotspots

Naturally, the Grand Canal is an immediate showstopper for anyone on shore excursions from Venice cruises. Here you’ll find some of the finest arches, murals, domes and doorways in Italy, with many of these brilliant examples of architecture going as far back as the 13th century.

Designer shopping is a more modern pastime for those of you looking to take something swanky back to the cruise ship. Yet those big fashion names rub shoulders with days gone by thanks to being so close to St Mark’s Square. There, you can gape at the majestic St Mark’s Basilica before heading to the incredible Doge’s Palace and the poetically named Bridge of Sighs.

And of course, Venice is a wonderful hive of creativity. While art museums are everywhere, special mention and attention should be given to the glass-blowing workshops and lace-making factories nestled in the city’s heart.

St Mark's Square Venice

Cruise lines that sail to the port of Venice

Thanks to its timelessness and appeal, Venice is a popular choice on many cruise itineraries weaving their way around the Mediterranean. Naturally, some of your favourite cruise lines make a point to visit the city as often as they can, including those below:

– Marella Cruises

– Celebrity Cruises

– P&O Cruises

– Royal Caribbean

The best time to visit Venice

Because it’s tucked up a little in Italy’s north-east, temperatures in Venice stay a steady warmth through most of the year, without the extreme heat of the south. As such, there’s really no right or wrong time to take a cruise to this sensational, storied city.

That said, the traditional summer months of June, July and August are when you’ll see the thermometers peep past the 20s into the 30s, making it a popular time to visit. Venice is also a classy place to welcome in the new year.

From its widest plazas to its most secluded backstreets, Venice is a city that every cruiser will come to love on shore excursions and tours. Italy’s best wines, most seductive fashion and most intricate history have all converged in this warren of waterways, and it’s little wonder that Venice is such a popular destination on cruises in and around the Med.