St. Marks Square & Basilica St Mark's Basilica is the most famous, and stunning, of Venice's many churches. One look at St Mark's will tell you why it has been named 'The Church of Gold'; it glistens with vibrant colours and gilt. Meanwhile, St Mark's Square is an absolute 'must see'. Surrounded by a wealth of architecture and shops, it is both an art lover's and a shopper's paradise. Rialto Bridge & Grand Canal The Grand Canal is the central waterway of Venice, and while there are many bridges by which to cross it, the oldest, and probably the most attractive, is the Rialto Bridge. First built as a wooden structure in 1255, the current stone bridge was completed in 1591. Bustling and fascinating, the Rialto Bridge is one way to cross the Grand Canal in style. Scenic canal ride by gondola If you would rather savour the canal than merely walk across it, then why not take a gondola tour? Most (although not all) modern gondole are used by tourists, but they are an excellent way of getting a close-up view of Venice's elegant architecture, that you simply cannot get from the streets. The modern gondola is also rather comfortable, and a very pleasant way to travel. Doge's Palace For centuries, Venice was ruled by a succession of doges. That system has gone, but the Doge's Palace remains and is now a huge tourist attraction. Standing alongside St Mark's Square (St Mark's Basilica having once been the Doge's chapel), the palace is lavishly decorated in a variety of styles. Offering a fascinating insight into centuries of Venetian history, it is well worth a visit. Glass blowing at Murano While Venice is a city in its own right, it actually consists of 118 different islands. Murano is made up of seven islands, and is famous for the art of glass making. Murano glass has been prized since the late 13th century, and remains so. Its bright colours and patterns are very distinctive and we highly recommend a visit to see glass blowing at Murano. Peggy Guggenheim Modern Art You probably know that Venice is famed for its art, but that art is not limited to centuries past. The Peggy Guggenheim collection of modern art is housed in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal. With works by Picasso, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Duchamp and Klee, amongst others, it is a great place in which to enjoy art from the early twentieth century onwards. Ships visiting Venice When you visit Venice with Royal Caribbean, you can sail on Vision of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas or Rhapsody of the Seas. Whichever ship you choose, your Royal Caribbean cruise of Italy is bound to be magical. Venice is a wonderful city that has something for everybody. Far from being restricted to art lovers and romantics, it has plenty to offer children, families and solo travellers alike. After all, how could you resist the great local cuisine and delicious gelato? Venice, like Rome, is a jewel of the Mediterranean and once visited, is never forgotten. Shore Excursions in Venice With Royal Caribbean, you can really get the best from Venice by joining one of our organised excursions. Why not benefit from our years of experience and join a sightseeing and city tour, or find places best known only to the locals, on our Secret Venice Walking Tour? For couples, we can arrange an unforgettable gondola ride, the memories of which will last forever. Why not talk to us today about your trip to Venice?