Sail into Venice on board the Royal Clipper
14th April 2016
If you’re asked what your favourite cruise port is, the chances are that Monaco, Kotor, and the Caribbean may spring to mind. However, none of these are architecturally as beautiful as the Italian sanctuary known as Venice. As you arrive at the cruise terminal on board the Royal Clipper, it doesn’t take long before you become truly mesmerised vast number of palaces, cathedrals and churches. This week, we take a look at some of the must-see landmarks to visit during your time in Venice.
It is worth noting that Venice is the world’s only pedestrianised city – with no cars and no roads anywhere in sight. Walking is an option when it comes to finding the best way to explore this city, but, undoubtedly, it is much more traditional and elegant to travel by water taxi. There is a total of 177 canals that thread through this floating city, which can carry you to each of Venice’s 118 islands.
One aspect of Venice, that will become clear upon arrival, is how much the city has been influenced by various empires throughout history. Doge’s Palace is a stunning masterpiece of Gothic architecture, which began construction in the 9th century – when Doge Angelo Partecipazio moved to the seat of government in Rivoalto (now known as Rialto).
It has been influenced throughout history and was renovated and occupied multiple times prior to 1923 when it was opened as a museum. It is made up of 14th and 15th-century foundations, as well as Renaissance and Mannerist additions.
Rialto Bridge and Market
You may notice this iconic bridge whilst journeying via gondola or you may notice it whilst visiting the Rialto market. Either way, this iconic bridge has become enshrined in the history and culture of Venice. The current bridge, built in 1591, replaced an old wooden bridge when it collapsed in 1524. The Rialto is certainly a hive of activity within the city, with many bustling markets selling produce including fruit, vegetables and fish.
Sadly, many of Venice’s churches were destroyed by a fire in the 15th century, but fortunately many of them were later rebuilt. San Giacomo di Rialto was the sole surviving landmark of the fire and, as a result, is possibly the oldest church in Venice. Built in 421, this church is renowned for its red pillars and golden accents.
Another church certainly worth visiting during your time in Venice is Saint Mark’s Basilica and will be one of the highlights of your visit. There are many treasures held within the walls of this fascinating church, including the famous gilded bronze horses.
Passengers on board selected cruises to Italy, Montenegro, Croatia itineraries will be able to experience the magnificent city of Venice. Sailing around the Western Mediterranean on board the Royal Clipper, guests will be able to visit other stunning destinations including Rome, Corfu, Dubrovnik and Hvar.