Venice Pictures - Photo Gallery of Venice, Italy's Floating City

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    Lido - Island in the Southern Lagoon of Venice, Italy

    Lido - Island in the Southern Lagoon of Venice, Italy
    ••• Lido - Island in the Southern Lagoon of Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Islands and Canals Make Venice a Wonderful Cruise Destination

    Venice, Italy is a delightful cruise ship port of call, and one of the best sail away ports in the world. Venice is located in northeast Italy and much of the city is built on islands or floating piers. Most travelers who visit Venice fall in love with the ambiance and character of this marvelous Italian city. Cruise ships dock on the isle of Venice, and passengers can explore the city using the water taxi system, which is inexpensive and easy to use. These Venice pictures demonstrate how interesting the city can be.

    Almost all cruise lines that sail the Mediterranean visit Venice, and many overnight in port, allowing passengers the opportunity for a romantic evening gondola ride, an evening drink in St. Mark's Square, or free time to enjoy the city by night.

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    Lido has the beach closest to Venice, and was once prized for its "healthy air". It sits on an island in the southern lagoon of Venice, and...MORE is one of the first islands passengers on cruise ships sailing into Venice will see. Lido was one of Europe's most popular resorts in the late 1900s, and the Lido beach is still very popular with Venetians in the summertime.

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    Sailing into Venice, Italy

    Sailing into Venice, Italy
    ••• Sailing into Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Sailing into Venice on a cruise ship is an amazing event not to be missed. The city is linked to the water, and seeing Venice for the first time from a ship is breathtaking.

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    Vaporettos are Water Taxis in Venice, Italy

    Vaporettos are Water Taxis in Venice, Italy
    ••• Vaporettos are Water Taxis in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    One of the 177 Canals in Venice, Italy

    One of the 177 Canals in Venice, Italy
    ••• One of the 177 Canals in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Naval Museum in Venice, Italy

    Naval Museum in Venice, Italy
    ••• Naval Museum in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    The Museo Storico Navale is Venice's naval museum, and is located on the San Marco Canal southeast of San Marco.

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    Sailing into Venice, Italy

    Sailing into Venice, Italy
    ••• Sailing into Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Venice, Italy - The Campanile, Doge's Palace, and San Marco

    Venice, Italy - The Campanile, Doge's Palace, and San Marco
    ••• Venice, Italy - The Campanile, Doge's Palace, and San Marco. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    The Canal of San Marco in Venice, Italy

    The Canal of San Marco in Venice, Italy
    ••• The Canal of San Marco in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy

    St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy
    ••• St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    View of St. Mark's Square, Doge's Palace, and the Campanile in Venice, Italy, as seen from the deck of the Carnival Liberty cruise ship.

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    Sailing into Venice on the Carnival Liberty

    Sailing into Venice on the Carnival Liberty
    ••• Sailing into Venice on the Carnival Liberty. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Santa Maria della Salute Church in Venice, Italy

    Santa Maria della Salute Church in Venice, Italy
    ••• Santa Maria della Salute Church in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    The Santa Maria della Salute Church sits on a peninsula at the end of the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy.

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    St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy

    St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy
    ••• St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    St. Mark's Square, Doge's Palace, and the Campanile in Venice, Italy

    St. Mark's Square, Doge's Palace, and the Campanile in Venice, Italy
    ••• St. Mark's Square, Doge's Palace, and the Campanile in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Cruising the Canale della Giudecca in Venice, Italy

    Cruising the Canale della Giudecca in Venice, Italy
    ••• Cruising the Canale della Giudecca in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Cruising the Canals of Venice, Italy

    Cruising the Canals of Venice, Italy
    ••• Cruising the Canals of Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Cruising the Canals of Venice, Italy

    Cruising the Canals of Venice, Italy
    ••• Cruising the Canals of Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Cruising the Canals of Venice, Italy

    Cruising the Canals of Venice, Italy
    ••• Cruising the Canals of Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Cruising the Canals of Venice, Italy

    Cruising the Canals of Venice, Italy
    ••• Cruising the Canals of Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Cruising the Canals of Venice, Italy

    Cruising the Canals of Venice, Italy
    ••• Chiesa dei Gesuati (Santa Maria del Rosario) Cruising the Canals of Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    The Chiesa dei Gesuati (also known as Santa Maria del Rosario) was built by Dominican friars in 1726.

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    Cruising the Canals of Venice, Italy

    Cruising the Canals of Venice, Italy
    ••• Cruising the Canals of Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Cruising the Canals of Venice, Italy

    Cruising the Canals of Venice, Italy
    ••• Cruising the Canals of Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Gondola on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy

    Gondola on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy
    ••• Gondola on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Gondolier in Traditional Dress in Venice, Italy

    Gondolier in Traditional Dress in Venice, Italy
    ••• Gondolier in Traditional Dress in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Riding a Gondola in Venice, Italy

    Riding a Gondola in Venice, Italy
    ••• Riding a Gondola in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Sights from the Canals of Venice, Italy

    Sights from the Canals of Venice, Italy
    ••• Sights from the Canals of Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    This modern mylar "balloon" animal was definitely out of place in Venice. It was advertising an art exhibit.

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    Cruising the Canals of Venice, Italy

    Cruising the Canals of Venice, Italy
    ••• Cruising the Canals of Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Cruising the Canals of Venice, Italy

    Cruising the Canals of Venice, Italy
    ••• Cruising the Canals of Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Cruising the Canals of Venice, Italy

    Cruising the Canals of Venice, Italy
    ••• Cruising the Canals of Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, Italy

    San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, Italy
    ••• San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    This church, of Greek Temple design, sits on a small island of the same name across from St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco)

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    Feeding the Pigeons in St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy

    Feeding the Pigeons in St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy
    ••• Feeding the Pigeons in St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Kids of all ages seem to be mesmerized by the pigeons in St. Mark's Square in Venice.

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    St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy - Pigeons Are Everywhere!

    St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy - Pigeons Are Everywhere!
    ••• St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy - Pigeons Are Everywhere!. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    If you feed the pigeons they will perch all over you. Personally, I kept my distance--being bombarded by pigeons is not my idea of fun.

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    Doge's Palace in St. Mark's Square

    Doge's Palace in St. Mark's Square
    ••• Doge's Palace in St. Mark's Square. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Basilica San Marco in Venice, Italy

    Basilica San Marco in Venice, Italy
    ••• Basilica San Marco in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    St. Mark's Church (Basilica San Marco) is located in St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco). The Byzantine church was built in the 12th century.

    St. Mark's Basilica is filled with marvelous mosaics of colored tile and gold. The church has a definite Eastern-style, much different than most other Italian cathedrals. The remains of St. Mark have been housed in the church (or its predecsessor on the same site) since the 9th century.

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    The Campanile in St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy

    The Campanile in St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy
    ••• The Campanile in St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    The Campanile is a bell tower with an elevator to the top.

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    Historic Building on St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy

    Historic Building on St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy
    ••• Historic Building on St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    The Bridge of Sighs in Venice, Italy

    The Bridge of Sighs in Venice, Italy
    ••• The Bridge of Sighs in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    The Bridge of Sighs used to connect the courtrooms in Doge's Palace to the Venetian prisons. The convicted are said to have "sighed" as they saw Venice for the last time as they crossed the bridge.

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    The Bridge of Sighs in Venice, Italy

    The Bridge of Sighs in Venice, Italy
    ••• The Bridge of Sighs in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Exploring the Narrow Streets of Venice, Italy

    Exploring the Narrow Streets of Venice, Italy
    ••• Exploring the Narrow Streets of Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Another Look at the Bridge of Sighs in Venice, Italy

    Another Look at the Bridge of Sighs in Venice, Italy
    ••• Another Look at the Bridge of Sighs in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Close-up View of Doge's Palace in Venice, Italy

    Close-up View of Doge's Palace in Venice, Italy
    ••• Close-up View of Doge's Palace in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Small Canal Bridge in Venice, Italy

    Small Canal Bridge in Venice, Italy
    ••• Small Canal Bridge in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Lion Next to St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, Italy

    Lion Next to St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, Italy
    ••• Lion Next to St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Doge's Palace in Venice, Italy

    Doge's Palace in Venice, Italy
    ••• Doge's Palace in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Statue on St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy

    Statue on St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy
    ••• Statue on St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Marvel Paull Outside Harry's Bar in Venice, Italy

    Marvel Paull Outside Harry's Bar in Venice, Italy
    ••• Marvel Paull Outside Harry's Bar in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Harry's Bar was a Hemingway hangout and the home of the Bellini, a drink made with peach juice and white wine. Harry's Bar is just a few steps from the San Marco/Vallaresso vaporetto stop. The bar is touristy, but has a dress code--no shorts. We saw one of the waiters refuse to let two young men who were dressed in shorts into the bar. We enjoyed a very over-priced bellini, just to be able to say we had one at "Harry's".

    Upstairs from the traditional bar is a very nice restaurant, with great view of the Grand Canal and San Giorgio.

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    Gondola in a Small Canal in Venice, Italy

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    La Fenice Opera House in Venice, Italy

    La Fenice Opera House in Venice, Italy
    ••• La Fenice Opera House in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    La Fenice Opera House was destroyed in a fire in 1996. This fire, and the people of Venice, are the focus of John Berendt's excellent non-fiction book, . I highly recommend this book to anyone planning a cruise to Venice.

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    Statue Outside La Fenice Opera House in Venice, Italy

    Statue Outside La Fenice Opera House in Venice, Italy
    ••• Statue Outside La Fenice Opera House in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    La Fenice Opera House in Venice, Italy

    La Fenice Opera House in Venice, Italy
    ••• La Fenice Opera House in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    La Fenice is located on the walk between St. Mark's and the Rialto Bridge in Venice. This easy walk is a good way to see parts of the city away from the main canals and alleyways.

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    Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Italy

    Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Italy
    ••• Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    The main doorway of La Fenice Opera House in Venice, Italy

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    Riding a Gondola in Venice, Italy

    Riding a Gondola in Venice, Italy
    ••• Riding a Gondola in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Rialto Bridge Over the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy

    Rialto Bridge Over the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy
    ••• Rialto Bridge Over the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    The Rialto Bridge crosses the Grand Canal at its narrowest point. The Rialto Market, near the bridge is bustling and interesting.

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    Macelleria Equina in the Rialto Market, Venice, Italy

    Macelleria Equina in the Rialto Market, Venice, Italy
    ••• Macelleria Equina in the Rialto Market, Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    My Italian is not very good, but the pictures told us that this was a horse butcher's shop.

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    Skull on a Church in Venice, Italy

    Skull on a Church in Venice, Italy
    ••• Skull on a Church in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    The skull statuery on this church was a little Halloween-ish for me!

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    Train Station in Venice, Italy

    Train Station in Venice, Italy
    ••• Train Station in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Many visitors to Venice arrive via train. I think a cruise ship is a much better way to enter Venice.

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    Sailing Away from Venice, Italy - View of La Giudecca

    Sailing Away from Venice, Italy - View of La Giudecca
    ••• Sailing Away from Venice, Italy - View of La Giudecca. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Redentore Church on Giudecca in Venice, Italy

    Redentore Church on Giudecca in Venice, Italy
    ••• Redentore Church on Giudecca in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Redentore Church on Giudecca in Venice, Italy

    Redentore Church on Giudecca in Venice, Italy
    ••• Redentore Church on Giudecca in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Church of Zitelle on Giudecca in Venice, Italy

    Church of Zitelle on Giudecca in Venice, Italy
    ••• Church of Zitelle on Giudecca in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    San Giorigo Maggiore in Venice, Italy

    San Giorigo Maggiore in Venice, Italy
    ••• San Giorigo Maggiore in Venice, Italy. Venice Picture (c) Linda Garrison