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
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.

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

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

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