In My Viewfinder: A Weekend In Venice, Italy

A busy day in the port of Venice, like most days during the summer months.

We spent a couple of days in Venice, Italy, filming for the new Avid Cruiser travel show.

Venice ranks right up there with Barcelona with regard to the number of ships and cruise passengers it handles. This city of 118 islands, 150 canals and 450 bridges surely woos cruise passengers who set out in search of its charms before or after their cruises. Venice is a living museum.

We explored the main attractions — St. Mark’s Square, the Rialto Bridge and much more — and we ventured out to Murano and Burano. We did a gondola ride, enjoyed gelato and a Venetian Spritz. We dined sumptuously and sucked up every moment in this oh-so-beautiful place.

We also explored a “Secret Venice,” thanks to tour operators Bassani Group, which operates many of the shore excursions for the major cruise lines coming to Venice. The rest of the story is told in the photographs that follow and the soon-to-come video, “The Avid Cruiser Takes On Venice, Italy.”

MSC's Magnifica towers over the Venetian waterfront.
A 'vintage' street musician performs "O Sole Mio"
Sunset sailing from Venice
Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas sails past the Venice waterfront.
Touring the canals by water taxi
Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, which we saw on our "Secret Venice" tour.
The Grand Canal. The racing red boat is a "fireboat."
A "fireboat" races along the Grand Canal
Photo ops in every direction
Approaching Saint Mark's Square
The Bridge of Sighs - (sigh)
Celebrity Cruises' old Zenith, now operating for Pullmantur
Pigeons, pigeons everywhere in St. Mark's Square
Pigeons will land wherever you put birdseed (wooing pigeons with birdseed is no longer legal in Saint Mark's Square, by the way)
Not everyone was in a hurry this Sunday morning.
The captain explores Venice.
Saint Mark's Square, busy this morning.
Fabio, our gondolier, takes us along the Grand Canal.
Tip if you wish - the gondoliers work hard for you.
Murano Glass, one of a kind artwork
The leaning tower of . . . Burano
Burano lacemaker Paula Toselli at Lilia Lace
Beautiful Burano
Water taxi on the Grand Canal
The Grand Canal.

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