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Adventures Ashore Port Guide ®

Where Waters Rich with Historical
Importance Carve Out a Unique Culture
The bewitching city of Venice has always years, the treachery of the over-eager
considered itself to be “married” to the sea. Venetians has poisoned relations between
Overseas commerce and investment made the two peoples ever since. It also became
the metropolis wealthy and powerful, and a major source of the great rift between
much of the city’s unique charm comes the Eastern and Western Christian
from the reduced noise and slower pace Churches, which continues to this day.
of life along the canals. But don’t be
deceived; the Venetians are second to Today Venice spans 118 islands, with
none in their astuteness, vigor, and a well-planned web of 150 canals and
capacity for hard work. 400 bridges. Although the motorboat,
or vaporetto, is well accepted today, the
Venice was founded originally by refugees gondola is the more traditional means of
from the mainland seeking a safe haven transportation. A surprisingly agile craft,
from the Huns, then later from the Franks each gondola is lovingly built like a piece
between the 5th- and 8th-centuries. At one of fine furniture, sometimes requiring
ITALY time Venice controlled Cyprus, Crete, and more than a year to complete. Gondoliers
AT A GLANCE
much of southern Greece. Centuries of belong to a centuries-old guild, steeped
naval warfare with the Ottoman Turks cost in tradition, and are quite adept at
SIZE: 116,303 square miles, Venice control of those areas, but they moving their boats easily with a single oar.
about the size of Florida and didn’t lose their commercial edge until The tall mooring poles with distinctive
Georgia combined. Napoleon abolished the Republic in 1797. spiral striping are the original models
POPULATION: 57,772,000, about
for barber poles.
Because of its strategic location at the
one-fourth the U.S. population head of the Adriatic Sea, Venice quickly One thing that strikes you immediately
LANGUAGE: Italian became a transit port for trade between is the wide use of Venice’s characteristic
central Europe and everywhere in the emblem, the winged lion of St. Mark the
CAPITAL: Rome Mediterranean, but especially the Holy Evangelist. The saint’s bones were brought
TYPE OF GOVERNMENT: Republic
Land. Much of the commercial and from Alexandria in 823, and reburied
military traffic during the Crusades was with honor in the Basilica. Symbol of the
CURRENCY: Euro, formerly carried by Venetian ships, which acquired patron saint of Venice, St. Mark’s lion has
Italian Lire untold wealth for the city’s merchants. been used to identify outlying possessions
The Crusaders also helped to expand the of the city ever since, and is found all over
TIME ZONE: GMT +2
land controlled by the Republic to islands the eastern Mediterranean.
and coastal enclaves along the Balkan
peninsula and the Aegean Sea. The heart of Venice centers around
St. Mark’s Square, which has been called
ABOUT YOUR PORT GUIDE In 1204, the Venetian Doge Enrico “a great, marble salon” open to the sky.
This is your guide to Venice, specially
Dandolo led a powerful army to The piazza is huge yet harmonious, with
prepared by Princess Cruises. This guide Constantinople and captured it from covered galleries all around, sheltering
is intended to assist you if you are on a the Byzantine Empire. Some of Venice’s luxury shops and cafes.
shore excursion, touring independently greatest artworks and treasures were
or doing both. violently looted from the East at that The Basilica San Marco was built in
830 to accommodate St. Mark’s tomb,
Venice

Please note that the information provided is time, and triumphantly brought home
general in nature and is subject to change. as booty. Although the Greeks were able and then rebuilt during the 11th-century
to recapture their city within just a few in its present Byzantine style. Built as a
Adventures Ashore Port Guide ~ Venice
®
Places of Interest Practical Information

ACCADEMIA BRIDGE - DOCKING PUBLIC SERVICES
Greek cross with several eastern domes, The graceful Bridge of Sighs links the beginning in 1292. The island of Burano ACADEMY BRIDGE Your Princess ship docks in Venice at either Banks: Most banks are open Monday through
One of three bridges that span the Grand Canal the Marittima Station berth or the Riva Sette Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
the Basilica is so richly decorated that it is Doge’s Palace with the dark old prison is a delightful fishing community with Maritime berth.
ACCADEMIA GALLERY - Museums: Hours and closing days vary greatly,
called the “golden church.” The acoustics building, on the far side of the Rio de cheerfully painted houses. Lacemaking ACADEMY GALLERY MOTORLAUNCH SERVICE but most are open Monday through Saturday
inside are so intricate and unique, that Palazzo. The name comes from the small is a well established craft here. Venice’s most important art museum with an When docked at the Marittima Station berth, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Some reopen in the
windows on the bridge, providing the last extraordinary collection of Venetian paintings Princess offers motorlaunch service to and from a afternoon and are open Sunday as well.
musical works by Venetian composers like
direct sunlight that prisoners might feel Brenta Canal BASILICA SAN MARCO -
drop-off location along Riva degli Schiavoni within Shops: Usually open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Vivaldi and Monteverdi do not sound the walking distance of St. Mark's Square. A charge of
On the way to Padua, on the mainland, ST. MARK’S BASILICA and from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m., and are closed Sunday
same when performed elsewhere. for many years, perhaps forever. A masterpiece of Venetian-Byzantine architecture $10 per person will be automatically placed onto and Monday morning. Many tourist-oriented shops,
you will pass the so-called Brenta Riviera, and one of Europe’s most beautiful churches your shipboard account. Any passenger not wishing however, are open all day, every day.
The four bronze horses above the central Away from the huge Square, a ride on the a series of opulent villas built along the to utilize this service should return their unused
CA' REZZONICO Water Shuttle Pass to the Purser’s Desk or Tour Post Office: The main branch at Rialto Bridge
doorway were among the prizes brought Grand Canal will reveal some of the more Brenta Canal. Palladio built the Villa Former Grand Canal Palace that now houses Office prior to the last evening of the cruise. Please is open Monday through Saturday from 8:15 a.m.
“ordinary” Venetian palaces and churches, the museum of 18th century Venice to 4:30 p.m.
from the Hippodrome in Constantinople. Foscari in 1574. A member of the Foscari refer to the Princess Patter and the Venice City Map
and they are uniformly splendid. The tall for more information.
They are antique bronze sculptures, once family banished his wife there, giving it the CAMPANILE - BELL TOWER PROPER ATTIRE
Rialto Bridge, in the heart of the business Offers panoramic views of Venice and its SHORE EXCURSION DEPARTURES Please wear proper attire ashore when planning
considered the work of the ancient genius nickname La Malcontenta. Lord Byron also surroundings to visit churches, cathedrals and other sacred places.
district, is intentionally arched to allow Passengers will meet at a specific location for each
Praxiteles. Anyone who climbs the tall, stayed there during his travels. The Villa shore excursion departure. Please refer to your tour Shorts for both men and women are considered
fully armed galleys to pass underneath. GRAND CANAL
graceful Campanile or bell tower will Two-mile-long main canal that winds through ticket and the Princess Patter for the correct place improper. Women should also cover their bare
Pisani at Stra shows some of Tiepolo’s finest shoulders.
have a wonderful panorama of the Venice’s large Jewish community was Venice; it has an average depth of nine feet and and time. Your Shore Excursion staff will be at that
concentrated on the island known as painting, as well as remarkable gardens. varies from 40 to 76 yards in width location to assist you.
entire city, which is shaped like a lute. LOCAL CUISINE - Food Specialties
Ghetto, and flourished because of the GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM VAPORETTOS Pasta and seafood make up much of Venetian fare.
Padua Small but choice gallery of 20th-century The local transport system for Venice are the Recommended foods include:
To the right of the Basilica you will many commercial contacts all over the The city of Padua became Venetian painting and sculpture located in the heiress’s vaporettos. There are numerous landing stages and Pasta e fagoli: Classic first course of thick bean
find a smaller extension of the square Mediterranean. The term “ghetto” for in 1405, and contributed much to the former residence ticket booths along the Grand Canal and around soup with pasta
called the Piazzetta or the “Broglio” a Jewish quarter originated in Venice. the Venetian Lagoon. Local currency will be needed
Republic. It is actually an old University PALAZZO DUCALE - DOGE’S PALACE Risotto: A creamy rice dish cooked with vegetables
An important museum, this Gothic-Renaissance to purchase tickets for the vaporettos. For more
(the Intrigue), since entry was restricted center, where Dante, Petrarch, Copernicus, information, inquire at www.actv.it or shellfish
Venetian Islands pink and white marble palace was both the
to noblemen each day for two hours and Tasso studied, and Galileo was a former residence of the dukes (doges) of Venice SHOPPING Bigoli: A local favorite, this pasta is made of whole
Further offshore are the fascinating islands and the seat of Venetian government
before noon. It was the ideal time Venice offers a dazzling array of shops and window wheat and usually served with a salty tonno or tuna
of the Venetian Lagoon. Torcello was professor. The town is also known for displays. You’ll find good buys in: Glass Famous sauce; it’s often an accompaniment to fegato alla
and place to exchange gossip and PIAZZA SAN MARCO - ST. MARK’S SQUARE
actually established as a lagoon settlement St. Anthony of Padua who died here The heart of Venice and the site of many of Murano glassware Jewelry Beautiful pieces in all veneziana, Venetian-style liver and onions
hatch intricate plots. To the left of its most famous landmarks varieties; finely crafted gold and silver Fashion Rich
earlier than Venice, and traces of its in 1231, though he was born in Lisbon. Tiramisu: A heavenly Venetian dessert made of
the Basilica is the commanding Clock leather goods and fine silk scarves, shawls, blouses creamy cheese, coffee and chocolate with pound cake
prosperity remain. The romanesque The Basilica dedicated to him is an PIAZZETTA SAN MARCO and ties. Lace Handmade by the women of Burano
Tower, with its large 15th-century Church of Santa Fosca was built on an Landing stage for boats into St. Mark’s Square. Distinctive gifts Paper-mache theatrical and carnival Drink Specialties - Venice is a great place for wine
imposing church, built in a transition
dial with signs of the zodiac. octagonal pattern in the 11th-century. PONTE DEI SOSPIRI - BRIDGE OF SIGHS
masks; velvet gondolier slippers with rope soles; and tasting. Visit some of the city’s many wine shops,
style somewhere between Romanesque gondolier straw hats with colored bands. The best where you can enjoy a sample along with cichetti,
The bridge connecting the Doge’s Palace with
The Palace of the Doges became the Nearby is the Cathedral, with a wonderful and Gothic, with a trace of Byzantine the ancient prison places to shop are along the Merceria, around the assorted tidbits which are often a meal in themselves.
inlaid pavement, Greek marble columns, Rialto and on the Strada Nuova. Please refer to Fine local wines include:
heart of Venetian government from influence as well. Donatello’s bronze statue PRINCESS WATER SHUTTLE PIER the Venice City Map for specific locations.
and some very fine Byzantine mosaics. White Wines: Tocai and Pinot from the Friuli
the 9th-century, even though the present in the square honor the Venetian general A motor launch shuttle will operate round region, both dry; Prosecco, a naturally fermented
trip from the ship to a drop-off location within
Venetian-Gothic masterpiece was not The island of Murano once had a Gattamelata, a nickname meaning “tabby walking distance of St. Mark's Square sparkling wine; and Cartizze, considered by many
constructed until the 14th-century. to be a superior Prosecco
near monopoly on fine blown glass, cat” because of his agility and cunning.
RIALTO BRIDGE Red Wines: Merlot, Cabernet, Raboso and Refosco
Venice’s chief executive was a Duke, Venice’s most famous bridge arched high over
the Grand Canal so that war galleys could sail It is always recommended that you drink bottled
or Doge, an elected official with under it; the area around the Rialto is popular water while in port.
sweeping powers over life and death. for shopping
TIPPING
SAN GIORGIO MAGGIORE Suggested tipping is 10 percent for good service.
Assisting the Doge was the Grand Masterpiece of church architecture designed SOME USEFUL WORDS
Council, elected from the wealthiest fami- by Andrea Palladio and located on the island
of San Giorgio Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Si
lies of the city, and the far more powerful No . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No
Council of Ten. Known also as the Black SANTA MARIA DELLA SALUTE Please . . . . . . . . . . . . Per favore
Huge, white, domed 17th-century Baroque Thank you . . . . . . . . Grazie
Counselors because of their dark clothing, church designed by Longhena
Good morning . . . . . Buon giorno
members of the Ten watched over security
SCALZI BRIDGE PRINCESS CRUISES AGENTS
for the Republic with a network of spies One of three bridges that span the Grand Canal
In case of emergency while you are ashore,
and secret agents. Inside the palace is the TORRE DELL’OROLOGIO - CLOCK TOWER please contact:
model of a “Lion’s Mouth” where written Commanding 15th-century clock with its
BASSANI S.P.A.
famous Moors, giant bronze figures who have
notes denouncing traitors could be been striking the hour for five centuries San Basilio/Santa Marta
left secretly and anonymously for the Fabbricato 17
Venezia
Counselors. Criminal judgments that THESE SITES CAN BE FOUND ON THE ITALY
the Ten imposed did not require the MAP AT THE BACK OF THIS GUIDE Venice gondola Telephone: 39-041-522-2744
Telefax: 39-041-523-0336
presence of the accused. Sentences were
carried out immediately, and were not
Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge Note: The information in this port guide is subject to change without notice. We apologize for any inconvenience,
subject to appeal. but Princess Cruises cannot accept responsibility for any such alterations. Thank you.
Adventures Ashore Port Guide ~ Venice
®
Places of Interest Practical Information

ACCADEMIA BRIDGE - DOCKING PUBLIC SERVICES
Greek cross with several eastern domes, The graceful Bridge of Sighs links the beginning in 1292. The island of Burano ACADEMY BRIDGE Your Princess ship docks in Venice at either Banks: Most banks are open Monday through
One of three bridges that span the Grand Canal the Marittima Station berth or the Riva Sette Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
the Basilica is so richly decorated that it is Doge’s Palace with the dark old prison is a delightful fishing community with Maritime berth.
ACCADEMIA GALLERY - Museums: Hours and closing days vary greatly,
called the “golden church.” The acoustics building, on the far side of the Rio de cheerfully painted houses. Lacemaking ACADEMY GALLERY MOTORLAUNCH SERVICE but most are open Monday through Saturday
inside are so intricate and unique, that Palazzo. The name comes from the small is a well established craft here. Venice’s most important art museum with an When docked at the Marittima Station berth, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Some reopen in the
windows on the bridge, providing the last extraordinary collection of Venetian paintings Princess offers motorlaunch service to and from a afternoon and are open Sunday as well.
musical works by Venetian composers like
direct sunlight that prisoners might feel Brenta Canal BASILICA SAN MARCO -
drop-off location along Riva degli Schiavoni within Shops: Usually open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Vivaldi and Monteverdi do not sound the walking distance of St. Mark's Square. A charge of
On the way to Padua, on the mainland, ST. MARK’S BASILICA and from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m., and are closed Sunday
same when performed elsewhere. for many years, perhaps forever. A masterpiece of Venetian-Byzantine architecture $10 per person will be automatically placed onto and Monday morning. Many tourist-oriented shops,
you will pass the so-called Brenta Riviera, and one of Europe’s most beautiful churches your shipboard account. Any passenger not wishing however, are open all day, every day.
The four bronze horses above the central Away from the huge Square, a ride on the a series of opulent villas built along the to utilize this service should return their unused
CA' REZZONICO Water Shuttle Pass to the Purser’s Desk or Tour Post Office: The main branch at Rialto Bridge
doorway were among the prizes brought Grand Canal will reveal some of the more Brenta Canal. Palladio built the Villa Former Grand Canal Palace that now houses Office prior to the last evening of the cruise. Please is open Monday through Saturday from 8:15 a.m.
“ordinary” Venetian palaces and churches, the museum of 18th century Venice to 4:30 p.m.
from the Hippodrome in Constantinople. Foscari in 1574. A member of the Foscari refer to the Princess Patter and the Venice City Map
and they are uniformly splendid. The tall for more information.
They are antique bronze sculptures, once family banished his wife there, giving it the CAMPANILE - BELL TOWER PROPER ATTIRE
Rialto Bridge, in the heart of the business Offers panoramic views of Venice and its SHORE EXCURSION DEPARTURES Please wear proper attire ashore when planning
considered the work of the ancient genius nickname La Malcontenta. Lord Byron also surroundings to visit churches, cathedrals and other sacred places.
district, is intentionally arched to allow Passengers will meet at a specific location for each
Praxiteles. Anyone who climbs the tall, stayed there during his travels. The Villa shore excursion departure. Please refer to your tour Shorts for both men and women are considered
fully armed galleys to pass underneath. GRAND CANAL
graceful Campanile or bell tower will Two-mile-long main canal that winds through ticket and the Princess Patter for the correct place improper. Women should also cover their bare
Pisani at Stra shows some of Tiepolo’s finest shoulders.
have a wonderful panorama of the Venice’s large Jewish community was Venice; it has an average depth of nine feet and and time. Your Shore Excursion staff will be at that
concentrated on the island known as painting, as well as remarkable gardens. varies from 40 to 76 yards in width location to assist you.
entire city, which is shaped like a lute. LOCAL CUISINE - Food Specialties
Ghetto, and flourished because of the GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM VAPORETTOS Pasta and seafood make up much of Venetian fare.
Padua Small but choice gallery of 20th-century The local transport system for Venice are the Recommended foods include:
To the right of the Basilica you will many commercial contacts all over the The city of Padua became Venetian painting and sculpture located in the heiress’s vaporettos. There are numerous landing stages and Pasta e fagoli: Classic first course of thick bean
find a smaller extension of the square Mediterranean. The term “ghetto” for in 1405, and contributed much to the former residence ticket booths along the Grand Canal and around soup with pasta
called the Piazzetta or the “Broglio” a Jewish quarter originated in Venice. the Venetian Lagoon. Local currency will be needed
Republic. It is actually an old University PALAZZO DUCALE - DOGE’S PALACE Risotto: A creamy rice dish cooked with vegetables
An important museum, this Gothic-Renaissance to purchase tickets for the vaporettos. For more
(the Intrigue), since entry was restricted center, where Dante, Petrarch, Copernicus, information, inquire at www.actv.it or shellfish
Venetian Islands pink and white marble palace was both the
to noblemen each day for two hours and Tasso studied, and Galileo was a former residence of the dukes (doges) of Venice SHOPPING Bigoli: A local favorite, this pasta is made of whole
Further offshore are the fascinating islands and the seat of Venetian government
before noon. It was the ideal time Venice offers a dazzling array of shops and window wheat and usually served with a salty tonno or tuna
of the Venetian Lagoon. Torcello was professor. The town is also known for displays. You’ll find good buys in: Glass Famous sauce; it’s often an accompaniment to fegato alla
and place to exchange gossip and PIAZZA SAN MARCO - ST. MARK’S SQUARE
actually established as a lagoon settlement St. Anthony of Padua who died here The heart of Venice and the site of many of Murano glassware Jewelry Beautiful pieces in all veneziana, Venetian-style liver and onions
hatch intricate plots. To the left of its most famous landmarks varieties; finely crafted gold and silver Fashion Rich
earlier than Venice, and traces of its in 1231, though he was born in Lisbon. Tiramisu: A heavenly Venetian dessert made of
the Basilica is the commanding Clock leather goods and fine silk scarves, shawls, blouses creamy cheese, coffee and chocolate with pound cake
prosperity remain. The romanesque The Basilica dedicated to him is an PIAZZETTA SAN MARCO and ties. Lace Handmade by the women of Burano
Tower, with its large 15th-century Church of Santa Fosca was built on an Landing stage for boats into St. Mark’s Square. Distinctive gifts Paper-mache theatrical and carnival Drink Specialties - Venice is a great place for wine
imposing church, built in a transition
dial with signs of the zodiac. octagonal pattern in the 11th-century. PONTE DEI SOSPIRI - BRIDGE OF SIGHS
masks; velvet gondolier slippers with rope soles; and tasting. Visit some of the city’s many wine shops,
style somewhere between Romanesque gondolier straw hats with colored bands. The best where you can enjoy a sample along with cichetti,
The bridge connecting the Doge’s Palace with
The Palace of the Doges became the Nearby is the Cathedral, with a wonderful and Gothic, with a trace of Byzantine the ancient prison places to shop are along the Merceria, around the assorted tidbits which are often a meal in themselves.
inlaid pavement, Greek marble columns, Rialto and on the Strada Nuova. Please refer to Fine local wines include:
heart of Venetian government from influence as well. Donatello’s bronze statue PRINCESS WATER SHUTTLE PIER the Venice City Map for specific locations.
and some very fine Byzantine mosaics. White Wines: Tocai and Pinot from the Friuli
the 9th-century, even though the present in the square honor the Venetian general A motor launch shuttle will operate round region, both dry; Prosecco, a naturally fermented
trip from the ship to a drop-off location within
Venetian-Gothic masterpiece was not The island of Murano once had a Gattamelata, a nickname meaning “tabby walking distance of St. Mark's Square sparkling wine; and Cartizze, considered by many
constructed until the 14th-century. to be a superior Prosecco
near monopoly on fine blown glass, cat” because of his agility and cunning.
RIALTO BRIDGE Red Wines: Merlot, Cabernet, Raboso and Refosco
Venice’s chief executive was a Duke, Venice’s most famous bridge arched high over
the Grand Canal so that war galleys could sail It is always recommended that you drink bottled
or Doge, an elected official with under it; the area around the Rialto is popular water while in port.
sweeping powers over life and death. for shopping
TIPPING
SAN GIORGIO MAGGIORE Suggested tipping is 10 percent for good service.
Assisting the Doge was the Grand Masterpiece of church architecture designed SOME USEFUL WORDS
Council, elected from the wealthiest fami- by Andrea Palladio and located on the island
of San Giorgio Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Si
lies of the city, and the far more powerful No . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No
Council of Ten. Known also as the Black SANTA MARIA DELLA SALUTE Please . . . . . . . . . . . . Per favore
Huge, white, domed 17th-century Baroque Thank you . . . . . . . . Grazie
Counselors because of their dark clothing, church designed by Longhena
Good morning . . . . . Buon giorno
members of the Ten watched over security
SCALZI BRIDGE PRINCESS CRUISES AGENTS
for the Republic with a network of spies One of three bridges that span the Grand Canal
In case of emergency while you are ashore,
and secret agents. Inside the palace is the TORRE DELL’OROLOGIO - CLOCK TOWER please contact:
model of a “Lion’s Mouth” where written Commanding 15th-century clock with its
BASSANI S.P.A.
famous Moors, giant bronze figures who have
notes denouncing traitors could be been striking the hour for five centuries San Basilio/Santa Marta
left secretly and anonymously for the Fabbricato 17
Venezia
Counselors. Criminal judgments that THESE SITES CAN BE FOUND ON THE ITALY
the Ten imposed did not require the MAP AT THE BACK OF THIS GUIDE Venice gondola Telephone: 39-041-522-2744
Telefax: 39-041-523-0336
presence of the accused. Sentences were
carried out immediately, and were not
Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge Note: The information in this port guide is subject to change without notice. We apologize for any inconvenience,
subject to appeal. but Princess Cruises cannot accept responsibility for any such alterations. Thank you.
venice_SHXPRTGDE_0001

V E N I C E
Adventures Ashore Port Guide ®
Where Waters Rich with Historical
Importance Carve Out a Unique Culture
The bewitching city of Venice has always years, the treachery of the over-eager
considered itself to be “married” to the sea. Venetians has poisoned relations between
Overseas commerce and investment made the two peoples ever since. It also became
the metropolis wealthy and powerful, and a major source of the great rift between
much of the city’s unique charm comes the Eastern and Western Christian
from the reduced noise and slower pace Churches, which continues to this day.
of life along the canals. But don’t be
deceived; the Venetians are second to Today Venice spans 118 islands, with
none in their astuteness, vigor, and a well-planned web of 150 canals and
capacity for hard work. 400 bridges. Although the motorboat,
or vaporetto, is well accepted today, the
Venice was founded originally by refugees gondola is the more traditional means of
from the mainland seeking a safe haven transportation. A surprisingly agile craft,
from the Huns, then later from the Franks each gondola is lovingly built like a piece
between the 5th- and 8th-centuries. At one of fine furniture, sometimes requiring
ITALY time Venice controlled Cyprus, Crete, and more than a year to complete. Gondoliers
AT A GLANCE
much of southern Greece. Centuries of belong to a centuries-old guild, steeped
naval warfare with the Ottoman Turks cost in tradition, and are quite adept at
SIZE: 116,303 square miles, Venice control of those areas, but they moving their boats easily with a single oar.
about the size of Florida and didn’t lose their commercial edge until The tall mooring poles with distinctive
Georgia combined. Napoleon abolished the Republic in 1797. spiral striping are the original models
POPULATION: 57,772,000, about
for barber poles.
Because of its strategic location at the
one-fourth the U.S. population head of the Adriatic Sea, Venice quickly One thing that strikes you immediately
LANGUAGE: Italian became a transit port for trade between is the wide use of Venice’s characteristic
central Europe and everywhere in the emblem, the winged lion of St. Mark the
CAPITAL: Rome Mediterranean, but especially the Holy Evangelist. The saint’s bones were brought
TYPE OF GOVERNMENT: Republic
Land. Much of the commercial and from Alexandria in 823, and reburied
military traffic during the Crusades was with honor in the Basilica. Symbol of the
CURRENCY: Euro, formerly carried by Venetian ships, which acquired patron saint of Venice, St. Mark’s lion has
Italian Lire untold wealth for the city’s merchants. been used to identify outlying possessions
The Crusaders also helped to expand the of the city ever since, and is found all over
TIME ZONE: GMT +2
land controlled by the Republic to islands the eastern Mediterranean.
and coastal enclaves along the Balkan
peninsula and the Aegean Sea. The heart of Venice centers around
St. Mark’s Square, which has been called
ABOUT YOUR PORT GUIDE In 1204, the Venetian Doge Enrico “a great, marble salon” open to the sky.
This is your guide to Venice, specially
Dandolo led a powerful army to The piazza is huge yet harmonious, with
prepared by Princess Cruises. This guide Constantinople and captured it from covered galleries all around, sheltering
is intended to assist you if you are on a the Byzantine Empire. Some of Venice’s luxury shops and cafes.
shore excursion, touring independently greatest artworks and treasures were
or doing both. violently looted from the East at that The Basilica San Marco was built in
830 to accommodate St. Mark’s tomb,
Venice
Please note that the information provided is time, and triumphantly brought home
general in nature and is subject to change. as booty. Although the Greeks were able and then rebuilt during the 11th-century
to recapture their city within just a few in its present Byzantine style. Built as a

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