Explore Venice’s Hidden Corners
If you have only one day in Venice
before or after your cruise, you’ll likely want to head straight to the city’s most famous sights, like St. Mark’s Basilica and its square, the Doge’s Palace, and the Rialto Bridge over the Grand Canal. When you have the luxury of several days in Venice, however, you can also add some of the less-frequented corners to your itinerary: Piazzale Roma, which is located northwest of the heart of Venice; the Campo San Polo, one of the city’s oldest squares; and the Fondaco dei Tedeschi (seen here), a luxurious store that showcases leading Italian designers, which has undergone a remarkable restoration by starchitect Rem Koolhaas’ firm, OMA. While Azamara’s Secrets of Venice Walking Tour
will lead you to some of precious overlooked gems, you’ll want to leave some time to find others on your own, like the Basilica of Saints John and Paul, an outstanding example of Gothic architecture in Venice.