One of Italy’s true gems, Venice is a city so beautiful, the entire city itself has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.
With over a thousand years of history behind it, the so-called “Floating City” has seen everything from serving as the epicenter of a powerful principality to a long, unexpected decline. In the modern era, Venice is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world and a perpetual tourist draw. And why not? Every building, every winding road, every canal is like a work of art unto itself. There’s great food, amazing music and incredible shopping.
Venice has a population of just over 250,000, with those numbers swelling during the peak tourist season. There’s so much to do and see, you can literally start and end anywhere. Major points to visit include the iconic Piazza San Marco and its attendant St. Mark’s Basilica. Take a spin on a gondola through the charming canals. Take a boat taxi through the Grand Canal for a grandiose view of the city. Cross the legendary Bridge of Sighs and ponder upon its history. Marvel at the grandeur of the Doge’s Palace, a symbol of local royalty since the 1300s. And take in an aria in the famous La Fenice opera house.