With hundreds of canals, 17th-century stone buildings on top of boat garages, narrow cobblestone streets and nary a car in sight, Venice is without a doubt one of the most enthralling cities in the world. Built on 117 islands, this Italian city was once a major center for trade and military power. While the full-time population has shrunk to around ... Read more
60,000, the historic city sees 50 times that number in annual visitors. Venice's touristic heart centers around St. Mark’s Square, a large piazza where pigeons and tourists jostle for space (especially in overcrowded July and August). The piazza's basilica is cavernous and known primarily for its centuries-old mosaics. For a 360-degree view of the city, take the elevator to the top of St. Mark’s Campanile. Gondola rides have become almost synonymous with a trip to Venice, but the vaporetto, or water bus, is a less expensive, more local option to experience this water city from a different perspective. Hotels along the Grand Canal are worth a splurge, so take this into consideration when booking. Make your visit to Venice soon – this UNESCO World Heritage Site is endangered--it's literally sinking.

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The trade off for prime al fresco dining weather in Venice is the crowds. As a general rule, the earlier you go in the warm season, the better the chance you’ll have of finding a good hotel deal and fewer ... Read more
tourists and mosquitos. Both the mercury and the number of visitors peak in July and August. By fall, the downside of having a city surrounded by water kicks in: acqua alta (high water) flooding occurs most frequently during the cooler months. That said, even if you have to pack galoshes or bug repellant, Venice is enchanting at any time of year. For a truly unique experience, plan a visit for Carnival in late February/early March when the city's historic mask tradition is on full display. As the event attracts millions of visitors each year, planning well in advance is a must.

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You can get a day trip from Medulin (Coach to Pula then fastboat ride to Venice and back). A great day out but an early start and late finish.

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Bronx

From all the places in the world , the city of water is one of the many wonders needed in your list as a traveler to have seen anything beautiful in your life !!

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Houston

I loved Venice! But it is a bit pricey and a bit smelly in the summer. However, nothing beats sitting in a coffee shop while overlooking the water.

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Brooklyn

Venice is spectacular but, sadly, also completely overrun with visitors. A little pre-planning will make your trip much more enjoyable. Get away from San Marco.

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Miami

Venice is extremely beautiful with many surprises around each corner. While there can be some areas with many tourists, the best part about the city is wandering the canals and tiny alleys. Each street has its own selection of small shops, cafes, and bars to have a glass of wine and some aperitivo.

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Padua

Maybe it is my favourite city! It is unique and completely different from wathever I could find elsewhere. It is a romantic and crowded city, with many interesting places to visit, from churches to museums. Also a simple walk always turns in a fantastic experience, among water, fantastic buildings. Venice is always beautiful, even with fog. In this case it becames really mysterious. There are plenty of beautiful hotels, restaurants and shops. Also the islands around are worth for a daily trip. murano for glasses, Burano for the coloured houses and laces, Torcello as the first settlement of the lagoon, Lido for its beautiful beaches and international cinema exhibition in september.every time I go I found out something new.

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Los Angeles

Beautiful city but veey expensive compared to other cities in italy. Must do gondola ride, st Mark's square, rialto bridge and just getting lost in the city!

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Westmalle

I had an amazing experience in Venice! I love the smell of the sea in the air, in combination with the city with its narrow streets... Love it!

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Hawthorne

There's no place like Venice. I recommend you seeing it with your main squeeze! Very romantic and a sensory delight.

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San Jose

I visited it winter time and still found it amazingly beautiful. Warmer than I thought and fewer tourists. So I don't mind going back during off season again.

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