This unique city is destined to charm. The omnipresent glistening waterways instead of streets create a surreal setting, and the magnificent palaces, squares and churches testify to the history of the small but influential and wealthy trading empire and maritime power that Venice used to be for many centuries.
The city itself was audaciously built on the marshy Venetian lagoon and is seemingly floating on water, with boats going about and all around the city. With pastel colored buildings, canals and bridges, the views are universally romantic and picturesque wherever you look, as Venice is packed with rich and diverse architecture, the most famous being the Byzantine and Ottoman influenced Venetian Gothic style.
Venice enjoys a humid subtropical climate, giving both cool winters and very warm summers, and though the city never has a shortage of visitors and can feel crowded at times, quiet spots are usually just a turn away. Besides the city's main water arteries, the quarters are also lined with many small, narrow streets and passageways with hidden squares, architectural gems, cozy bars and restaurants offering some great lagoon agriculture produce, seafood and wine.
And best of all – Venice has an absolutely bedazzling and slightly mystical illusionist vibe to it with it’s iconic Carnival, buildings occasionally vanishing in fog, whole streets disappearing on high tides, gondolas still gliding around and an array of small touches and details that take you straight back in time.