There is no need to write a lot about Venice. It’s unique. Yes, that may be cliché to say, but once you see the city on the water for yourself, you’ll surely agree. Step off of the Santa Lucia train station and the breathtaking Grand Canal will soon greet you. Romantic gondolas carrying smitten couples glide through the web of the city’s many waterways, and gondola drivers are known to sing when the moment feels right. On land, narrow passageways twist past Old World storefronts and residences, and over bridges.
The tour guides at Saint Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace give some great historical insight; the Gallerie dell’Accademia hangs works by Titian, Veronese and other famed Venetians. You can also travel to nearby islands like Lido for the beach, Murano for the well-known glass and Burano for its lace.