What: Italy’s surreal city, built around a canal network and now almost uninhabited by locals.
Where: north-west Italian coast.
Top Notch: espresso, numerous monuments (provided crowds are less busy), side-streets, character, the Grand Canal.
Snapshot: Tourists, tourists, tourists. Iconic landmarks such as The Rialto Bridge, The Doge Palace and Saint Mark’s Basilica must be visited early or late in the day to avoid heaving crowds. Escape the throngs down empty and equally authentic side-streets. Enjoy coffee, street-pizza and sunset over the Grand Canal.