The historic lagoon city of Venice stands on several islands joined together by a multitude of bridges, and a canal system in place of streets.
The palaces that lie along the Grand Canal represent Venetian power and influence over the centuries. Gothic building artistry and Baroque affluence meet head-on in this grand and noble city which overflows with nostalgia.
Less than an hour by boat from Venice is Burano, where fishing and lace-making prevail and Murano, famous for its glass-blowers.
Three golden centuries of peace and prosperity made Venice into a glamorous, fairytale city like no other. One hundred twenty churches, 400 bridges, this watery landscape is without equal. The 11th century Basilica Di San Marco, known as the 'Golden Basilica', is supported by 2,500 granite and marble pillars and lined by buildings of many different eras;the Piazzi Di San Marco is surely one of the most famous squares in the world. And there's Carnival, too, a chance to wear a mask of Casanova, as well a good excuse for food and wine.
Napoleon described Venice as 'Europe's most beautiful meeting place'. He was right!