Overview

It’s the city on water, a bastion of art, culture, and seafood, a mystical, well-preserved, tourist-transformed shell of century-old grandeur. Venice is well-visited for a reason: it’s magical. Both in the glimmering interior of the Basilica di San Marco and at the edge of the city where you find yourself alone with sky and sea, Venice has an enchantment all its own that proves its place in the pantheon of Italian cities. Sure the overpriced gelato, crowds of ignorant tourists, and endless parades of fake Prada bags may make you sick and remind you of modern world realities. But as you meander along the maze of streets with a willingness to get lost, you will find that the old museum-turned palaces, 16th-century bridges, and unexplored alleyways built on 118 wood-piled islands truly make Venice unlike any other place in the world. Whether it is the myth of gorgeous gondoliers or the allure of a future Atlantis, Venice is undeniably a must on your journey through Italy.

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The Venice Top 5

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  • Basilica di San Marco

    Golden domes, frescoes by the Renaissance masters, and endless rows of marble statues all have tourists craning their heads back in awe, which makes for some of the least flattering poses with jaws dropped, tongues hanging out, and hair gravitating to the floor as if just shot with a tranquilizer.

  • Ca' Rezzonico

    As you enter the Egidio Martini Picture Gallery, you’ll be greeted by paintings of strong, intelligent babies. One is walking a hyena-cougar morph on a leash, another is playing a trumpet bigger than him, and others are examining mind-boggling instruments fit for the great minds of Aristotle and Sophocles.

  • Grand Canal

    That canal in Venice. No, not that one. Or that one. The enormous, grand one. Yes.

  • Ca' D'Oro

    Bonus points if you can pick out the painting of two strong men standing like two teenage girls posing for a photo with their butts sticking out, a sight that even bleeding Jesus finds disgusting.

  • Peggy Guggenheim Collection

    While most of us go from country to country collecting ticket stubs, magnets and backpacking pains, Peggy Guggenheim chose a more sophisticated route by meeting artists and promoting their works.

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