The 19th century British poet Arthur Symons once said of Venice, "A realist, in Venice, would become a romantic by mere faithfulness to what he saw before him."

So if you feel that life at home has become a little too 'real' for you, a trip to Venice may be exactly what you need to re-ignite your passion for travel, art, love or whatever else inspires you. As inspirational places go, Venice has more than its fair share of artistic and architectural wonders, all connected by the network of canals that flow through it like the lifeblood of the city.

Yet, the canals of Venice are not merely the quaint waterways of romantic gondola rides, but rather a crucial part of everyday Venetian life, where you will see businessman on their way to meetings, family days out and much more besides.

Visit Venice to see the famous sights like the Piazza San Marco, the Rialto Bridge and the Doge's Palace, but spare a moment to reflect on the true star attraction of the city, the canals themselves.

Where is it?
In the far North East of Italy, Venice is a relatively small city perched upon 118 little islands that make up one of the most visited destinations in the world.

What is it?
Venice is a city built on a lagoon, a truly beautiful and iconic place that is instantly recognisable and very difficult to forget.

Best time to visit?
Avoid Venice in the height of summer, as temperatures rise so too does the humidity and mosquito population. Early spring or autumn are much better options and are less crowded too.

Must see?
You cannot return from Venice until you have spent some time people watching in Piazza San Marco! Enjoy the magnificent Doge's Palace and visit the Rialto Market to see the famous bridge and pick up a few souvenirs.

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