Not surprisingly, the city is a UNESCO Heritage Site and it is made up of 118 islands with 177 canals winding their way between the beautiful Venetian buildings.
Around 400 bridges help connect everything together. One of the most famous is the Rialto Bridge, which is the oldest of the four bridges to span the Grand Canal, dating back to 1591. Venice is an easy city to explore on foot or on the water using water taxis and, of course, the famous and romantic gondolas.
The Grand Canal itself is well worth a trip down. You can take the vaporetto canal bus, soaking up the sights of the ornate buildings, which bring to life the famous Canaletto paintings of the city. Or take a gondola ride on the lagoon and enjoy the water in the unique Venetian style.
Explore the many squares, churches, markets and piazzas. By day the city is very busy with huge crowds of day trippers. However, by the time evening falls, many have left, leaving the city to those who choose to stay over. And it is in the evenings you'll experience the real charm of the city and the romance with which it is associated.
If you want to escape the history and find some sun, sand and sea then the Lido de Jesolo is only a few kilometres or thirty minutes by ferry. With its long stretch of golden sands you can combine the culture of Venice with a more traditional day by the seaside, or stay in one of the many hotels that line the seafront. It makes a unique trip from the city.