A serious contender for the most beautiful city in the world, Venice is as unforgettable as it is unusual. A shining triumph of romance over reason, the city of canals isn’t bothered with innovation, remaining unchanged for centuries. The capital of the Veneto region is one of the few cities you must visit in your lifetime; seeing the Canal Grande at sundown is a joy you won’t soon forget. Keep in mind that Venice sees an unreasonable amount of tourist traffic, all year round. So, plan on sharing your visit with the crowds.

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