- At Night
Known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Venice, the city of canals, invites no comparison. Its medieval canals and narrow streets are as instantly recognizable as its trademark boats, the gondolas, piloted by their famous gondoliers.
Venice is the world’s only purely pedestrian city, and the complete absence of automobiles and the ubiquitous 16th-century architecture conspire to transport you back in time. St. Mark’s Basilica, at the head of the Piazza San Marco, is the epicenter of the city.
The bustling expanse of the Grand Canal messily bisects the city and is the main thoroughfare for gondolas and Venice’s typical waterbuses, the vaporetti. If you’re in the mood for a day trip, the nearby islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello offer respite from summer crowds.