Imagine finding yourself surrounded by canals and the feeling of being in a “floating city” that rests on the water thanks to the expertise and talent of Italy's best-known architects. You'll be in awe of the history that has seeped into everything around you. With the dense network of canals that connect narrow streets, charming neighborhoods and ancient squares, you'll know you are in Venice. The typical noise of city traffic is replaced by the sound of flowing water while gondolas and boats take the place of your usual taxi. Getting lost in this maze of streets, canals and beautiful buildings is the best way to discover the charm of the city that Italians call "La Serenissima". Your first visit to Venice will make you fall hopelessly in love with the city and you will want to come back in order to experience and once again be a part of such a surreal place, where past and present coexist and feed off on one another. Although it still has an intense bond with its history, Venice also shows brilliance and foresight in the field of art and architecture.
Piazza San Marco and its magnificent Basilica are timeless symbols of the city, today as much as in the past. They testify the financial and maritime power of the ancient Venetian Republic and represent the ideal starting point for a tour of the city, together with the Palazzo Ducale and the Bridge of Sighs.
Do not miss the wonderful Ca' d'Oro, Gothic structure dating back to the fifteenth century and situated in the Cannaregio district, the famous Rialto Bridge as the financial center of the city, the ghetto and the Jewish Museum, Ca' Rezzonico and the Museum of the Eighteenth century, and the extraordinary Peggy Guggenheim Collection.