It’s okay to admit it – there’s just no place like Venice

Small Italian courtesies go a long way in Venice – per piacere or per favore mean “please” and grazie is “thank you.”
Romance, history, art, and the world’s most iconic city canals – there’s nowhere in the world quite like Venice. Whether it’s your first or fourth visit, here are some of the port’s most amazing features.

Iconic Sights
It’s no secret that some of the world’s most iconic sights can be found in Venice. The Doge’s Palace, Piazza San Marco, Basilica di San Marco and the Grand Canal are obvious must-sees, along with the lovely Bridge of Sighs. For world-class artwork, pay a visit to the Gallerie dell’Accademia, with a collection spanning the 14th to 18th centuries, or the Peggy Guggenheim Collection for 20th-century masterpieces. And while we know it’s touristy, a boat or gondola ride on the canals is a must for unique perspectives of the city – particularly if it’s at sunset, and with someone special.

Off-the-Beaten-Path
Even if it’s not your first time in Venice, there’s still plenty in the area to enjoy. Head to the island of Murano to get an inside look at the art of glass-making. See the technique in action and visit shops and galleries selling stunning pieces. On the island of Burano, a charming and colorful village awaits, especially well-known for handmade lace. Lavish Giudecca is the exclusive island where Venice’s wealthy have homes. Attractions on the island include the super-luxe Hotel Cipriani and the 16th-century Chiesa del Redentore. Views of Venice from this island are truly breathtaking.

Venetian Eats
People-watching in the Piazza takes place at two famous cafes: Caffe Florian and Gran Ristorante Quadri. Harry’s Bar, birthplace of the Bellini, is another popular, if pricey, attraction. But for something more local, a favorite is Ca’ d’Oro, serving Venetian cuisine such as schie fritte (fried gray lagoon shrimp) and cicheti (small appetizers of meat or fish). Meanwhile, the small Dalla Marisa revolves around seasonal specialties, such as game and fowl in winter and fish dishes in summer. Other favorite delicacies of the city that you’ll see on many menus include sarde in saor (fresh sardines fried and marinated), baccala (salt cod), risotto of all kinds, crab, and squid.

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