Venice, Italy - the magnificent city built upon water.
Once one of the world's most powerful and richest Republics, today it is one of our greatest tourist destinations and attractions. An estimated 50,000 visitors flood Venice every single day, not surprising given there are so many different reasons to visit Venice:
...to marvel at its unique architecture and engineering marvels
...to visit its many important museums and collections of artwork
...to sample unique Venetian cuisine and explore the different islands of the Venetian lagoon
...to experience history by riding a gondola or visiting the Doge's Palace
...to shop for exquisite goods such as Murano glass and Burano lace
...to simply enjoy a romantic getaway in one of the most beautiful places on Earth!
To share all of Venice's lengthy history and reasons to visit would take many volumes of written text (and indeed, countless books have been written on the subject.) My goal here is to simply share some of my own experiences in Venice, along with my recommendations and tips for visitors. What began as a simple overview of Venice for tourists is now being expanded into a series of linked articles, exploring the best sights and attractions of Venezia, tips on experiencing Venice on a budget, and also what day trips are worth the journey to other islands in the lagoon or in the Veneto. Please check back regularly as I continue to expand and improve upon this resource for visitors to Venezia!