The timeless city of canals remains one of the most enchanting cities in Europe thanks to its architecture, cuisine and vibrant arts scene. Built on 118 small islands connected by bridges, crisscrossed with narrow alleyways that open on to ancient campos, Venice is one of the world’s most otherworldly cities. Linked by canals instead of roads, Venetians get around the city via boat, adding to the mystique of the ornate palazzos, built when it was one of the most powerful and wealthy cities in the world.

Venice was a maritime power and financial hub during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Today, it’s more a centre for tourism than commerce. When you settle into a spot on the Ponte dell’Accademia as golden hour sets over the city, hear a Vivaldi concerto emanating from a stately palace or venture to the Castello neighbourhood where locals go about their daily life, you’ll see Venice is still far from sinking.

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The Grand Canal

Think of the Grand Canal, lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces that were once owned by noble Venetian families, as Venice’s Park Avenue. The spectacular former residences are best viewed from the water. Hop on a vaporetto—a water bus that stops at various locations along the canal including the Rialto Mercado; book a private water taxi or explore by black-lacquered gondola, one of the top things to do in Venice.

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