No matter how often you've seen it in photos and films, the real thing is more dreamlike than you could imagine.
Each time I visit Venice, I discover and see another aspect of its beauty.
With canals where streets should be, water shimmers everywhere. The fabulous palaces and churches reflect centuries of history in what was a wealthy trading center between Europe and the Orient.
Getting lost in the narrow alleyways is a quintessential part of exploring Venice, but at some point you'll almost surely end up in Piazza San Marco, where tourists and locals congregate for a coffee or an aperitif.
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