This weekend we are visiting the beautiful city of Venice. Situated in the Veneto region of Italy, Venice is built on more than 100 small islands, surrounded by the Adriatic Sea. This historic city has a population of just under 60,000 people and attracts over 20 million visitors a year.

Once labelled as “the most breathtaking city on earth”, she greeted us with two hours of pouring rain as we strolled down the streets, admiring her beauty. We started our journey from the north and made our way down to San Marco, stopping in Saint Mark’s Square where you can see some of the city’s best architecture, including the stunning Saint Mark’s Basilica. Across from the Basilica is the city’s famous bell tower, and just around the corner is the Doge’s Palace. From there, it took only a few minutes to walk to one of the world’s great aquatic thoroughfares, The Grand Canal. Here, we found another famous landmark that is the oldest of the Grand Canal’s four crossings, the Rialto Bridge, which today still serves as the gateway to the Rialto Markets.  The Grand Canal stretches about 2.5 miles through the city and the best way to explore Venice is in true Venician style – by gondola.

Venice is a city to get lost in and the best way to get around is to put your map and phone away, and let her surprise you…