Venice, Italy

Italy's city of canals is romantic, friendly, exciting, artsy, delicious and most of all, unique. Characterized by winding streets and waterways, visitors explore on foot or by water taxi, as no cars are permitted on the island. Narrow streets wind through the city, leading walkers through boutique stores selling local crafted goods and restaurants serving up authentic Northern Italian cuisine. Unlike many cities, the local Venetians live right in the city and you can wander the streets watching daily life unfold. St. Mark's square is the hub of activity in Venice. Just standing in the piazza and taking in the elaborate architecture and bustling activity can be a captivating experience. St. Mark's Cathedral, the famous clock tower and the shops and outdoor cafes are which frame the square provide the quintessential Italian experience.