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Venice is one of the most magical cities in the world. It has captured the heart, mind and imagination of many writers, poets and artists. It is also one of the world’s most tourist destinations. Here are 6 reasons why you need to visit Venice:

Venice is unique

It is built on over 100 islands. No other city can boast such a magnificent main street as Venice: The Grand Canal, a backwards “S” sweep of water, flowing between mighty churches and historic buildings of breathtaking beauty. There are more than 400 bridges in Venice and no cars at all so you need to walk or take a ferry everywhere you go.

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You can lose yourself in Venice

The maze of narrow streets and alleys that lead to beautiful things around every corner can be completely overwhelming but amazing at the same time. You run into echoing canals, luxury hotels, art galleries, the list is endless.

Ride in a gondola

For centuries, gondolas were the main transportation of the city. They are now the highlight for the many tourists that visit Venice. You can pass through hidden canals and see everything from a different prospective as your gondolier poles the craft over the water and gives you a guided tour.

Try the best cicchetti and Spritz

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Cicchetti are local tapas dishes like creamy codfish, fried vegetables and little meatballs. Spritz is a cocktail made with Prosecco, Aperol, sparkling water and slices of orange. It is very cheap and usually also served with an olive.

Piazza San Marco is one of the best squares in Europe

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You definitely have to see it by night to appreciate its beauty and magic. Surrounded by tons of little lights and facing the beautiful St Mark’s Basilica, you will feel like you’re in a fairytale.

Floods are a normal occurrence

Venice is the only city where it’s normal if the tide is high and water is everywhere, even in shops and buildings. People are used to it. They just wear gumboots A LOT.

Now are you ready to book a flight to Venice and see one of the most wonderful cities in the world?

By Erika Cucchiara