Venice was a major maritime power throughout the Middle Ages. Built on 117 islands, it dominated the Adriatic and traded far beyond.
You can still witness a centuries-old tradition when the Mayor drops a ring into the lagoon, wedding the city to the sea. The best way to get onto the water is to take a vaporetto. Make sure to visit Murano and see the bautiful glass workshops. Venice is one of the world’s most atmospheric cities. Find a quiet bridge away from the crowds – most people don’t stray far from Piazza San Marco – and listen to the lapping water. Visit St Mark’s Basilica and see the golden mosaics glittering dimly or spoil yourself with a romantic gondola ride.