Racing from the Marco Polo Airport towards the Grand Canal via water taxi enhanced the excitement on my first visit to Venice, but nothing prepared me for the beauty of this romantic city.
Describe as the 'Queen of the Adriatic' Venice is an archipelago of 118 islands divided by 180 canals, there are no roads for cars in the area that tourists call Venice, just beautiful medieval laneways connected by 450 footbridges. Venice is a pedestrian city and the main transport is by 'vaporetto' a waterbus or the more expensive water taxis.
Make sure you take a map as it is easy to walk around Venice and see all or the famous landmarks like St Mark's Basilica, the Grand Canal, Piazza San Marco and the Rialto Bridge. It's hard to describe the how crowded the city gets during the height of the tourist season (May - September), it's not uncommon for over 50,000 tourists to descend on Venice in a single day, people are literally shoulder to shoulder walking along the Grand Canal and in the Piazza San Marco.
In the evening as the cruise ship passengers depart Piazza San Marco comes alive as cafes place seating in the square and orchestral quartets take turns in entertaining the patrons. Venice is truly a city you will want to return to again and again and again...