Capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, the romantic city of Venice is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea.
Venice is much the same as it was 600 years ago. There are no roads. Just canals – including the Grand Canal thoroughfare – lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces.
Piazza San Marco, Venice’s central square, contains Saint Mark’s Basilica known for its beautiful Byzantine mosaics, and the Campanile bell tower offering views of the city’s red roofs.