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Venice and its canals are one of Europe's top tourism attractions.
Venice's Top 5 attractions
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St Marks Basilica / Bell Tower / Square
Venetian alleyways on foot
Grand Canal boat tour
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Best time to visit
Late spring and early fall are optimum. Mid-summer can be undesirably hot-humid and the canals can have an unpleasant scent. In winter, night temperatures drop to or near freezing.
Exploring Venice on foot
See the real Venice by doing it early in the day (tour groups won't be clogging the streets, alleys, and leading attractions).
Best time to gondola
Sunset for beauty, evening for romance. Daytime atmopshere pales by comparison.
Don't let St Mark Square pigeons land on your head or shoulders, as some tourists do. Pigeons can harbor infectious diseases.
Check menu prices before sitting down at a St. Mark's Square outdoor cafe (even the bill for a solo coffee can shock).
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Top 10 Mediterranean Ports of Call
1 Civitavecchia Gateway to Rome
2 Piraeus Gateway to Athen
3 Venice Italy
4 Livorno Gateway to Florence
6 Dubrovnik Croatia
7 Naples Gateway to Pompeii + more
8 Marseille Gateway to Provence
9 Nice Gateway to French Riviera
10 Malaga Spain
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