Venice, Italy

Venice, long revered as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, lies at the head of the Adriatic Sea in the salt-water Laguna Veneta.  Resplendent with graceful palaces and churches, the city is built on 118 small islands and laced with a unique network of canals and bridges.  In St Mark’s Square bells chime, violins play, shoppers stroll, lovers embrace, and visitors take it all in over cappuccino in a congenial café.  Just a turn of the head allows you to admire St Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace, the Bell Tower, the Clock Tower, where giant bronze Moors have struck the hours for five centuries, the old law courts and the old library. Described by Napoleon as the finest drawing room in Europe, the Piazza San Marco is just a prelude to a city whose treasures are too numerous to count.