There's more to Venice than the Grand Canal and gondolas.
You can arrive or depart by water taxi - a novel way to begin a stay here.
Feeling peckish? Take the time to pull up a pew somewhere rather than eating on the run in Venice if you want to fit in.
Venice was an empire, not a city and its legacy is spread far and wide.
Many a tourist has been appalled on arrival at their "small Venetian hotel".
Like a child's toy model brutally manhandled, the architectural masterpiece that is Venice has increasingly has been the plaything of millions.
Risotto in Burano, a paper plate of fritto misto in the sun or an elegant meal on the rooftop of the the Terrazza Danieli: Venice caters for all tastes.
There is no other city quite like Venice. In summer, its alleyways sink under the weight of tourists. In winter, it sinks under the weight of water; either way, this canal city is a spectacle. No trip is complete without getting lost for hours in its meandering laneways, being serenaded by a gondolier, gawping at St Mark's Square, or slurping risotto di seppie by the Grand Canal.