Venice appeals to the imagination. With its network of canals and bridges, stunning piazzas, churches, palazzi and the labyrinth of backstreets, Venice is one big open air museum. Since cars are banned from the centre, it’s perfect to explore by foot or ferry. And you’re in Italy, so there’s fantastic food all around. From ciccheti - Venetian tapas-like bites - and obscure seafood to all of the Italian classics like pizza, pasta and gelato. Add the many ancient art treasures and a spectacular carnival to the equation and it’s no surprise that the city is on many people’s bucket list.