Venice

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We’d be remiss not to acknowledge the nonno (grandfather) of all canal cities. Novelist Thomas Mann declared it somewhere between “a fairy tale and a tourist trap.” Yes, the canals can smell funky at times—winter, mainly—and the crowds can make it one of the world’s least romantic places, but you can be among a tourist herd, turn a corner, and find yourself alone in a magical corner. There’s no denying Venice’s continued magnetism.

How to Do It Right: Base yourself on the island of Giudecca and try the new hop-on, hop-off Vaporetto dell’Arte tours, with stops by more than 20 cultural institutions. If you just can’t quit the gondola idea, take a gondolier class with Art Viva.

World's Most Beautiful Canal Cities

Venice

We’d be remiss not to acknowledge the nonno (grandfather) of all canal cities. Novelist Thomas Mann declared it somewhere between “a fairy tale and a tourist trap.” Yes, the canals can smell funky at times—winter, mainly—and the crowds can make it one of the world’s least romantic places, but you can be among a tourist herd, turn a corner, and find yourself alone in a magical corner. There’s no denying Venice’s continued magnetism.

How to Do It Right: Base yourself on the island of Giudecca and try the new hop-on, hop-off Vaporetto dell’Arte tours, with stops by more than 20 cultural institutions. If you just can’t quit the gondola idea, take a gondolier class with Art Viva.

Catherine Lowe [1] [1] http://community.travelandleisure.com/_In-the-34streets34-of-Venice/photo/17040401/135852.html

World's Most Beautiful Canal Cities

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