Cruise from Venice

If it weren't so steeped in history, Venice would seem like a mirage. The city's dreamlike beauty is unmatched, and its labyrinth of canals, bridges and rambling passageways make it an ideal place to explore on foot—and by boat. This is the place to live out postcard scenes of romantic gondola rides and leisurely strolls through piazzas—with pit stops for pizza and a glass of prosecco. Of course, you don't need to visit a museum or ancient church to revel in Venice's artistic past and present; you can see it in the crumbling façades of the palaces lining the Grand Canal, in the elaborate costumes of street performers, and in the fabulous fashion, jewelry and linen available in boutiques across the city.