Venice (Italian: Venezia) consisting of 118 small islands is an important port on the northwestern shore of the Venetian Gulf. The city is connected by 177 waterways and 401 bridges! It was once considered the centre of Italy’s important commercial trade for its strategic location. A number of civilizations, different cultures and a plethora of artistic styles throughout history have converted Venice into a fascinating city which has somehow managed to escape the wear and tear of time. The city looks exactly as it did 600 years back in time and space. Venice is on a lagoon, hence the water plays a crucial role in transportation. Whichever way you arrive, the last part of your journey will be on foot from the nearest water bus / water taxi jetty, train station, or parking garage. Venice boasts of being the world's only pedestrian city and the absence of cars makes it a pleasant experience to walk or sit around to cherish the man-made yet natural beauty.
Spring and fall are the best time to visit. Between November and January, the number of tourists is relatively low and you may have Venice all to yourself - an interesting and breathtaking experience in itself. Winters, on the other hand, can be quite cold, windy and damp. The city gets very dark and rainy; at times.