— words by Gwen O'Toole
 
We agree with Russian writer Alexander Herzen when he said, “To build a city where it is impossible to build a city is madness in itself, but to build there one of the most elegant and grandest of cities is the madness of genius.” 
 
Despite its size, Venice manages to attract travellers in numbers nearly double the local population, but don’t let that put you off. Even in the peak season, once you begin wandering those tiny streets and hidden laneways, the crowd always seem to thin out revealing a more secluded and incredibly romantic city; a city that seemingly and famously rises up from the water.
 
While the crowds swell further for festivals such as the Art Biennale, the Venice International Film Festival or Carnival, visiting at any time still means wandering the maze of streets to find hidden squares, wine bars and incredible views over every bridge you cross (and there’ll be plenty of them). 
 
The very best travel advice for anyone visiting this city is to wander. Just wander.
 

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