A strong contender for the ‘world’s most beautiful city’ title, Venice is an aesthetic banquet of baroque palaces, colonnaded canal-fronts and grandiose piazzas. There are more artistic masterpieces per square kilometre here than anywhere else on the planet – and when you add the all-pervading air of romance into the equation, it’s no surprise that the entire city has been awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO. But Venice is more than just an open-air museum. Venture into the back alleys around Dorsoduro or Cannaregio, and you’ll discover a lively contemporary culture that saves this Italian gem from cultural stagnation.
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