Although there are days when tourists outnumber locals by two to one, Venice never loses its capacity to enchant. The sheer loveliness of an exquisite city that seems miraculously built on water. Even at peak visitor times, you are never more than a bridge and an alley away from a more secluded city, full of secret campi (squares), handsome Gothic palazzi and lively neighbourhood wine bars.
As summer draws on, the place gets quieter: maybe the thought of clouds or mosquitoes and odorous canals deters visitors in August. It shouldn’t: Venice shimmering in its summer haze like the most ‘impressionist’ work by Tintoretto is a sight to behold. In any season, Venice’s churches and museums offer antique glories aplenty.
«It is always assumed that Venice is the ideal place for a honeymoon. This is a grave error. To live in Venice or even to visit it, means that you fall in love with the city itself. There is nothing left over in your heart for anyone else.»