There's more to Venice than the Grand Canal and gondolas.
Venice was an empire, not a city and its legacy is spread far and wide.
Many a tourist has been appalled on arrival at their "small Venetian hotel".
Like a child's toy model brutally manhandled, the architectural masterpiece that is Venice has increasingly has been the plaything of millions.
Risotto in Burano, a paper plate of fritto misto in the sun or an elegant meal on the rooftop of the the Terrazza Danieli: Venice caters for all tastes.
Extra-charming flight attendants spoil us with pre-dinner drinks, which have gone the way of the dinosaur with many other airlines.
There is a way to see Venice without the heat or the crowds.
There is no other city quite like Venice. In summer, its alleyways sink under the weight of tourists. In winter, it sinks under the weight of water; either way, this canal city is a spectacle. No trip is complete without getting lost for hours in its meandering laneways, being serenaded by a gondolier, gawping at St Mark's Square, or slurping risotto di seppie by the Grand Canal.