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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.