Venice — so many things come to mind upon hearing the name of this beautiful, unique and, of course, romantic city. Stretching across 117 tiny islands intertwined with 177 canals and lying adjacent to the Adriatic Sea, Venice is known for its winding waterways rather than roads, gondolas maneuvered by men in striped shirts with straw hats, and a musical reputation boasting Vivaldi as one of the locals.
But is Venice really as charming as it’s said to be? The best way to find out is to take a walk down a narrow footpath alongside one of the canals, wander through the street markets, watch the gondolas (and even take a ride if you’ve got deep enough pockets!) and have some delicious Italian food and a glass of wine at one of the outdoor cafes. For travelers on a budget, Veniceis extremely accessible. Affordable hostels are not hard to find, and the numerous sidewalk pizzerias serve amazing (giant) pieces of pizza for very reasonable prices, as well as sandwiches and tasty gelato that won’t deplete your travel funds.