Il Gondoliere

Venezia, Italia

While Il Canal Grande may be the most popular waterway in Venice (and the most recognizable in pictures), those willing to pay for a ride in a gondola or simply wander through the quiet neighborhoods away from the crowds on the canal can get a real appreciation of the city's timelessness; a visit to Venice is a visit to centuries past. (If there is any place in Europe where a reference to the "Old World" may be taken as a compliment, Venice would be that place.)

. Photo © copyright by WG Phelan.