Venice makes you a believer in fairy tales. Cars are banned, so the only way to get around the 1,500-year-old city is by foot or by water. From these vantage points, you’ll be awed by the magical beauty. La Serenissima, “the most serene one,” is filled with palaces and art, fine shopping and excellent food. Relax in Piazza San Marco, visit the basilicas, drink a cocktail at Di Forni Restaurant and wander the alleyways and bridges. Consider an off-season trip to have more of the city to yourself. Our top hotel pick is a small boutique hotel, DD 724 Charming House, tucked away in romantic Venice.