For it's true marvels and unique atmosphere, Veneiza has to be the most beautiful city on earth. The problem is everyone on earth wants a piece of that unique atmosphere. On this trip to the sinking city I was able do some sitting and watching it's day to day functions. The mail being delivered by boat. The garbage being removed by boat. The daily work commute by boat. The hoards of tourists arriving, by boat.
You can't say that only in recent times has Venice become such a tourist trap. It was founded by people who were fleeing the Goths and hoped that it's harsh marshy lands would make a good hiding place. They were right. They invented an entire new way of building just to survive. Over time it became the most cosmopolitan city, trading sea port, and major Grand Tour stop which ment that everyone who was anyone went to Venice. So really it's just a thousand years of tradition that attracts the world by the millions. But, that thousand years of experience at tourism doesn't seem to make Venice any less insane. There was graffiti all over the Rialto Bridge. There was a huge advertisement covering the Bridge of Sighs. The Gondola parking lot is in front of the Hard Rock Cafe. Still everyone should see Venice at least once in their lifetime. It's a marvel of genius engineering combined with some of greatest art the world has known. It's tough being popular.