One of the best things about Venice is the marvelous architecture. While I think having waterways as streets and boats as cars is way cool, I really was awed by the buildings and the attention to detail. The arched windows, the attention to detail on a column, the gorgeous wooden shutters, the flowers flowing over the balconies. It is truly a beautiful place. I was there in mid-June which was too busy for me. I prefer fewer crowds. That being said, I would go back and spend a bit more time there to really see more of the buildings, just at a quieter time. I recommend just tucking the map in your bag, grabbing your camera and wandering around wherever you might be staying. You will stumble upon some beautiful churches, shops and a piazza or 2. Enjoy!