A few years ago, my wife and I took a 10-day trip to Italy.
It was in November just before Thanksgiving. The weather was good, the food was great and the historic sites, of course, outstanding.
My wife's favorite place to return would be Rome. Rome was great. It was also a bigger place than the others. Therefore more cathedrals, museums, etc. to see, which my wife likes.
Florence had its charms. And if memory serves me correct, I happened into a cathedral that was out of the way, but it gave me a better feeling than even St. Peter's in Rome.
Why? Well, for one thing, no cars! No stop lights, no speeding vehicles, no motorcycles. No honking horns. Just pedestrians which are easy to maneuver around.
Another would be the fact that because it is a smaller area, the main tourist area tends to bring a lot of people together. I like people watching.
Whereas, some like to see all the sites, I get enjoyment from just being in the moment, wherever it is. Just to be there is great.
I've never sat at a sidewalk cafe for hours on end just watching people. But If I were to return toVenice, I would probably find such a place (while my wife looks for another hundred or so cathedrals and museums to visit)..
Don't get me wrong. There is a lot of walking to be done in Venice. And a lot of wrong turns that turn into interesting routes. And if you're there at the wrong time, St. Mark's Square could be a couple feet deep in water. We lucked out.
But there is just an aura about the city and the area, and that translates into an enjoyable time for me.
We always entertain the idea of visiting again . . .