venice city of water
The Grand Canal is really a sight to behold. Grand not just because it is the widest and longest canal that cuts right through the main group of islands, but because it is the body of water on which you can truly witness the grandioseness of what Venice once was.
At some point in history, this was the undisputed centre of the world in terms of sheer wealth. Palace after palace after palace line the banks of the canal. Merchants of old that owned these palaces were wealthier than the kings and queens of Europe; or so they say.