I’d love to go back to Venice someday when it’s not in October or during Acqua Alta (when much of the city floods during high tide). When I went to Italy in October 2006 to do research for my dissertation, I spent a week in Venice, and the city was so cold and rainy. I caught a bad cold and was miserable most of the time I was there. It was a miserable but memorable week. The Gondolieri in the picture above made it worthwhile. I can’t tell you how long I stood on that bridge watching him maneuver that gondola. It was a beautiful sight. Venice itself is a beautiful and amazing city, and while I preferred Florence over Rome or Venice (I spent a month in those three cities), I would like to see Venice again when the weather is better and I’m not sick.