Water. Lots and lots of water.
Tourists. Lots and lots of tourists. I’ve been to a lot of major cities but never have I seen so many tourists in one place.
Good food of course, this being Italy. Expect to wait half an hour to get your order taken and up to 45 minutes to get the check and pay.
Venice hosts the Biennale, sometimes for art and sometimes for architecture. Each country participating sets up their own wacky pavilion with their stuff to show off. It’s a pretty fantastic experience. America’s art installation was a giant ball of modern so-called art.