If you have never been to Venice, make it one of your next destinations. It is beautiful and blew my mind when I first went for a boat ride on one of the many canals. Early May or September are the perfect times to go, not too hot and not too busy. And if you go, stray from the beaten path please.

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Woman wearing a mask poses for tourists during the carnival in Venice. Chris Helgren/Reuters

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Snow-covered gondolas are seen in a canal of the northern Italian city of Venice. Manuel Silvestri/Reuters

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Venetians in historical dress row down the Grand Canal, led by the famous Bucintoro boat, from the Doge's Palace to the Rialto bridge in Venice. Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

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Rudi and Rigo Vignotto row ahead of the pack in a boat race during an event of Regata Storica (Historical Regatta) in Venice. Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

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Masked revellers pose inside Caffe' Florian coffee shop in Saint Mark's Square during the Venetian Carnival in Venice. Manuel Silvestri/Reuters

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A gondolier rows his gondola with tourists in a canal in Venice, ahead of Pope Benedict XVI's arrival. Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

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A masked reveller poses in Saint Mark's Square during the Venetian Carnival in Venice. Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

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A view of Rialto Bridge in Venice. Manuel Silvestri/Reuters

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A couple, wearing costumes, poses at a canal with the Bridge of Sighs in the background during the Venice Carnival. Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

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Masked reveller poses in front of church near St. Mark's Square during traditional Carnival celebration in Venice. Damir Sagolj/Reuters

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Gondolier cools off in 32 degree Celsius temperature by sitting in garden chair in Grand Canal in Venice. Manuel Silvestri/Reuters

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Italian art director and Oscar winner Ferretti walks ahead of his golden lion creation in front of the Cinema Palace in Venice. Max Rossi/Reuters

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Gondolas are seen berthed in the waters of Venice. Sharon Lee/Reuters

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Pisani Moretta palace is seen in downtown Venice. Manuel Silvestri/Reuters

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A woman walks past multi-coloured cottages on the Venetian island of Burano. STRINGER Italy/Reuters

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Man walks under laundry hanging in an alley of the canal city of Venice. Chris Helgren/Reuters

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A masked reveller poses in Saint Mark Square during the Venetian Carnival in Venice. Max Rossi/Reuters

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A masked reveller poses in Saint Mark's Square during the Venetian Carnival in Venice. Max Rossi/Reuters

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The traditional Columbine flights from Saint Mark's tower bell during the Venetian Carnival in Venice. Manuel Silvestri/Reuters

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Tourists walk on raised platforms for flood waters in St. Mark Square during a period of seasonal high water in Venice. Manuel Silvestri/Reuters

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A view of St Mark's Square flooded at night is seen during a period of seasonal high water in Venice. Manuel Silvestri/Reuters

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A person carry luggage in a flooded street during a period of seasonal high water in Venice. Manuel Silvestri/Reuters

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Flood waters cover Saint Mark's square in Venice. Manuel Silvestri/Reuters

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The exterior of a traditional Venetian house is seen in downtown Venice. Tony Gentile/Reuters

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The exterior of a traditional Venetian house is seen in downtown Venice. Tony Gentile/Reuters

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An aerial view shows St. Mark square and Venice lagoon. Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

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Ferries are seen at a dock in Venice. Reuters Photographer/Reuters

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Colourful houses are seen along a canal in Burano island in Venice. Reuters Photographer/Reuters

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Tourists line up near Campanile on Piazza San Marco in Venice. Denis Balibouse/Reuters

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Pedestrians walk over the newly opened fourth bridge over the Grand Canal in Venice. Manuel Silvestri/Reuters

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Man walks his dog through the flooded Saint Mark's square during a period of high water in Venice. Manuel Silvestri/Reuters

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A view of the Grand Canal and the Santa Maria della Salute basilica in Venice. Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

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Riders and horses are seen inside La Fenice theatre during a rehearsal of the Cavalchina Grand Ball, one of the highlights of the Carnival in Venice. STRINGER Italy/Reuters

Mar 07, 2013