Venice is beautiful, stunning, and astoundingly crowded. If you rather avoid crowding yourself with snap-happy Japanese tourists, get up at the crack of dawn and you’ll see the city on your own.
If you’ve been wanting to see Italy’s Venice on your own terms, the Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square) is empty before 7 in the morning, and you can walk along the canals, view the still waters, and relax in peace. Then, once the city begins to wake up, you can grab a cappuccino at a streetside cafè and watch people go about their business while having breakfast.
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