Head west from Portopiccolo, just two hours’ drive on the A4 motorway, and you arrive in Venice. A city of grandeur, culture and romance, the charms of the Venetian capital need little introduction.

Yet no matter how well you think you know these streets, Venice always has something to surprise. Because this is a city built on history. A place where magic feels a little more real. And when another masterpiece, architectural or artistic, is only ever around the corner.

You already know this city’s most famous sights. The Basilica Di San Marco, with its luminous mosaics and spectacular facia. The Palazzo Ducale, where visitors can explore aeons of Venetian history. And the Gallerie Dell’Accademia, which houses some of the finest examples of Renaissance art anywhere in the world.

Each of these alone would be worth the pilgrimage. But there’s so much more: the Peggy Guggenheim Collection of modern art, the San Giorgio Maggiore bell tower on the island of Campanile, or the countless frescos, by artists as well-known as Titian, that grace even the smallest church here. And that’s just the beginning. Because the more you explore this one-of-a-kind city, the more you discover.

Venice can also be reached by boat. The city is just a short hop across the Gulf of Trieste and, in good conditions, you can make the voyage in as little as two hours.