By the time I hit Italy it's at the peak of summer. So it's ideal short short weather. Taking a ferry into the center of Venice I spend the whole day wondering around the narrow streets crowded with people and little stalls. And yes I did do a Gondola ride, which was intense. I spent a lot of hard earn dollars here, there was a lot of really nice leather goods and other pretty items all to be posted at a later date. Everyone has to go to the floating city, it's something that you can't see anywhere else. Beautiful.