While traveling to the Dolomites region of northern Italy, I stopped over in Venice. For three days I wandered through alleys, crossed countless canals, and consumed an enormous amount of cicchetti - elaborate, bite-sized appetizers found in bacaros (wine bars) throughout the floating city. There is no place else on Earth like Venice, for nobody in their right mind would intentionally design a city this way (unless they were designing a theme park). Venice is Venice because it grew organically from hundreds of tiny, detached islands into a matrix of canals and bridges thanks to a determined, imaginative group of early settlers. That creativity is what makes Venice such a remarkable place to explore.