Our final stay was 2 nights in Venice, a city surrounded by water. I actually got a good look at that while on the original flight in, as we passed the city on the way to landing on the mainland. It really is stunning to see just how built up it is, and surrounded by water.
As for the city itself, it is very interesting, with lots of narrow alleys, and canals everywhere. It had the best bookshop ever, Euro 2016 soccer games in a plaza, and San Marcos square at night , with the chamber music, was a delight (to br avoided in the daytime. All in all a good cap to the overall Italy trip, but it paled in comparison (to me) to the magnificence of the Dolomites (see other posts). It was a city… an interesting and quirky city.