This isn't the happiest moment of our trip, as I took it as we were leaving our hotel on a private boat after our week in Venice. We expected a tourist trap, and the Piazza San Marco did resemble Times Square during the day. The key was staying right on the Grand Canal, and hitting the Piazza after all those enormous cruise ships had left. We spent most of our time walking down small streets and through the squares, stopping for gelato often. We had wonderful meals, loved cruising around on the vaporetti to cool off, and basically fell in love with the city. It's definitely a place I want to visit again!