I first visited Italy in 2003 when I went to Venice to explore the city of my dreams and of my first novel. We went with close friends and decided that, for our first venture, a boutique hotel package might be the best idea. All four of us like to live as neighbourhood-ly as we can. And from our arrival at Marco Polo airport to our water taxi back to the airport for the trip home, everything was perfect. The best way to get around is by foot and vaporetto, the water bus – don’t forget to buy a pass.