While I studied abroad in Rome, my family is actually from a small town in the Veneto region, a few hours outside Venice. The 2013 Venice Film Festival (more on that later) is in full swing, and led me to reflect on the city's rich history and beauty. I hope someday I can explore La Serenissima for more than a few hours on my last day in Italy!
Like the rest of Italy, Venice is structurally magnificent. Photos such as those below, found via Polyvore, are a great way to add some bella vita to your home or office!