Venice was developed in the early 20th century as a resort styled after Venice, Italy. The beach area was a major attraction even back then, of course, but the network of canals built at that time certainly ranks as one of the most interesting beginnings to a city that can be imagined. The canals once formed a large network, but most were filled in over the years. The remaining few canals, however, provide our imaginations with an idea of what their former grandeur might have resembled. The remaining canals are in a pleasant, well-kept residential area. They are lined with walking paths, so they're accessible to visitors, too. Locate them on your city map, but when you get there, it's best to park the car and take a stroll to really enjoy them. It's quiet and pretty. You may possibly view a family of ducks going for a swim, or an artist seated at his easle painting the scenery. It's a quiet break from the hectic traffic of the city and at the same time a flashback to the past.