And Lonely Planet's 3rd 'must visit' Europe destination is...
But Maddog did not enjoy Venice.
More about where to go, and what to see below the fold.
Maddog agrees that it merits a "must see" designation, but it is something to see quickly, and leave quickly. Maddog found Venice to be incredibly free of actual Venetians. So, lots of tourists, few Venetians. Not a Maddog kinda place.
See the big sights, St. Mark's Square, the Basilica, Doge's Palace, Galleria dell' Academia, Chiese dei Frari, ride a vapporetti, and a gondola, and walk your legs off. Eat at the most out of the way dive looking bars, and you may find a few real Venetians, but don't hold your breath.
Maddog always has the most fun in a small town immersed in locals.