Venice is a fairy tale city, rising from the sea on 119 small islands, separated by the 160 canals that dominate Venetian life. Its jeweled Basilica is a blend of Byzantine splendor and Western imagination and the Piazza San Marco has been proclaimed "the most beautiful room in Europe". It has been half a millennium since Venice ruled the waves. Since then its magnificent churches and palaces, gondolas and canals, public buildings and private villas, art museums and piazzas have steadily declined into a gorgeous decay. The video, the latest release in the best-selling Museum City Series, showcases the thousand years of the glorious history and heartbreaking beauty that is Venice: Queen of the Adriatic.