The light, the water... I don't care if this is a cliche shot.
Unlike so many heavily-touristed areas, Venice is better than it's reputation. I've been there twice and the second trip was as good as the first.
The Venetian gondola is a great example of technology perfectly adapted to local needs. It's a more complicated craft than it looks: if you look carefully you can see the asymmetrical shape. The shape helps the gondolier steer straight despite the fact that his single oar is always used on the same side of the boat.
The dome and tower in the distance belong to the church of San Giorgio Maggiore (Andrea Palladio, begun 1566, completed 1610).