a) A tourist type attraction where hopless people from Idaho travel around in fanny packs snapping pictures of degenrate hobos, artists, and muscle men
b) Where locals like myself go to get the best 1 dollar pizza and high quality- bongs.
Tourist Hilbilly: Aww look at that there hobo feller. Give him a dollar for his troubles
Me: That hobo wants crack peaseant, not your cheap ass dollars.
Me: Wanna go down to Venice in between class and get some 1 dollar pizza?
My Friend: Yeah...but lets look at the bongs too.
Me: That goes with out saying.
Its has italianate architecture and there are indeed numerous canals in the subdivisions. There are galleries downtown, but they are hardly iconoclastic. Everything is clean and orderly, brought back to a messy reality if only by the couple of poor houses by I-75 and the fact that the 9/11 terrorists learned to fly planes here.
For a faster pace seek Sarasota.