We've seen a good number of fake Venices on our travels, tucked sneakily into all sorts of non-Italian places from Vegas to China to a theme park in South Korea. Humankind just seems to have a fascination with cute canals (and cute men rowing in cute scarves upon said cute canals).
But even we were shocked to find our latest "fake Venice" in a place we didn't expect: Eskisehir, Turkey. It's a university town a few hours' drive from the capital of Ankara, and its centers of learning attract visitors from all around the world.
But the best part, in our opinion, is the chance to take a gondola tour down the creek to Love Island, where weddings are held among grass and wildflowers.
Eskisehir feels so perfectly European, it's easy to pretend you're a world away on the Italian peninsula -- please excuse us while we explore via boat rowed by hipster gondolier. Ciao!