The great American satirist once gave his take:

Anyone who can make a bagel and a lot of noise can create a convincing New York. And Paris as we know it today is mostly a recent fabrication–the product of urban renewal in the 1870s… But Venice is another matter… there is a mystery to Venice, a soul, an essence–quite a strong essence on a hot August day when the tide is low in the Adriatic. Phew!

“You didn’t get the smell right,” I said to Sheldon Adelson.

“Can’t do everything,” he said.