Venice is an unique place. It does smell like the Ocean, but it is a minor detail, unlees you are very sensitive to it.
Regarding that, it is a nice place to visit, the food is very good, prices for it are ok too. People are kind.The only details for me, was the overcrowdly places and some pricess for museums, and so, are a bit high due to the demand they have.
But summarizing, it really is an unique place that you must visit at least once in a lifetime.
Insider Tip:Get a Museum card if you pretend to visit some of them.
Also get a card for transportation in vaporettos.
And visit the churches, thera are free places to visit, and those are a very good way to get to know the city.