The Greeks, Romans, Venetians and eventually the Ottomans invaded this city that straddles two continents and the final stage on the legendary Silk Road linking Asia with Europe. The Ottomans magnificently decorated imperial mosques that resulted are architectural triumphs that together form one of the world's great skylines. The city's cuisine is as diverse as its heritage, and delicious. You can eat aromatic Asian dishes or Italian classics if you so choose, but most visitors prefer to sample the succulent kebabs, mezes and freshly caught fish that are the city's signature dishes. Join them in their favourite haunts – tea gardens, coffeehouses, and kebab restaurants, it will be a highlight of your visit.