Avoid the maddening crowds of Saint Marks square and find serenity in the backstreets of Venice. Dine in a gorgeous family run bistro, where the menu that day is determined on what they bought at the market that morning. Grab some Cichetti, (delicious fresh finger foods served in traditional taverns) and sit on an embankment and watch the gondoliers gracefully navigate their way through the narrow canals.
Visit the Galleria Accademia, a treasure trove of Venetian painting, less crowded than the Doge’s Palace. Head to Burano island, but forego the masses heading towards the glass factory and take a boat ride to nearby Mazzorbo, and discover a secret vineyard located on an island in the heart of the lagoon. Enclosed by ancient walls and towered over by a 13th century bell tower, this island has stood the test of time and also has a fabulous Michelin starred restaurant.