Whether you’ve been to Venice two or 20 times, there’s always something new to discover. Indeed, even the most seasoned visitors get lost in the city’s labyrinthine network of islands, bridges, pedestrian alleys, and canals. And therein lies the beauty of the destination: afternoons spent wandering from palace to piazza, exploring the small art museums, shopping the stalls that line the streets, and encountering a fresh side of Venice, a fascinating amalgamation of influences—Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Italian—every time you round a corner.
Seeing a Verdi or Puccini masterwork at the newly restored Teatro La Fenice, the city’s famous 1836 opera house.
Dining on pappardelle with oysters, tuna carpaccio, or fritto misto (fried seafood) at Da Fiore, a favored restaurant among foodies around the globe.
Getting lost among Venice’s romantic, labyrinthine streets and canals.