Two days – full program. Hotelier Alessandro Dal Corso (Romantik Hotel Villa Margherita in Mira, near Venice) provides some insider tips and reveals his favorite places.

Day 1

Modern art in the Peggy Guggenheim Museum.Modern art in the Peggy Guggenheim Museum.

Morning. Art and museums – there is no way to get past them in Venice. Let‘s start here: The Peggy Guggenheim Museum, the Gallerie d‘arte and Ca’ Pesaro are known for their collections. But the frescoes and paintings, which can often be seen for free in Venice‘s many churches, are also impressive. Tip: San Nicolò dei Mendicoli or the Basilica dei Frari (Titian‘s grave). When you get tired from all the constant marveling: take a short break in the Parco Savorgnan to relax.

A city stroll through the lively Strada Nuova.A city stroll through the lively Strada Nuova.

Afternoon. Immerse yourself in typical Venice. The Strada Nuova, the Jewish ghetto and the University District are still largely authentic. Many small bars and trattorias invite you to have a snack in between times. Let yourself drift and mingle with the people, breathe in the scent of the city and walk through Venice in the footsteps of detective story and TV hero Commissario Brunetti. Not to be missed: Stop by for a drink in one of the traditional bacari (wine bars).

Glassblower in a factory on Murano.Glassblower in a factory on Murano.

Evening. Before dinner, another visit to the glassblowers‘ island of Murano. The crossing by water bus takes 20 minutes. We haven‘t arrived too late and can still catch a glimpse of one of the many workshops where the world-famous Murano glass is hand-blown. In Venice, finding a restaurant can become a challenge. We ignore the touts and „Tourist Menu“ signs, but instead we find a relaxed atmosphere, great food and grandiose scenery at „I Figli delle Stelle“ (Giudecca).

Day 2

The world famous Caffè Florian on St. Mark‘s Square.The world famous Caffè Florian on St. Mark‘s Square.

Morning. Early risers (almost) have Venice to themselves. Take one of the earliest vaporettos (Line 1, every 20 minutes from 5:01 a. m.) to ride from P. de Roma, along the Grand Canal, via Rialto to San Marco. The picturesque scenery is gorgeous in the morning light. Time for an espresso at Caffè Florian in St. Mark‘s Square. A museum, not just a café, dating from 1720. Write your thoughts down in a travel diary, just as Charles Dickens, Goethe, and Rousseau did.

Typical scene around the Accademia Bridge.Typical scene around the Accademia Bridge.

Afternoon. Time for shopping. There are many typical small shops near the Accademia Bridge. One real gem is the Palazzo Fondaco dei Tedeschi. Built in the 13th century as a trading house for German merchants, it has been transformed into a luxury department store. Tip: View from the roof terrace over the Grand Canal. Continue on to the Campo San Tomà to watch the craftsmen as they manufacture the typical Venetian masks there – and acquire such a work of art for yourself.

Good place for a classic cocktail – Harry‘s Bar.Good place for a classic cocktail – Harry‘s Bar.

Evening. You don‘t feel like an all-out dinner? We opt for a plain pizza on the Campo Santa Margherita. Later, we bring our trip to a close in a classic bar. An excellent prosecco is available at the Hotel Danieli. And Harry‘s Bar, where Ernest Hemingway was formerly a patron, serves a legendary Bellini. Will your feet keep carrying you further? Then we let ourselves be captivated by the morbid mood of the alleyways and stroll to our home for the night – Arrivederci.