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The elaborate waterways that wind through Venice's streets mean it's no surprise that everything from tourists to vegetables arrives by boat. Embrace the Old World charm, keep hold of a paper map, and spend a day losing yourself in the tangled calles.
To get an authentic taste of the city's culinary highlights, avoid the more crowded tourist areas and seek out the bàcari (snack bars) for cicchètti and Spritz, or wind your way to Cannaregio for seafood with the locals at lively Paradiso Perduto.
Take the view of the Grand Canal from the iconic Ponte di Rialto, before browsing modern artworks at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Spend a day island-hopping around Murano and Burano: the latter is especially beautiful with its brightly coloured houses. Further from the centre is Lido, a sandy shoal off the coast, that welcomes sunbathers throughout the summer, and the Venice Film Festival each September.