One of my favorite things we did in Venice was attend the Classic Concert of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. It was in the Scuola Grande di San Teodoro. The musicians were all in costume and the concert was excellent. There were many concerts you could attend but I did some research and glad I did. This is Venice at it’s best.
The Doges Palace – Secret Tour was fun and we will always remember our tour guide. She kept say “Giacomo Casanova” like she was in a Mel Brooks movie. I highly recommend it, you’ll walk through secret passages and see torture chambers and top security prison cells (you can’t even stand up) They only take small groups and you hear how unique Venice’s government was. Lot’s of history and fun stories of dealing with prisoners including the famous Casanova. Don’t forget to look up and see the beautiful ceilings. Photos aren’t allowed in the palace.
The best restaurant and most authentic Venice food is Tattoria Alla Madonna it’s close to the Rialto Bridge and tucked away down a side street. The food is fresh and if you are adventurous try the squid ink pasta – it’s black.
The best thing to do is wander around Venice and check out the tourists trying to figure out where they are going. Or just sit at any outdoor cafe and absorb the romance.