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If you’ve done even the smallest amount of research prior to your trip to Venice, you know that a few things are guaranteed when you visit La Serenissima—the iconic, breathtaking beauty of this water-bound city, the splendours of its museums and attractions, and the stifling crowds of tourists keen to take it all in. Venice has just 50,000 full-time residents, yet in peak season as many as 70,000 tourists—per day—squeeze into its narrow streets and ply its canals.
Our guide for where to stay in Venice assumes you want to experience the city authentically, and as removed from those crowds as possible (case in point: San Marco, while worth a short visit, is not on this list due to its crowds and prices). And while we’d be dishonest to say that you can completely escape the crowds in Venice, the following neighbourhoods, small restaurants and off-the-beaten-path things to do offer more of a local feel. Once the day-trippers depart and the cruise ships weigh anchor, you might even feel like you’ve got a tiny slice of Venice to call your own.