Head for an aperitif along the Zattere, a gorgeous waterfront promenade stretching along the southern flank of the Dorsoduro district. With excellent evening rays, and a vista onto the neighbouring isle of Giudecca, it’s an ideal spot to linger over a spritz or two and soak up your first Venetian views. There are plenty of bars and cafes to choose but the diminutive Chioschetto is a particularly popular sundown spot.
Lucky you; you’ve got two full days to soak up one of the most exquisite places on the planet. Yes, it’s throbbing with tourists, but fantastical Venice is sure to have you swooning from your first glimpse of its campanile-studded skyline and iconic attractions. Fading, subsiding, regularly flooded, this outlandish and incomparably beautiful city on the water is quite apart from any other urban encounter you’ve had. Here’s how to make the most of 48 Venetian hours, combining some of the top things to do and most-loved restaurants with more peaceful corners of La Serenissima.