It is time to travel to Venice. Once you arrive there is so much to do and even more to see, from the winding canals to artistic masterpieces. The best way to see the city is through a combination of walking the streets and cruising on gondolas along the extensive waterways. When you take off on foot make a plan of where to go, but expect to get a little lost. The streets are so charming that you will inevitably be drawn in unanticipated directions.
When your tummy rumbles take your pick: the selection of seafood is amazing and there are many tasty Venetian treats to choose from. Try to avoid the main tourist areas when eating. They tend to be overpriced and mediocre (a menu translated into multiple languages will be your clue). Find a charming location, sip on some wine, and get swept up in the romantic atmosphere. If a formal sit-down meal does not appeal to you then you are in luck! There are so many little shops where you can buy Italian specialties and a reasonably priced beer for next to nothing.
In Venice there are hordes of designer stores and lovely boutiques. If glass is your thing then be sure to grab some colourful Murano glass by boat just off the shore. The artists creating carnival masks in the city are true craftsmen, so don't forget to pick up one of your own. You never know when you'll have a masquerade ball to attend.