For a special break from the crowd, this charming wine resort on the northern island of Mazzorbo. (Take vaporetto line 12 from Fondamenta Nove or arrange pick-up with the restaurant.) Start by wandering the island of Burano across the footbridge to see the colorful houses. Then make your way to the grounds at Venissa, exploring the property and the 14th-century bell tower before settling into an intimate dinner in the 18-seat dining room. The artful menu updates classic Venetian dishes in exquisite presentations. Every course has a dedicated chef. If you decide you can’t possibly leave, simply stay the night in one of the six cozy guest rooms.
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