#3 A romantic bench with a view
On the island of the Giudecca, just a couple of vaporetto stops from San Marco, you will never find more than a handful of tourists exploring the long waterfront. At the end of the island facing San Marco, near the posh Cipriani hotel, there are some public benches which have one of the best views in Venice. What's more, they are nearly always vacant - most visitors are too busy or too focussed on the big sights to make it here.
Close by is the restaurant I Figli delle Stelle, which also offers great views from its waterside tables (not a viable option in February, but lovely in summer) and also has a smart interior.
There's a guide to exploring the Giudecca in the Italy Heaven Guide to Venice for Kindle and other e-book devices.
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