I am traveling to Venice for 4 days and 4 nights in just a couple of weeks. I realize it is off season, which I'm actually looking forward to as we hope to experience "real" Venice and avoid the maddening crowds. I am planning to book at Hotel Ca' Formenta to be away from San Marco but not too far from everything so if anyone has any opinions on that hotel or that area in general, I would appreciate hearing them.
I would love some advice on restaurants - we enjoy good quality food and want a truly Italian dining experience. I would also like any recommendations for wine bars if there are some in the area as we are wine finatics - just to giveyou some ideas, our preferences include Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and we love good, dry sparkling wines (can't wait to sample some prosecco!). I don't want to end up in tourist traps or paying a fortune for everything we do. Although it's winter, I'm also hoping for some good gelato so any recommendations there would be nice as well.
As for our current plan, we intend to get the 72 hour vaporetto pass so we can move around fairly easily. We know that we'd like to do the secret itineraries tour at Doge's Palace, visit Murano and Burano, and the obvious attractions around St. Mark's square. We enjoy art but are more fans of impressionism (when we go to Paris, we like d'Orsay more than the Louvre) so we probably won't want to spend an excessive amount of time at any museums, but would like to sample a little art. I would also love to experience music of some sort while there, but aren't really sure where. I know these are slightly vague questions, but I'd love to hear the opinions of others to help me form my own plan. Oh, and we are arriving late Sunday AM and leaving early Thursday AM. Thanks!