The 500 year old City:
Winter is a great time to be in Venice. It’s an intimate time of year for the city: when footsteps and boat engines are muffled by mist and damp; Venetians reclaim their lanes from tourists; local residents cluster inside steamed-up cafés. Summer’s cruise ships, spilling up to 30,000 visitors a day into the town, have vanished from the skyline. From its inescapable slide into a tourist Disneyland, Venice returns to being a local town, where local people stride along alleys, greeting acquaintances as they pass.
See the website: http://www.italyheaven.co.uk/veneto/venice/winter.html
See our hyperlinked post of our travels to Italy in this post: ITALY HOLIDAY in March / April 2005