Let the wind blow through your hair as you take a 30-minute vaporetto ride to Burano, an island in the lagoons of Venice. Known for its handmade lace and brightly-colored fishermen's homes, the island is free of the tourist crush of the rest of Venice.
Spend the afternoon shopping for exquisite lace and sampling gelato, then do as the locals do - gather in the town square at sunset to enjoy drinks and people-watching in one of the many cafes. We settled in at Trattoria Da Primo, where the bartender recommended a typical Venetian drink, the "Spritz" - Prosecco, Aperol or Campari liqueur, and soda. It was the perfect early-evening aperitif to relax your senses - fresh, cold, sparkling.
Then get ready to feast at Trattoria da Romano (above), regular host to locals, tourists and visiting artists. The restaurant is famous for its Venetian specialities such as creamy Goh fish risotto and fresh seafood. Burano is definitely the place to go for a quiet, small-town feeling night out in Italy.