Okay, this is going to be tough. First and foremost, Venice is a sensory feast. The sights! The sounds! The aromas! Ancient facades. The glorious commotion of day-to-day life along the city's 170 or so canals. Briny air, filling your lungs. The undisputed champion of exquisite decay, Venice's time worn Palazzos stand just as they have for hundreds of years, daring us to imagine the marvels, curiosities and tragedies that have occurred within them. Don't you dare spend three hours loitering among the crushing crowds at the Piazza San Marco and then leave, unimpressed! Venice deserves THREE DAYS MINIMUM. Give her your proper attention, and she will capture your heart forever. DO FIVE SIMPLE THINGS: 1. Get lost. Do it at the crack of dawn, and also after sundown when the streets are nearly empty. This is when Venice is most magical. 2. Splurge on a gondola ride at night and ask your gondolier to avoid the Grand Canal. During the day, the canals are crowded with tourists, and a gondola ride can be downright cheesy. But at night, gliding silently along Venice's narrow canals is like a fantastic dream. 3. View the city from three vantage points: The top of the Campanile, the Rialto Bridge and the Accademia Bridge. 4. Hop aboard a #1 Vaporetto early in the a.m. and get a seat at the front of the boat. You'll float along the entire length of the Grand Canal, experiencing breathtaking views. 5. Wander to one of Venice's quieter neighborhoods, sit at a cafe and observe local life.