Across 118 Capital of the Veneto region, stretches islands, is one of the most charming places I have ever visited. It took 2.5 hours on the Eurostar train from Milan to Venice - Santa Lucia.
I split my stay between two hotels, the Best Western Cavalletto and San Marco Palace. Both of them are located on San Dei Dogi in Marco Square 40 minutes by water boat from Santa Marco (6.5 Euros each way). Both hotels were absolutely great. San Marco Palace is a suite hotel with a small reception hotel team while Best Western very friendly Cavalletto Dei Dogi (which is located 1 minute away from San Marco Palace) has a larger welcoming lobby and the team is as well.
My favorite places in Venice
My favorite place in Venice Mainland is Bistrot De Venise. You will never forget watching the gondolas go by on the canals at this very charming restaurant. If you are looking for a romantic restaurant, you will like Al Chianti in the evening when the square is less crowded this restaurant is splendid. For good Italian food I recommend Mercanti.
For the shopping lovers, don’t expect to find bookstores and a lot of places to buy glassware, here in these small shops. There is a market located right by the Rialto bridge. A store I really liked there was the Rialto Handcraft store.
( San Marco Square )
Also check out Green Pub near campo Santa Marherita or for some ice cream you can visit Torino@notte which is minutes from San Marco Square.