Outside of summer, February is an obvious time to go to Venice, with Carnevale in full swing, parades lining the canals and bridges. It's also rammed with tourists, though. To see La Serenissima living up to her serene moniker, January is worth a try. There's also the city's inaugural Cocktail Week, 13-19 December, when top bars and mixologists will open their doors for masterclasses and special events. If you're lucky, you'll get impossibly beautiful misty mornings over the Grand Canal, followed by crisp afternoons with blue skies.
Stay: Splendid Venice