The Art Biennial turns the city into a chic showcase for contemporary art, even the crazy kind. It’s centred on the Arsenale and Giardini, with 85 national pavilions: Venice on steroids.
For a beach break, stay in Jesolo. This swish Richard Meier-designed hotel has a Miami buzz, from the cocktail bar to cool spa. Lap up the 15km-long sandy beach before a bus-and-boat combo to Venice.