How to avoid the crowd, the lagoon islands.
Several venetian islands are sometimes an anti-stress method to get rid from the crowd and simply enjoy some milestones of art and beauty. Torcello is a casket of beautiful monuments, not many people knows that the oldest building in the lagoon is not in Venice city but in Torcello. A cathedral founded 13 centuries ago, still there with beautiful mosaics. Burano is a place where the famous seafood restaurants and the colorful houses are the best place for a relaxing visit. Both islands are close enough from Venice for an half day excursion, but far enough to get a bit out from the crowded city center. Staying in Venice more than a day give you the possibility of exploring them and also the peaceful lagoon in between.