This is where we lived on our most recent trip to Venice. Along the waterfront on the quiet, friendly and mercifully uncrowded island of Giudecca, a two-minute boat ride from Venice proper. We took in all the sights and all the tourist-packed craziness during the day, then retreated to our calm isle at night. Much, much cheaper restaurants (frequented by locals, a good sign) and much more reasonable lodging rates, too. And look how homey and beautiful it is here outside our home at the Ca’ Isabella B&B.