We wandered aimlessly looking for a market and found ourselves hopelessly lost. It was GREAT! I have said it before and I will say it again... If you want to see what places are really like, try and get lost.
Try those very narrow pedestrian only (of course :-) streets ... you'll surely get lost but it's wonderful and surpisingly how easy it is to get away from the crowd in few seconds ... and don't care about the smell :-)
I started out my walk from Piazza Roma (bus station) and I followed the touristic indications to S. Mark's square: a very nice walk even if it isn't the fastest way to reach S. Mark. IMHO (I'll do the next time in Venice): get a detailed map of Venice and try an alternative path to go back on your walking.
With over 25 million visitors a year, Venice is very touristy!....but its very easy to lose the crowds and go on your own little wander down some side streets and soon you'll be all alone walking around the bridges and canals!
There is a surprise everywhere in this city. Just walk in Venice and let it fascinate you.
These small canales are in the back streets. We walked too much and I cannot give you an exact direction.
On the street toward San Simeon Grande you can find Rio Marin. On this Rio there is Palazzo Gradenigo, built in the 16th century by Domenico Margutti.
So many peaceful places to lose yourself for a while,then just wander round and lo and behold...you`ve found yourself again.
Look out for the typical sculptures when you travel through the many narrow streets ! Religious believes expressed in sculptures are decorating many houses, portals and walls of churches
The southern part of Venice.
Take a walk on Zattere Ponto Lungo and Zattera al Gesuatti. The "boulevard" the Venice inhabitants like to stroll around.
You will find a lot of marvellous buildings
The San Polo area is a real rabbit warren of narrow canals and calles which suddenly open up on to large campos. It a great place for those back street canal photo opportunities.
Wandering off the main tourist sight and discover picturesque side canals like this one in Dorsoduro area - near the gondola repair yard and the Ponte dei Pugni where fisticuffs used to take place.