If you’ve never been ( I hadn’t), go. There’s only one Venice and there may soon be fewer than that if the piles sink any further. Gritti Palace is comfortable and is the very embodiment of "faded elegance". It rained for a day and then blossomed into glorious sunshine for long enough for us to see a few of the most important sights and lose ourselves among the alleys. Lido, Rialto, San Marco, Basilica, Gondola; two days: job done. Stretch your budget and stay in the Cipriani if you can though, on its own island it has a pool and a garden and a free ferry boat to the main town.