The other day I traveled...
by train from Florence to Venice. How easy! Arriving by lunchtime and sitting right down to a great meal at the Trattoria Alla Madonna, steps from the Ponte Rialto is highly recommended. Friendly service from a city not particularly known for, but understandably not friendly the experience was very positive.
Afteroon plan was for walking the streets less taken. Our hotel was the "Novecento". Staying out of the way of tourists is easy. Good window shopping with more artisans over big name brand sellers. Mix the priorities so you get a little of both.
The art galleries were for the next day. The Bugno Art Gallery in front of the Fenice Theater turned out to be fortuitous. The gallery representative generously explained his enthusiasm for Paolo Ventura and a NYC Italian photographer, Luca Campigotto.
Best discover was the restaurant, Luna Sentada. Ermanno, a young chef and owner is proud of what he does and will treat you well.