Venice’s population, shrinking for decades, now hovers around 60,000. During the summer, tourists heavily outnumber the locals and the narrow streets are constantly heaving with people. Consider braving the colder weather in the winter to get a more intimate look at the lagoon city. Check out Rialto Market to see how the locals have been getting their food for the past seven centuries. One of the best bets here is the seafood, pulled fresh from the lagoon and ready to be transformed into a Venetian feast. Look out for seafood and seasonal vegetables tagged as “Nostrano”– this means it was sourced locally.