Venice's tourist organization, La Azienda Di Promozione Turistica, publishes an interesting quarterly magazine called Leo, which, rather than the usual species of unsanded commerical boosterism one might expect from a tourist board publication, can be smart and surprising. Check it out. It's available here online in .pdf format, in both English and Italian.
Sure, there are the standard "things to do" articles, but hunt around and you'll find stories like this one about Tomaso Filippi, a postcard photographer who set up shop near Caffe' Florian near the turn of the century. Or a section called "Letters From The Past", which contains centuries-old missives on topics like the introduction of coffee or galley slaves.
The links to the .pdf files appear at the bottom of every (inelegant) on-line story summary, so be sure to click through. The .pdf is a snapshot of the actual magazine, which is well designed and lushly illustrated.
Note to Leo editor: please make the whole mag available on-line in one download, instead of making us click for every story.