In our second annual literary special, compiled by Kay O'Sullivan, Traveller asked five leading Australian novelists to write about the one place that has most informed and inspired their prose.
The spirit of Peggy Guggenheim lives on in the Venice palazzo housing her fantastic art collection, writes Lee Tulloch.
Lysandra Fraser loved her Contiki tour and always packs Vegemite.
Travel leaves its mark on Sam Moran: left arm is full of tattooed passport stamps.
Four-wheel driving in Zimbabwe was a fabulous adventure for Geraldine Turner.
Guidebooks are full of lists of "places to see", but what if you wanted to give your other senses a turn?
Only surly travellers could complain about the infamous high tides of Venice. Brian Johnston discovers beauty even in a swamped city.
I'd rather be on the ground than on the sea or in the air. Train is the way to go.
There is no other city quite like Venice. In summer, its alleyways sink under the weight of tourists. In winter, it sinks under the weight of water; either way, this canal city is a spectacle. No trip is complete without getting lost for hours in its meandering laneways, being serenaded by a gondolier, gawping at St Mark's Square, or slurping risotto di seppie by the Grand Canal.