We've trawled the globe to find this year's 10 most compelling cultural events.
A luxury tour helps Anna Anderson rekindle an Italian love affair that began as a backpacker.
Anne Hanley glimpses La Serenissima's turbulent side through the works of a lesser-known artist.
Anne Hanley reveals the best places to stay and eat in Venice when summer - and the tourist crush - comes to an end.
Europe's most popular cities are also among the most expensive. Here's how to make the most of them without burning a hole in your pocket.
Helen Anderson sets out from the splendid Hotel Cipriani by kayak for an afternoon of exploring Venice's waterways.
John Brunton finds himself up to his neck in it during a spa treatment that has barely changed since Roman times.
John Brunton explores the vineyards, villages and restaurants of the Veneto region's celebrated prosecco wine route.
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.