ight moves ... a gondolier glides by in the moonlight

After dark, my sweet

Venetian crowds and cliches don't do much for that loving feeling but the city after sunset seduces Jean-Paul Pelosi.

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Rio Carnival

The world's 10 greatest parties

From Venice and Rio to Bolivia's Oruro, some cities really know how to kick up their heels. Natalie Paris chooses the best

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Composed ... Teatro La Fenice.

Rhapsody in the maze

From black-tie opera under frescoes to quartets on the cobblestones, Rob McFarland explores a living Venetian legacy.

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Nature calls ... rural calm under canvas is just 20 minutes from Venice.

How's the Serenissima?

John Brunton finds peace, quiet and more than a dash of Italian style while 'roughing it' in a tented lodge.

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"Supreme spectacle of all the world" ... the Grand Canal at dusk.

A love that never dies

Half a century after first writing about the splendour of Venice, Jan Morris remains smitten by the city.

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