Next September my husband and I plan to fly to Milan as a base for a five-week trip by train around northern Italy, Lake Como and Venice.
Venetian crowds and cliches don't do much for that loving feeling but the city after sunset seduces Jean-Paul Pelosi.
From Venice and Rio to Bolivia's Oruro, some cities really know how to kick up their heels. Natalie Paris chooses the best
From black-tie opera under frescoes to quartets on the cobblestones, Rob McFarland explores a living Venetian legacy.
John Brunton finds peace, quiet and more than a dash of Italian style while 'roughing it' in a tented lodge.
Venice has a reputation for poor food at high prices. Not if you know where to look, writes Fiona Duncan.
Half a century after first writing about the splendour of Venice, Jan Morris remains smitten by the city.
Forget water taxis and gondolas, for a fresh perspective on Venice, jump in a kayak, writes Teresa Machan.
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.