Any stay is special when there is water right on your doorstep.
George Clooney may have put Venice in the headlines this week, but for lesser mortals there is plenty to do in the city for free.
The food and the barman's skills with a martini glass rival stunning Mediterranean scenery.
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.
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Travel leaves its mark on Sam Moran: left arm is full of tattooed passport stamps.
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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.