Our writers spend their year going places. In 2013 these were their most memorable experiences.
Take up residence at a new kid on the block or a 600-year-old palazzo on the city of islands.
Start your day with an alfresco breakfast at Venice's oldest cafe, Café Florian.
Musical interludes are a wonderful surprise on a trip to Venice, writes Diane Armstrong.
The only way to arrive at the Hotel Cipriani in Venice is by water taxi, writes Georgina Safe.
Venice's legendary luxury hotel has reclaimed its splendour, writes Sally Webb.
How to define a great hotel? For a start, find one that makes you feel right at home, writes Lee Tulloch.
Cruise lines are recognising the value of longer stays in port, writes Louise Goldsbury.
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.