Canal city...Venice is more accessible and affordable when the city crowds depart.

High life in the low season

Anne Hanley reveals the best places to stay and eat in Venice when summer - and the tourist crush - comes to an end.

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Gondolas at starboard

Helen Anderson sets out from the splendid Hotel Cipriani by kayak for an afternoon of exploring Venice's waterways.

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Mud bath.

Hot, heavy and healthy

John Brunton finds himself up to his neck in it during a spa treatment that has barely changed since Roman times.

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