Sport Mirco Bergamasco last played for Italy in November 2012 before he suffered a fractured kneecap

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Venetian dream boat: Ship of fools sails again

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Marco Polo: from Venice to Xanadu, by Laurence Bergreen

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Everyone said from the outset of this season's Heineken Cup that London Irish would never have a better chance of reaching the quarter-finals – this being their third attempt. It was not one they passed up here in northern Italy, where the Irish always looked likely to get the win they needed to qualify for the last eight, though the secondary consideration of earning a bonus point to make certain of a more favourable draw kept those in green fretting until Peter Hewat's clinching try in the ninth minute of added time.

Vyvyan in charge as Saracens broaden horizons

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Medici Money by Tim Parks

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Paramore power takes Gloucester through

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The Empress of Pleasure by Judith Summers

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Paradise of Cities: Venice and its Nineteenth-Century Visitors by John Julius Norwich

Venice: playground for painters, writers and poets
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