The ‘Queen of the Seas’ is about to welcome the art crowd. Aoife O’Riordain finds out what’s in store
After endless criticism over its aesthetic, its durability and even its accessibility for the disabled,Santiago Calatrava faces legal action as a result of alleged deficiencies in the construction
While using the Polpo cookbook the other day, I had a moment to think about why the book was one of last year's biggest successes. Perhaps because it has an innovative spine that allows it to lie flat; perhaps because it looks beautiful and the recipes work; perhaps because it is true to one, quite specific cuisine – the Venetian cicchetti (little plates).
Art Deco glamour, dusky hues, Prohibition-style tea room, personal attachés, Jack Kerouac, and sophisticated retreats
Daniel Radcliffe's turn as Allen Ginsberg was one of the highlights of the 70th Venice Film Festival, where Britain made up for its near-invisibility at Cannes, says Geoffrey Macnab
'Today, I am a free man,' says exasperated director Paul Schrader
The world's oldest film festival is 70 years old and struggling against more modern competitors, says Geoffrey Macnab
A short walk from St Mark's Square, a 13th-century mercantile building is now an intimate guesthouse
Artist Alfredo Jaar makes the point that while 28 countries own national pavilions inside the Giardini, the remaining 60 are kept outside. Chile, his own country, has to rent its pavilion.
V&A Museum, London
It was all quiet on the Grand Canal today after Venice ordered its first ban on the motorboats that threaten the crumbling city's future.
Notable guests, romantic retreats and ultra-chic hideaways
What better reason do you need to take your loved one to the romantic city of Venice than to revel in the spruced-up interiors of the Gritti Palace (00 39 041 2961 2222; star woodhotels.com), due to reopen in February after a major refurbishment?
Kito de Pavant became the second to retire from the Vendée Globe singlehanded non-stop round the world race in the opening 48 hours after colliding with a fishing trawler 45 miles off the coast of Portugal. It was the second time he has been forced to withdraw from a race notorious for the rate of attrition.
Heavy rains and seas whipped up by strong winds have flooded Venice and brought the lagoon city's high tide mark to its sixth-highest level since records began being kept 150 years ago.