News Calatrava’s bridge has been heavily criticised

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

The Ape & Bird: Restaurant review - Polpo's Russell Norman has pushed his little plates aside for his first pub

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).

The Big Six: Manhattan hotels

Art Deco glamour, dusky hues, Prohibition-style tea room, personal attachés, Jack Kerouac, and sophisticated retreats

In hot water: one of Budapest’s many thermal baths

My life in travel: Alex Zane

'I had no idea there are more than 120 natural springs in Budapest'

A tourist was killed in a collision near this pontoon in Venice

GPS to be fitted in Venice’s gondolas after tourist killed in crash with water taxi

Venice authorities will fit GPS devices and number plates on all the lagoon city’s gondolas to monitor their movements and prevent a repeat of the accident that cost the life of a German tourist in August.

Dakota Fanning in ‘Night Moves’

Venice Film Festival: A very British affair

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

Lindsay was a no-show at the Venice Film Festival

Lindsay Lohan no-show at Venice Film Festival premiere of The Canyons

'Today, I am a free man,' says exasperated director Paul Schrader

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Postcard from... Venice

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Glamour and chaos keep Venice going

The world's oldest film festival is 70 years old and struggling against more modern competitors, says Geoffrey Macnab

The city’s environment councilor Gianfranco Bettin, said the 100,000-tonne Carnival Sunshine vessel, passed within 20 metres of the water front at Riva Dei Sette Martiri, 800 yards past the famous piazza

Cruise ship has alleged close call in Venice

The row over the presence of giant cruise ships in Venice’s lagoon was reignited this weekend after claims that a huge vessel belonging to the same company as the wrecked Costa Concordia sailed dangerously close to St Mark’s Square.

Authors Wu Ming, who refuse to have their faces photographed

Wu Ming on Altai and the political subjectivity of writing as a collective

The Italian socialist authors' sequel to Q has finally been translated into English after a four year wait. James Legge meets half of their number

Caitlin Hulcup who sings the role of Calbo in Maometto Secondo Garsington Opera 2013

Classical review: Maometto secondo, Garsington Opera, Wormsley

Garsington's 'Maometto secondo' is risibly directed but superlatively sung 

A decadent bedroom at Bloom

B&B and Beyond: Bloom, Venice

A short walk from St Mark's Square, a 13th-century mercantile building is now an intimate guesthouse

Stunningly repugnant: Elpida Hadzi Vasileva's installation for the Republic of Macedonia at Venice Biennale is made from albino rat skins, butterfly cocoons and 4 live rats

Art review: 55th Venice Biennale, Various venues outside the Giardini, Venice

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.

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