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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

Venetian Navigators, By Andrea di Robilant

From the hieroglyphics of Aztec Mexico to the red stripe of London's Central Line, maps are merely idealised representations of the world; some maps have served as instruments of intimidation and control. The first surveys of the Scottish Highlands, notoriously, were done to facilitate the crushing of rebel clans in the wake of the Jacobite uprising of 1745. Two centuries later, Nazi map-makers redrew Europe's frontiers in the shadow of the swastika, with an emphasis on "Jew free" areas of conquest.

My life in travel: David Nicholls, writer

'I love epic, all-day city walks with map in hand'

Great Works: Portrait of a Poet c.1516 (83.8x63.5cm) Palma Vecchio

National Gallery, London

Johnny Depp buys £8.5 million home in Venice

Johnny Depp has splashed out on an £8.5 million home in Venice after falling in love with the city during filming last year.

Simon Calder: After 'The Tourist', meet the tourists

The man who pays his way

Economic gloom shuts the hotel where Fellini lived la dolce vita

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Canaletto and his Rivals, National Gallery, London

Why these stiff, theatrical views spawned so many imitators is a question unanswered

Troubled waters: Paintings show Venice in decline

A new exhibition of Venetian paintings by Canaletto and other artists shimmers with beauty. But look closer and there are signs of a city in decline, says Michael Glover

New Venice retrospective to launch at National Gallery

The early part of the 18th century saw a demand from mainly aristocratic English travellers for Venetian view paintings.

Venice's mayor hits back at 'stupidity' of billboard critics

The mayor of Venice yesterday condemned the "stupidity and incompetence" of international critics who say he has allowed a rash of billboard advertisements to "grotesquely deface" one of the world's most beautiful cities.

Life, love and death in Venice

Depardieu brings the house down with a feelgood farce and the violence of the Pinochet regime is unflinchingly reenacted at Italy's easygoing film festival

Mirren ends Venice with a star-strewn 'Tempest'

Dame Helen turns Shakespeare's Prospero into Prospera – and brings 'the history of female struggle' to a glamorous stage

Polpetto, Upstairs at The French House, 49 Dean Street, London W1

Polpo, the no-reservations Italian tapas bar that opened in Soho a year ago, has been a big success. The dark, slightly dingy bar area always seems to be crammed with sneerily trendy chaps and amazingly pretty girls from the Regent Street shops and magazine HQs, even though the wine list is tiny and the food rather routine. It's so achingly on-trend that my eldest daughter asked to be taken there for her 23rd birthday.

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