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  • Sep 20, 2014
  • Updated: 4:49pm


The rise of the tourist hordes

The world has serious concerns over fiscal crises, security crises and environmental crises. And then there are holidays - when we can put aside lofty concerns and remember what living is all about: seeing friends, hosting family reunions and running barefoot on the beach.

Friday, 26 April, 2013, 2:27am

How sweet is it in prosecco country

It's a cliché, sure, but I was not going to spend a weekend in Venice without seeking out the perfect bellini.

It's worth the search because this combination of white peach juice and sparkling prosecco can head towards the stickily sweet if you're not careful (I'm talking about you, Ca'Sagredo Hotel).

5 Apr 2013 - 10:49am

Venice splashes out on tide protection

More than half of Venice was left under water when the historic lagoon town was hit by exceptionally high tides this week.

3 Nov 2012 - 4:10am

World architects bring democratic designs to Venice

Architects from around the world have converged on Venice for the Biennale show which opens on Wednesday, showcasing designs aimed at bringing urban designs more in touch with the general public.

29 Aug 2012 - 7:39pm

Quirks like a charm

Few luxury hotels are left in family hands nowadays, but the Metropole in Venice, Italy, is one of them. In a city marred by opportunists and mediocre, overpriced tourist menus, the hotel, located near the magnificent Piazza San Marco, is a beacon of style and substance.

16 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Canal hopping

Raised in Milan, a three-hour rattle along Trenitalia's westward rail line, I've been visiting Venice for decades. I've cruised through the city, taking in the ancient palazzi from the seat of a gondola. I've even donned one of those hideous facemasks and immersed myself into the incognito revelry of Venice's world-famous February Carnevale (carnival).

9 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Irresistible North: from Venice to Greenland on the Trail of the Zen Brothers

Irresistible North: from Venice to Greenland on the Trail of the Zen Brothers by Andrea di Robilant Knopf

18 Sep 2011 - 12:00am


There were times when the 68th Venice Film Festival felt like you'd been hit over the head with a plank of wood: everywhere you looked, you saw stars. In the lobby of the Hotel Excelsior on my first day, I spotted Talking Heads' David Byrne - here on the jury alongside such luminous American filmmakers as Todd Haynes and Darren Aronofsky - staring intently at his phone.

18 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Asian grapevine

From Canaletto to J.M.W. Turner and Claude Monet, artists have captured the seafaring lifestyle and skyline of Venice for centuries. Those who have visited know that little of the skyline has changed in the city of islands, numbering more than 100, which are linked by more than 400 bridges and canals.

18 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Lucia in the Age of Napoleon

Lucia in the Age of Napoleon

Andrea di Robilant

Faber and Faber, HK$330

28 Oct 2007 - 12:00am