Venice was once a water-logged destination for those escaping the plague on mainland Italy. It became one of the most powerful Italian republics, a great maritime power, and centre for the world’s finest art and music. Today the city seems to be drowning under the weight of its success. Each year it’s invaded by tourists every summer when prices rockets and locals flee.

But there is another way to visit La Serenissima – early spring or late autumn when the weather is still fine. Crowds are smaller and it’s easier to discover the splendour of the city by losing yourself in its narrow walkways.

Which reminds me of Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now, which was filmed using those very walkways to terrifying effect. On my last visit I made a note of some of the most famous (and not quite so well-known) films that have been set here.

For details on Venice Carnival see Carnival Time.

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