Over fifty of the very best writers on Venice richly evoke the past and present of La Serenissima, the world's most heartstoppingly beautiful city.
Jan Morris arrives by sea
Casanova crosses the ominous Bridge of Sighs
Patricia Highsmith's Ripley gets his own palazzo
Kazuo Ishiguro introduces the musicians of St Mark's Square
D H Lawrence brings Lady Chatterley to Venice
Geoff Dyer gets under the skin of the Biennale
Sally Vickers' Miss Garnett climbs up to San Marco's horses
Thomas Mann gives us a sultry summer gondola ride
Tiziano Scarpa describes it all as only a Venetian can

Introduction by Jeff Cotton