Ye olde travel guide: Venice 1500
Roger Crowley offers his advice to travellers visiting Venice, a great maritime trading hub which caters for all tastes
When to go
May’s the month when Venice promotes itself as the venue for fairs and spectacle; then the city’s busy with pilgrims and traders and the canals don’t smell too bad. If coming by road, the Alpine passes are open, and if by ship, the sea should be not too rough.