This January I went of a brief but fabulous trip to Venice, flying to Milan first then taking the train to Venice. Our bus from the Airport stopped just outside Milan Central station which is a monumental building, built like an ancient palace, mixing modern design with quite a lot of gothic embellishment. We then travelled on to Venice where we stayed for two glorius sun filled days exploring the most atmospheric city I have ever visited. We walked over tiny medieval bridges, browsed the many artisan shops and traveled by vaporetto to the islands of Murano and Burano. We went up the Campanile di San Marco and looked out over all of Venice glittering in the sunshine. The place was amazing and January a very good time to go because we did not have to queue for anything, or wait for a seat in a cafe or restaurant. Although the streets were not full of tourists, it was by no means deserted and we could see the preparations starting for the carnival which followed soon after our trip. Our Hotel for the two nights was perfect, The Foresteria Levi, was part of the lovely 14th Century historical building Palazzo Giustinian, whose courtyard looked directly onto the Grand canal. It could not have been a better location with a vaporetto stop just near us and the University area with interesting bars and restaurants just close by.