It's very easy to get caught in the labyrinth of walkways and canals that make up Venice. That's just one of the characteristics that make it such an attractive tourist destination. We go there to discover its charms.
The World Heritage-listed city is using a busy long weekend as an experiment before the summer season kicks off. Mass tourism has taken its toll on the lagoon city, but it relies on the income.
"Tourists destroy what they are looking for by finding it," wrote German writer Hans-Magnus Enzensberger — and that applies to Venice today. Still, DW reporter Juan Martinez has found ways to avoid the crowds.
At the ITB travel trade show in Berlin "overtourism" is hotly debated. Majorca, Venice and Berlin — they all suffer from the excesses of tourism, even though tourists are an important economic factor.
He's an artistic genius, but a political rebel. Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica is back after nine years and is hoping for a Gold Lion in Venice. Are his films good in spite of or because of his mistakes?
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