Night falls, it’s raining and the tourists have long gone. But in the dark, narrow back streets where the Venetians live, the lights come on, the curtain goes up and the play begins. This is the real Venice.

It’s a theatre, a stage, where we the audience get a chance to witness one of the most beautiful stories ever told. And in the words of French writer Jean Giono: “The rain of Venice is a delight, only tourists hope for the sun.”