Here's a rather random assortment of links and snippets of information we've come across during our researches but haven't yet incorporated into full informative pages.
Venice maps online
With Google Maps you can choose choose between a satellite image, a street map and a combination of the two. Zooming in and out will give you a good idea of the geography of the city, lagoon and surrounding area (and it's fun). Venice is so confusing that you'll still need to buy a good street map / guidebook to carry around with you, but this is a good enough streetplan to give you an idea before you travel.
> Google Maps, Venice
> RiViviNatura - nature tours of the lagoon in traditional boats
> Cortina d'Ampezzo - official website, also in English, with travel information
> ATVO bus to Cortina d'Ampezzo - bus service, but doesn't run every day
> Venezia Lines - travel to Croatia from Venice in two and a half hours
To and from the UK by train
> Seat 61 - provides rail resources and a thorough run-down on accommodation types
> Trenitalia - bookings, train times and special offers
Eurostar tickets (booked separately) will take you from London to Paris (check for special offers in UK newspapers). From Paris you can get a sleeper train direct to Venice. If you'd rather enjoy the view/break your journey it'll take some research. The quickest routes for travelling by day involve changing in Turin and/or Milan.
Paris to Venice via Milan takes 10 to 11 hours, and with special offers you could manage this for €66 one way.
The Cisalpino train which departs from Venezia Mestre station goes to Switzerland - if you're ambitious you could try a break in your journey somewhere like Lugano or Lucerne. You'll need to change (between stations) in Basel. Trenitalia's 'Smart' ticket offers apply on part of this route.
> Tin hot-spot - reasonably-priced wireless connections
There seem to be around 36 spots in Venice covered by paying wireless internet. Not ideal public locations though; almost all are hotels. With a service like Telecom Italia you can prepay for time periods or pay an abbonamento monthly.
> How to connect using a Tim network mobile
> Internet access in Venice - our findings so far
> Heinekin Jammin' Festival - at Parco San Giuliano on the mainland. Iron Maiden, Pearl Jam, Aerosmith... you get the picture.
More useful websites
> Cruise ships - calendar of arrivals and departures in Venice
> St George's Anglican Church - in Campo San Vio, Dorsoduro
> Venice in Peril Fund
> British Consulate