Visitors to Venice tend to look up - at the glorious architecture, stunning ceiling mosaics and monuments. What I didn't notice so much, was people looking DOWN. I thought I was alone, until I found this book. The floors of Venice are just as stunning, with elaborate cosmarti paving in many of the older, romanesque churches, beautifully preserved despite the regular floods (some of them have had to be taken up in their entirety and replaced, though you would never know). From the paving of St Mark's Square to the intricacies of the basilica, to the other churches such as Torcello, tracing the history of flooring in Venice from the earliest days to modern times, this book examines a facet of Venice often overlooked, as it lies beneath your feet. And incidentally, a fun game for children who might be bored by 'yet another church', is to get them to look for ammonite fossils in the Veronese marble floor slabs. Some of them are huge! I would say this is essential for any lover of Venice, potential visitors or those who have just returned, like me, hungry to know more.