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The Companion Guide to Venice (Companion Guides) Paperback – 24 May 2001

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Companion Guides; 4 edition (24 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1900639246
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900639248
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 231,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It offers all that the visitor with a concern for beauty and for leisurely sight-seeing will require. FINANCIAL TIMES If ever a guidebook were designed to be read as literature it is Mr Honour's. Even those who know Venice well and love it well will add to their appreciation from this seemingly endless store of information. ECONOMIST

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I found this book before I went to Venice, and it made a huge difference to me. Hugh Honour is clearly a scholar who knows his field through and through, and once you begin to trust him (which doesn't take long), then a great joy is to read about what he says of a particular painting, and then go to find it. The previous reviewer mentions that there are no colour illustrations, and this does initially feel like a drawback, and it might be that a publisher wouldn't be harmed by bringing out a new edition of this excellent book with illustrations. But as it is, it is by someone who knows and loves Venice, and that comes across. I am going to Florence after Christmas, and as soon as I booked the trip I looked very eagerly to see if Honour had written one on Florence. Sadly not, but I am going to order his World of Art book, as I admire his prose style so much.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Antigone on 25 Aug. 2013
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This book was not what I expected. It is certainly interesting, well informed, and well written. I did my research in the local Waterstones before purchasing this online (having seen a great review in the FT but without seeing it in store) and I honestly did not see a better written, more informative guide in store. However, there are only black and white illustations, my personal weakness re travel books is that I love to be inspired by colour photographs and the only one in this book is on the cover.
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The GREATEST Guidebook for Venice EVER 29 Sept. 2005
By Roseann Fitzgerald - Published on Amazon.com
I received this guidebook as a gift in 1992, and wandered all over Venice, reading it for 10 days. It's one of the finest guidebooks I've ever read, with helpful maps, organized by neighborhoods, and much, much information that will make your trip to Venice, even richer than you expected it would be.

Venice is about mystery, it's about people, and it's about finding yourself. You'll do that with this book.
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Hugh Honour's Companion Guide to Venice 22 April 2013
By stickstyle - Published on Amazon.com
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The book arrived in good condition, as advertised. I recommend this to anyone planning to visit Venice. I would also recommend that they read Ruskin's Stones of Venice.
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