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The Rough Guide to Venice and the Veneto (Rough Guide To Venice & the Veneto) [Paperback]

Jonathan Buckley , Hilary Robinson , Rachel Kaberry
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28 Jun 2001 Rough Guide To Venice & the Veneto
One of the last great refuges for romantics, Venice sparkles in this new edition. Lively accounts of all the museums and monuments complement entertaining background on the city's rich history and current efforts to preserve its cultural legacy. A brand-new color map section helps you find your way around -- though we'll also show you how to get lost in hidden cafes, quiet churches, and area villages.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides Ltd; 5th Revised edition edition (28 Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858287200
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858287201
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.9 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,991,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jonathan Buckley is one of the founding members of Rough Guides and still works for the company as an Editorial Director.

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WHEN TO GO Venice’s tourist season is very nearly an all-year affair. Peak season is from April to October, when hotel rooms are virtually impossible to come by at short notice; if possible give the central part of this period a miss, and at all costs don’t try to stay in July and August, when the crowds are at their fullest, the climate becomes oppressively hot and clammy, and many of the restaurants close down anyway. The other two popular spells are the Carnevale (leading up to Lent) and the weeks on each side of Christmas; again, hotels tend to be heavily booked, but at least the authentic life of the city isn’t submerged during these festive periods, as it is by the summer inundation.

For the ideal combination of comparative peace and pleasant climate, the two or three weeks immediately preceding Easter is perhaps the best time of year. The days should be mostly mild – though the weather can be capricious – and finding accommodation won’t present insuperable problems. Climatically the months at the end of the high season are somewhat less reliable: some November days are so clear that the Dolomites seem to start on the edge of the mainland, while others bring fogs that make it difficult to see from one bank of the Canal Grande to the other. However, the desertion of the streets in winter is magical, and the sight of the Piazza under floodwater is unforgettable. This acqua alta, as Venice’s seasonal flooding is called, is an increasingly common occurrence between October and March, and you should anticipate a few inconvenient days in the course of a two-week visit in winter. Duck-boards enable people to move dry-footed around the busiest parts of the city, but some low-lying areas – such as around Campo San Polo – become impassable to anyone without gumboots, and on certain freakish days the water rises so high that boats can be rowed onto the Piazza.

If you want to see the city at its quietest, January is the month to go – take plenty of warm clothes, though, as the winds of the Adriatic can be savage, and you should be prepared for some rain.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful pocket guide 2 Sep 2004
This book seems to me to be the best of the guides for the traveller not too familiar with Venice. (Hugh Honor's Companion to venice and JG links Venice for Pleasure are wonderful books for those interested in more serious in depth stuff.) The RG gets the balance right between practical info and making a serious effort to communicate the real magic of this extraordinary city. The historical background is sound and the info about churches and galleries enough to whet the appetite. In my view much better than the LP which is so pedestrian and just plain dull.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading 12 Nov 2002
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I am a loyal Rough Guide reader so I am not surprised to find this one as useful as I've found all of their series on Italy.
I can only repeat what I've said in other reviews READ THIS ONE BEFORE YOU START PLANNING YOUR TRIP !
This is particularly important for Venice which is the most difficult Italian city I've found to walk (or glide )around. It is very important that you choose the right area to stay in as mistakes are costly. The guide warns about avoiding a hotel near to Piazzale Roma and the Lista de Spagna and also advises that as romantic as the Grand Canal is it is noisey all night long!!If you want to make the most of your time the advice on getting around should be studied diligently.Your homework will reward you handsomely. The sections on politics and history make good background reading and as always their advise on Arrival and Departures is second to none.
It is a genuine good all rounder but should be used along with the Dorling Kindersley Guide to Venice and the Veneto which is much easier to use when actually visiting the city's attractions. They are both good on Venice and together are all you should need for a first visit. The section on the Veneto is also adequate for a first time vistor to the joys of Padua,Asolo and Vicenza etc. I heartily commend this book to you, particularly if you are planning your trip to Venice next year in the dark days of a British Winter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 26 April 2006
Just returned from Venice where we used this guide. Excellent information on places to visit including concerts and superb recommendations on bars and restaurants - thanks to this guide we had some fantastic meals. Really, really good - buy it now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Informative - Really Useful 19 April 2006
By matigrebooks VINE VOICE
This guide was essential reading whilst in Venice. This particular version had very few mistakes and I was suprised how up-to-date things like prices for exhibitions, museums, travel cards etc.

Without this guide I would have spent money unnecessarily, as things like the VeniceCard and travel passes are not widely advertised in Venice itself or online.

The guide also provided me with information about neighbouring towns, which prompted visits to neighbouring Padua which was useful.

For beginners and experts alike, it is indispensable reading and the quality of information provided is second-to-none. (Even historical descriptions for those who want to take an extra step) Overall, this particular guide is unbeatable.
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