This guide to Venice covers all the major sights, area by area, in an easily navigable format. Descriptions of tourist attractions include the Grand Canal, Basilica di San Marco, Palazzo Ducale and the city's major museums. The guide also contains background historical information, advice on shopping and entertainment and the low-down on Italian cuisine. There is an A-Z of practical information, listings of recommended hotels and restaurants and useful expressions in Italian. You can read on a variety of topics, ranging from Thomas Mann's "Death in Venice" to gondolas. Excursions to the islands of San Giorgio Maggiore, San Michele, Murano, Burano, Torcello and the Lido are outlined. Maps show Venice, Central Venice and the Venetian Lagoon, and there are dozens of colour photographs throughout.