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Venice (Blue Guides) [Hardcover]

Alta Macadam
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27 Feb 1986 Blue Guides
This guidebook to Venice provides descriptions of all the main monuments and museums, and illustrates the best ways of exploring the city. In this edition, important restorations, including Palazzo Ducale and the Hellenistic winged lion on the column of the Piazzetta, are described. The information on hotels and restaurants, opening times and transport have also been brought up to date. There are also details of planned walks around the city.
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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd; 3rd Revised edition edition (27 Feb 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713628022
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713628029
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 10.4 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,758,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Alta Macadam has lived and worked in Italy for 30 years. She is also the author of bestselling Blue Guides to Rome, Florence, Tuscany, Umbria and Sicily. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is all you really need...and a good map. 20 Oct 2009
By Stromata VINE VOICE
This is one of the best city-guides I have ever read. The information within the covers is:

1. Correct, which is not always so!
2. Information is easy to find.
3. Very well written, so much so that one could read it cover to cover just for sheer enjoyment.

One only need take this and a good map - we took the Rough Guide one that is waterproof - and everything is just about covered.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 26 Mar 2011
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Fantastic guide to the art and architecture of Venice. Much more informative than the information panels and leaflets in any of the churches, palazzos and museums that we visited. If you want to know a little of the cultural context of this unique city, the Blue Guide is a must. The sections on accommodation and food are scant, but that isn't the point of the Blue Guides - the pages are rich with maps and plans of larger churches and museums, and detailed information on the artworks in hundreds of smaller landmarks. Worth every penny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Venice! 13 Dec 2013
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As with all the Blue Guides it is a fantastic way to find out, in detail, about the city you are going to visit. With this guide no canal, no matter how small, and no church, no matter how far off the beaten track, is left unmentioned. Armed with this book you could easily spend a year in Venice! Brilliant.
It arrived in very good condition as per the seller's description.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So you want to see Venice 20 Feb 2000
By John Schwartz - Published on Amazon.com
If you want to explore the soul of Venice, if you want to absorb every square centimeter of her charm, if you don't want to miss a thing, if you want to know all about every delightful thing you see, this is your guide book and none other. You'll never find these wonderful places any other way, and you'll never wonder what you're looking at anywhere in Venice.
The Blue Guides are incomparable: the are indispensable for a lover of the visual arts, a history buff, or a committed traveller.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide, but it only meets certain travel needs.. 6 Feb 2001
By Just-a-girl - Published on Amazon.com
If you are looking for a guide that will help you "narrow down" the choices of sights to see in Venice, this one is not for you. If you are looking for extensive lists and reviews of hotels, again this is not for you. Finally, if you're looking for detailed restauraunt information, you won't find it here. Basically, this guide is not a planning guide. I have used the Internet for most of my planning (e-mail me if you need some help finding some great sites MarySorens@hotmail.com).
What this guide does have to offer is an amazing amount of cultural, historic, and artistic information in a very packable sized guide. This will be the guide to read when you are doing your own tours of Venice. It will tell you far more than any tour guide would.
This guide also has map pages included. At first they are difficult to read and understand. But once you get the hang of them, you will love them. They are very detailed, and who wants to be seen walking around a city with a two foot map in their face??
The blue guide also gets you oriented to the city. Even if you don't use the Blue Guide's walks, they will show you which attractions are grouped together and will help you plan your routes (this is the one sense in which this guide works for planning). I haven't left yet,and my guide looks worn!
In conclusion, I am putting together my own itinerary that will contain details like restaurant and hotel addresses. And then this will be the only guidebook that I take with me to Venice. And I am looking forward to reading it and absorbing as much of the city as possible! If you are remotely interested in history and art and more, you will not regret purchasing this guide. I have used many guidebooks for trips, and the Blue Guides are the most informative and educated.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blue Guide Shines 24 Jan 2007
By James Biernat - Published on Amazon.com
As an alternative to buying a souvenir guide to every site experienced, and missing a great deal more along the way, the Guide contains the specific and important details of major churches, museums, galleries and palazzos. I have used the Guide in Rome and found no need for additional guides. Focus is on what you'll see on your walks, and what you should see. No color pictures, fewer "ads" for stores and restaurants -- tho there are some -- but valuable-to-essential to the tourist serious about the experience in Venice.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Art, Architecture and History - it's all here! 21 Sep 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
The amazingly rich Blue Guides have been around for years and years - I recently bought a hardback Rome Blue Guide from 1964! - and they just keep getting better and better. If you're like me, and have a passion for art and history, they're the best guides available. No glossy photos, and dense with details, they're not the book for everyone - but because they concisely describe nearly every corner of the city, they ARE the guidebook for some of us.
I use other guidebooks for planning (Access is excellent, and Littlewood's "A Literary Companion to Venice" is great for walking tours) but the Blue Guide is only one I carry in my purse every day in Venice.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Art Lover's Book 6 May 2010
By Albert A. Chambers - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a new and expanded edition. This is not a general guide book. This focuses on the art and architecture of Venice. There are lots of excellent pictures of various paintings.
All churches and other sites are located on excellent quality maps at the end of the book.
This book is probably best studied before you go. Find the sites you want to see and find a convenient way to visit several of these during the days of your visit.
This book will be dry and academic to readers who aren't art buffs.
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