I purchased this book because I am due to take a trip to Venice in the Summer. It won't be my first visit, in fact I have been twice before, although not for a few years.
I've seen loads of Guidebooks on this much-written-about city; and thought I knew all there was to know; but I was wrong!
What I love about Jan Morris' book is that it's a very personal view; neither a series of dry historical facts, or a guidebook, as such, although it is a bit of both these things.
I knew the author lived in Venice for a while, which no doubt helped a lot. It's really Venice as the Venetians see it (even though, truth be told, there aren't many of them who actually live in the city… Read more