Difficult things to get right are Tourist Guides particularly I would imagine, for single cities. The internet gives a vast amount of information on accommodations, with full details and pictures and often videos, and sites such as Trip Advisor, a plethora of reviews for each hotel or apartment. Likewise to a similar extent with restaurants.
So what does the average intending visitor to a city really need? In my view is for starters a spiral bound book that allows for easy use and does not keep 'changing' pages when put down on a cafe table or similar. Then it is essential to have good, clear street maps that can be easily read other than by the most optically impaired. The pages need to be comfortably spaced out with a good balance between photographs, maps and information. Other useful aids are suggested exploring itineraries, excursions, entertainments, shopping, places of interest, and a little bit about the history of the place. Bearing in mind that the Tourist Guide will be heaved around for many hours every day during the visit, it is important that it is sturdy, but not too heavy or too large that it will not fit into a handbag or large pocket.
The "AA Venice Spiral Guide", fits the bill on all of these requirements and more, and is the ideal accompaniment for your next visit to Venice.
on 1 December 2009
I love this book. It is so informative and helpful, from where to go, maps, etc to where to eat. Tried some of the suggestions and more. I highly recommend this to anyone going to the wonderful city as there is so much to see and this book covers the WHOLE city, not just the tourist spots. Only thing is does not tell you is how much scaffolding may be seen when you arrive!
on 7 September 2009
Once we announced to our friends that we are going to Venice, they all seemed to have a guide book at the ready for us - but the one I purchased from Amazon is far and away a better aid to the city than all those that were offered!
Would strongly recommend this to anyone travelling to this beautiful city.
Clear and concise with plenty of maps, photos and descriptions of places of interest.
Well worth the money!