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1.0 out of 5 stars DK misfires badly, 10 Aug 2012
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This review is from: DK Eyewitness Pocket Map And Guide: Venice (Paperback)
I'm a massive fan of all the shapes and sizes of DK guides but this one (and the larger DK top 10 Venice guide) are proper stinkers for a few basic reasons. Although they contain the standard information you'd expect, in both of the above mentioned (which are the most recent print runs) the prices it quotes for entry to the main attractions-namely the Doge's Palace, the Campanile and Academia-were listed as at least 60% less than the real price. (We didn't go to the Basilica so can't comment on that). The second fault was there was no mention of the infamous Venice "tourist tax" whereby every visitor has to pay one euro per hotel star per person per night for the first five days. The first we knew of this was at check in to the hotel. So 4 nights for a couple in a 4 star hotel means you have to pay 32 euros in cash on check out. I would have expected to find this basic information in the "arriving in Venice" part of the guide. (We never found out why it had to be paid in cash.) Thirdly, the guide does not explain how long it takes to get from Marco Polo airport to the city and how hard it is to establish the best means of transport. (We were told to get water taxi-115 euros!) We couldn't get the cheaper option-the Vaporetto because it didn't stop near our hotel so it left the Alilaguna water bus-a painfully long 90 minutes on an overcrowded boat with our cases on our knees. Again, none of this was mentioned in the "arriving" part of the guide. The only saving grace of this edition was the laminated map which was invaluable for negotiating the narrow streets. So, Venice is gorgeous and well worth a visit, but take a different guide with you rather than this one!
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Initial post: 21 Aug 2013 17:14:09 BDT
Patsy says:
I have been to Venice many times as it is one of my favourite cities.But even though I haven't sed this book,I don't think you can blame a book for the most basic tourist mistakes which you should have researched before leaving home.I usually rent an apartment but this year I am staying in a B& B .The Tourist tax was clearly mentioned to me this year when I booked my room & one should know that entry prices are not static so are unreliable.
The cheapest way to get into Venice is the bus to Piazalle Rom then jump on a Vaperetto.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Aug 2013 21:29:03 BDT
JT says:
To pick you up on a couple of points you made, the book formed part of out pre visit research and as such I think I have the right to assume the entry prices for the top attractions would at least be in the same ball park as the prices listed in the guide (or why did the cover of my edition state it was updated for 2012?) 60% out is out of order. As novice travellers to Venice neither the travel agent or the book mentioned the tourist tax (an incredibly controversial local issue) so how else are we supposed to know about it? And finally, as I wrote in my review, the Vaperetto service went nowhere near our hotel so it wasn't an option for us, we were reliant on the book and the local advice we received in the airport. A lot of the things we found out on this visit would serve us well in future visits-we didn't, unfortunately have the years of experience that you have.
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