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Proved its worth on the ground,
This review is from: DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Venice & the Veneto (Paperback)
Planning something more than a day trip to Venice? Then, this book is essential.
The splendour of Venice is well known, but like the thorns on a rose, Venice has its fair share of nuisances. Of course, if you're there for just a couple of hours, these are watered down to a vaporetto trip on the Grand Canal, a gondola rip-off and a visit to San Marco and the Campanile.
However, if you're staying in Venice for some days, you need something to structure your trip upon. This book is a gem. Compact enough to fit a small bag (too big for a pocket) it's full of information, graphics and tips.
A history and general information section at the beginning makes a good read ahead of arriving there. This is followed by a section called "a view of the Grand Canal", with illustrations giving a bird's eye view of the Canal and the main attractions encountered on its banks. Then, the city is divided into areas with colour-coded pages corresponding to the shade of colour of the particular district in the main map. Each section contains a brief intro, information about the main sights, and a suggested walking route. The top sights are given full pages, with dissected diagrams of the main churches and buildings.
Venice is truly a maze, and this book has several pages of detailed maps. Other maps given by the hotel or information office were not detailed enough to make our way through such a labyrinth. These maps were truly our Ariadne's thread.
We did use some of the suggested eateries,and the reviews were true to fact.
All in all, recommended for those visiting Venice.