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Rather flowery but interesting,
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I first read this many years ago before my first proper trip to Venice - the first time I was en route elsewhere and our train stayed in the Venice station for 10 mins).
I found it interesting but got a bit irritated by the flowery passages and the personal projections about the Venetians. However, a lot of other books are very historical and often a bit dry - even Francesco's Venice, which does make up for that with stunning pictures.
This book was also written in 1960 and despite revisions is really about the place 51 years ago!
To sum up, I enjoyed it in full first time round. Second time around and now having been on a proper trip to Venice, I find it rather irritating but nice to dip into.
If you haven't been to Venice, the place is definitely 5-star and I'm really looking forward to my second proper visit in a week's time!