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This review is from: Venice and Veneto Footprint Travel Guides (Paperback)
Venice can be intimidating. Crowded, hot, expensive, but most of all scary. So much to know, so little known etc. This time, March 2010, I think I got lucky. Maybe it was the time of year, because in late March it just wasn't so busy. Maybe the weather. It was cool, and every afternoon a mist would cover the city and hang around for a couple of hours. It would lift very slowly, and as it did: fresh eyes. So THIS is Venice . . . Ms Main's book made a big contribution, I believe. She tells a good story from the time her 'travelling companion' spent in the Serenissima as a student, and maybe that's the key. The necessary stuff is all there in 'Venice & Veneto, but it's written with a bit of youthful irreverence and exuberance. Exactly the tone I needed to contain the intimidation and help me see Venice through fresh eyes. And it's true: the popout map is really useful.