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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Venice & the Veneto Flexibound – 1 Feb 2010
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'A pleasurable read with ravishing photography plus maps and plans of supreme quality.' The Observer
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I was so impressed with this book that I also have bought the one on Germany, Italy and Florence! As soon as I go somewhere new, I will add to my library of eyewitness to-guide books.
The only negative side is that they do not update what it cost to travel say on the vaporetto and such, so one gets a little bit shocked if one has planned for one sum and then that sum is so much higher than the book stated. And when we arrived to a highly recommended gelateria, it was closed for renovations since quite some time. So I suspect that each new edition of the book might not go through too much editing.
The illustrations were easy to understand and extremely accurate. You really need to sit down and spend half an hour or so understanding how the book works before setting foot in Venice. We did so and after that the book was quick and easy to use. There was fabulous detail on the sights, extremely good coverage of restaurants and shops plus a very clear explanation of how the local transportation works. The book also includes several area walking tours, which we followed easily and saw some hidden gems we would otherwise have missed.
Overall as guidebooks go, particularly for the complexity of Venice, this was one of the best books I have used. The detailed map was particularly good and we soon ditched the version handed to us by the ferry operator in favour of it. Just superb!
The other prices are completely out of date too.
The map of the Vaporetto routes has the place names in writing that is almost microscopically small. There is plenty of room on the map to use a much larger font.
Also this covers Venice and the Veneto. If you are just going to Venice, you end up carrying quite a big book around with you with a lot of irrelevant info.
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Comes with a map in the back you can take out.
Great info as usual.