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Lonely Planet Venice & the Veneto (Travel Guide) Paperback – 10 Feb 2012
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This is a great guide book for buying well before your trip as you can highlight and bookmark anywhere you would like to go, and even categorise your bookmarks by colour. The choice of maps is great, as venice has some stupidly long street names for very short streets, so you dont get them all on one map ever. A tip for trying to actually not get lost is to read the street name backwards. Well, sort of! The names are often such as "the small street by the big bridge near the sqare of the church of santa maria" but in Italian. The hiuse numbers are next as they number by region, so a small street like this can have 3 houses, but be numbers 3210 to 3213. So basically, find the church, then the square, then look round at the bridges and pontoons and the numbers by them. Its a bit whacky, but you soon get used to it. If you are not going digital, buy two guide books or maps - seriously, you really need two! Ts is why I like having the ability to use two digital map providers for venice.
As for the information, it covers everything from when to go, to what to do if you love sightseeing or gormet food, or have young children, or are disabled, or have no money, or even the whole lot at once! If you are staying for longer than a few days, then its no so essential to plan, but I strongly recommend this if you are taking a short trip. I have been several times, but usually by boat, so only get a few days in venice and murano or burano both of which are definately worth the trip too.
A great guide book gone digital from one of the best travel companies.
Lots of relevant info about things to do, places to go, transport guidance.
Althought they suggest reserving tables in restaurants we did not manage to do this as they were hard enough to find in the first place- no way we would have found ourselves back in the same place!!
Downside is that prices shown are out of date. Before publishing each year, the publishers would be sensible to check all prices shown to ensure their accuracy.
Worth buying though.
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