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Venice for Pleasure (Pallas for Pleasure) Paperback – 1 Oct 2008

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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Pallas Athene; 8 edition (1 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1873429967
  • ISBN-13: 978-1873429969
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 610,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Whether in prospect or in retrospect, or there in one's hands in the city itself, the most informative and engaging guide to the past and present of Venice. --Philip Pullman

Essential on any Venetian outing --Sunday Telegraph

My all time favourite guidebook --James Daunt of Daunt's Travel Books

Venice with Passion --The Guardian

This magic book...not only the best guide-book to that city ever written, but the best guide-book to any city ever written --Bernard Levin,The Times

The grand old man of Venice --Brian Sewell, Evening Standard

Quite brilliant --Country Living

One of those miraculous books that gets passed by hand, pressed urgently on friends --Sean French, New Statesman

J.G.Links' little charmer --The Lady

Deliciously readable --Saga Magazine

Essential reading --Cande Nast Online

One of the most delightful and original guides ever written about the city- any city for that matter --Jan Morris

One of the great travel books --The Art Newspaper

Classic --Country Life

A friend --Daily Mirror

The world's best guidebook --William Boyd, Spectator

The best guide to Venice --Daily Telegraph

A world authority on Venice --Jeffrey Bernard, Spectator

Let's do it again, J.G. --Sue Lawley, The Sunday Telegraph

Exceptionally fascinating --Reiskrant

Little treasure --Newsday

The little classic --Good Book Guide

A trusty companion --Ned Sherrin, Mail on Sunday

An absolute must for anyone going to Venice --Evening Standard

The most readable guide to Venice --John Diamond, The Sunday Times

Not only the best guide book to that city ever written, but the best guide book to any city ever written --Bernard Levin, The Times

The essential and much loved companion --Anderson's Travel Companion

It doesn't tell you about all the Tintorettos and Veroneses and Titans you must look at. It just tells you how to enjoy yourself --Ham and High

Funny and fascinating, it is invaluable on the ground but also as a beautiful piece of descriptive reading --Eothen

Mr. Links leads a visitor on a number of walks through the labyrinth ways of the most beautiful of cities, walks filled with history, art, observation, curiosities, exotica, and sophistication. It's a guide which like no other I know, leads, by gloriously digressive routes, straight into the heart of a city's genius --A Common Reader


This is the walking guide to Venice taking in the cultural highlights and illustrated with paintings, photographs and engravings to reveal how the city became how it is today. None of Venice's innumerable chroniclers have portrayed the Serenissima's character with quite such a combination of the scholarly, the informal and the intimate. Over the years thousands of readers, starting this book, have been relieved to encounter its famously undemanding approach to the city - 'Generally the first thing to do in Venice is to sit down and have a coffee': but by the time they get to the end of it, all the same, they will have learnt virtually everything that an educated stranger needs to know about the place, its art and history, besides being subtly entertained throughout. (from Jan Morris' introduction to this new 8th revised edition published on the occasion of the title's 40th Anniversary).

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