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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Venice & the Veneto Paperback – February 20, 2012

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Product Details

  • Series: Eyewitness Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: DK Eyewitness Travel; Revised edition (February 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756684102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756684105
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #566,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. A. Harris on June 24, 2010
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They don't come any better than Eyewitness Travel Guides. We used it extensively on our recent trip to Venice and the surrounding areas. The guide provides enough detail to get one going and lavish illustrations to whet one's appetite for the real things to be seen. The book is sized right and has ample ancillary material (survival guide, street maps, vaporetto routes, even Italian phrases for English speakers) to be a useful item to carry along easily. If one can take only one resource on a trip to Venice, I'd recommend this one.
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Eyewitness Travel Guides have long been considered among the best of breed: thorough, readable and beautifully illustrated. These illustrations go well beyond pictures of the famous paintings, statues and buildings you will encounter. Typical are the "look-down'' drawings of, in this case, Venice's sestiere, or main neighborhoods. They provide the visitor walking about a better idea of where he or she is in the community. These guides are like miniature coffee table books -- once you have returned home, you want to pick them up to re-live your experience.
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I found this the most useful guide in visiting Venice and its surroundings. It was full of good ideas, accurate and interesting information all well organized. Whether planning day trips, picking a restaurant, advice on how to get around, this is a really useful book. Beautifully presented with pictures, maps, etc.
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We used this for our recent trip to Venice. It was nice to have some photos of places to look at as we planned the trip. Once we got there, we tore out some maps and the Italian phrase page and left the book at home. In retrospect, I wish I had gotten a Rick Steves guide that gives a little more deppth and a seperate phrase book that gave more phrases. It was better than nothing to have this book though, and the illustrations and photos are very well done.

Someone needs to publish a book of places to go in Venice where they won't totally rip you off, and a guide to negotiating on prices in Venice. Everything there is negotiable- that is one thing I didn't learn in this guidebook.

Its really crowded there, so don't go if you can't take crowds or if you have trouble walking up and down lots of steps over canals.
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We will be makign our third trip to Venice in a few weeks and needed an up to date travel book. We find the Evewitness books to be excellant. The paper quailty is outstanding, the write ups excellant and when ordering through Amazon, the prices and shipping are always excellant. The information in Eyewitness books is some of the best. Always up to date and accurate. Plus we find more interesting places to visit as a result on their information. We ordered several books from Amazon for this trip and since we have Amazon Prime shipping, the shipping was free. this is a great deal especially when compared with the prices at the local book store.
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I recently went to Europe and purchased a DK book for most major cities that I visited. Not only were they helpful to plan the trip, they were extremely helpful to identify the photographs that I took after I returned. These are incredibly well designed, written and organized to make it easy to find information. The detailed drawings of the interior of buildings are unique to DK. I did not have the opportunity to visit many buildings, such as those in the grand plaza. However, I did see the outside and the picture showed clearly the details that I missed on the inside and explained the details on the outside. I was very interested in four horses that were on one building. After the trip, I realized that they were taken back to France by Napolean and then returned after his demise. This book had a very detailed map of the Grand Canal in Venice and that was helpful in identifying the buildings in my photographs. One was a building where Napolian watched the grand parade in his honor after taking Venice. They also have a detailed explanation about how the islands were built and the history of their rise and issues they are facing now. The transportation section was also very helpful as trasportation is like nowhere else I have visited. This is an outstanding book and is highly recommended.
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This series is one of the best for travelers interested in knowing about where they're going, but that said, it's not as user-friendly for finding restaurant and lodging recommendations. I found myself bringing the book along as a "tour-guide" to the important spots, and really loved how well it presents the history, art, and cultural aspects of the city and region. I did find it a little annoying to match the lists of restaurants, hotels, bars, etc to the maps provided and thus relied on smart phone apps or other guides for easily selecting and finding restaurants, etc... Overall, I'd definitely choose this book (and series) first for an interesting airplane read and compact tour-guide and bring a smartphone for other things. -I wouldn't rely on suggested restaurants or bars from guidebooks like "Rick Steve's" or others since you'll just find places catering to other tourists who bought the same guidebook!
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We are still in planning stages but this is an excellent guide. It helps to provide reference and context and excellent in helping overcome the jitters of being in a land where English is not the primary language. The pictures help make everything come alive and the Maps are excellent in helping to plan a walking experience that doesn't double and triple cover the same ground. Highly recommend in planning your tip. Once taken, I will update on how it was when there.
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