In a good-natured guide for die-hard "Venetophiles," author and etiquette guru Martin focuses not on the stunning Byzantine architecture of this Italian city but on the unique personality of Venetians themselves. While this fun-to-read paean to the sybaritic delights of la Serenissima offers a compelling window into the city's social history, it should come as no surprise that the author of Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior is most interested in schooling her readers on how to comport themselves in a city still long on Old World charm and cultural mores. Martin is quick to point out that even the most illustrious tourists (including former Venice visitors Tennyson, Tchaikovsky and Twain) need a bit of good-natured advice on how to present themselves ("Hat etiquette is strict") and interact with others ("Making poetic observations ... should be resisted at any cost"). Martin also dips an enthusiastic toe into the rich history of Venetian food and drink ("Veneto's prosecco is not just cheaper than champagne but better"), painting, poetry and party-going, making the book perfect for a swift, semi-intellectual overview of Venice that goes several steps deeper than the average tourist guide.
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not as great as Venice, but almost. Perceptive, atmospheric, will make you want to go, or go back...Published 7 months ago by Michael P
I just returned from Venice for the fifth time, and this book reminded me of why I keep going back. It captures the magnetism of the city in a humorous, informative manner. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Vina Isaac
This book is well written and has some great information about Venice that you don't find in guidebooks. For people who love Venice this book is a wonderful read. Read morePublished on June 10, 2013 by Nancy Peterson
Judith Martin shares - deeply, rapturously shares - her love of Venice, even while acknowledging why others might nit find her quite so charming. Read morePublished on June 1, 2013 by RAASusanne
Evokes the atmosphere of Venice and insights on the natives, nice for recalling your visit or preparing for the next one.Published on March 7, 2013 by B. F. Fox
Of course it ALL makes venice GLORIOUS! I have shared this with friends and hope they like it as much as I did. Great insight into a quirky city with endless quirky charm!Published on October 19, 2011 by M. Coughlin