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Streetwise Venice Map - Laminated City Center Street Map of Venice, Italy Map – Folded Map, December 27, 2008


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Product Details

  • Map: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Streetwise Maps (December 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0935039783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0935039788
  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #782,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Don't leave home without STREETWISE.' --The New York Times

'STREETWISE is an absolute travel essential.' --Travel + Leisure Magazine

'In a strange city, your sense of direction is only as good as the map in your hands. The best maps to carry are published by STREETWISE.' --Chicago Daily Herald

About the Author

STREETWISE® is the first map to be designed with modern graphics and is the originator of the laminated, accordion-fold map format. We’ve set the standard that every map company has imitated but never duplicated. Our mission is to make you feel comfortable, to make you feel safe in a place where you’ve never been before and to enable you to experience a familiar place more fully.<P>The company was founded in 1984 by Michael Brown, who had been in international publishing for many years, setting up subsidiaries for textbook publishers. In the 1970’s, Brown traveled extensively throughout Africa, India, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Brown would take a large paper map, cut out the city center, folded it up and slip it into his pocket, thus preventing him from looking like a tourist in areas where discretion is the better part of travel. This was his tool for surviving.<P>After many years on the road, Brown settled back in New York and decided to start his own business, based on the adaptations he had made to maps in his travels. His goal was to give someone the ability to navigate easily in unfamiliar terrain.<P>He started with a new map format: the accordion fold. Such a simple idea, but at the time it was revolutionary. No more struggling to fold an awkward, oversized paper map. This new format would enable the user to blend in like a native, instead of stick out like a tourist. Brown then added lamination to ensure that the map would be a lasting tool.<P>More important than the format was the design of the map itself. It had to be a map that not only succeeded above and beyond any map he had used, but was esthetically appealing as well. The look of it had to be as striking as the functionality. Color was introduced in a way that was never seen before in a map - vivid purple for water, soothing gray for the background of street grids, gold to highlight elements of the map. Clarity, conciseness and convenience in a very stylish package.<P>Building the business was a 24 hour job. Brown sold the maps during the day, zipping around Manhattan making deliveries on his Harley Davidson. At night he packed the orders and did the design work. More titles were added, each title requiring months of research and design.<P>Today, STREETWISE® produces over 130 titles for major destinations, regions and countries throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Europe, the United Kingdom and Asia. We have grown from the back of a motorcycle to selling millions of maps around the world.<P>Yet each title is still painstakingly researched and updated. STREETWISE® is one of the only, if not THE only map company that conducts research by walking or driving an area to ensure accuracy. After all, what good is the map if what you hold in your hands doesn’t match what you see on the street sign? This lengthy fact checking results in superior accuracy; in effect, we’ve done the work, now you have the adventure.<P>In the end, it’s not about the map, it’s about getting out and finding your own authentic experience wherever you go. It’s about being in a city or a region and discovering things that you never thought you would find. You can do this if you have confidence and you have confidence if you have a great map. STREETWISE® is the great map that you need.

Customer Reviews

Perfect map for my trip in Venice...I love the fact that I can't destoy it if it gets wet...
Robin A. Davis
Far better to pick up one of the free maps given out by the tourist office, or available in almost all of the hotels.
George Foxworth
The streetwise map of Venice was not quite as useful as other Streetwise Maps I've used in other locals.
Cynthia L. Rup

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Sweet VINE VOICE on May 3, 2005
Format: Map Verified Purchase
This map was a terrible disappointment. It leaves out whole important sections of the city (the Giudecca, even the Lido!), gives only the main streets (thus making it much easier to get lost in an already maze-like place), and leaves out vital information found on standard tourist maps, such as water-bus (vaporetto) routes and opening times for museums. My advice: save your money and get a decent map for a few bucks when you get to Venice.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 2002
Format: Map
Regardless of the map you WILL find a deadend in Venice - turn the corner and there is no more - either a wall or a canal.
This map is great - thin and water-resistant (coated) overall
best deal for the price/size.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Korzh on January 20, 2007
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This is a Venice street map, laminated, folding into standard envelope size item. You can get essentially the same thing, only without lamination, from a tourist bureau while in Venice for free. A good product, but not an essential one to buy ahead of your trip to Venice - get it there.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marco on July 28, 2008
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I have many maps from visiting Italy and have ordered some that were similar from the hotel lobbies, but this one is excellent compared to those. It shows all the little side canals and even has the canal where my future hotel is, which based on trip advisor comments, alot of travelers had a hard time locating. I am happy with this map - streetwise Venice; as well as streetwise Rome.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MsGonzo on June 5, 2007
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My husband and I found this map to be extremely helpful, in large part because of the clear identification of the monuments. It's worth the money to have it for the first day or two until you get your bearings.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TravelMod on January 2, 2007
Format: Map
There are maps with more detail, but this map is an essential. Lightweight, laminated (waterproof), pocket-sized, and with almost all the detail that most Venice visitors, new or experienced, will need. Fully-opened, it is still small and easy to use. A handy gazeteer lists many streets and monuments, with map grid locations. There are some very tiny streets/alleys that are hard to make out, but that is true for almost any

pocket-sized folding map. A guidebook like the Michelin Green will have some maps in it that may have more detail, but with this one, you needn't refer to the book most of the time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By buffalogal on April 1, 2010
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Just back from a week in Italy. You definitely need a map in Venice, and I was glad I had this. BUT--poor contrast makes this map difficult to read. Maybe it is my middle aged eyes, but the tiny print and dark colors made this difficult to read. Someone I was travelling with had one from the Lonely Planet folks and it was much better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jamie MacTavish on December 8, 2008
Format: Map
I usually have a great sense of direction and Venice is the first city I've ever vacationed where I actually got lost when there was still daylight. If I didn't have this map, it would have been much worse.

The map has it's problems but that has more to do with the streets of Venice which have long names that often change every block. I don't blame the map-makers. I think that they did the best they could while keeping the map smallish: it folds out to 8.5 inches X 19 inches. (It is 8.5 inches X 4 inches folded up.) This map is much better than the maps included in the Venice travel book we bought ("Top Ten Venice"), and I'm glad we bought it. We'd truly have been lost without it.
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