In few places can it be claimed that the entire city is one panoramic work of art. There seems barely a building in Venice that does not contain hundreds of years of precious historical testimony. Of course, much changed down the centuries. A great deal of the city’s early Romanesque and Byzantine buildings were swept away to make room for Gothic splendours. – Reprinted from Lonely Planet Venice and the Veneto
Pages: 300 pages
Dimensions: 5 x .7 x 7.8 inches
Weight: 9.6 ounces
Maps: The maps in the Lonely Planet books are the best I have found in any guidebooks. There are city maps, regional maps and a country map. You can actually use the street maps to find your way around a city.
Pictures: There are a limited number of photos.
Guide Book Review – What I like about Lonely Planet Venice and the Veneto:
- If I could only buy one guidebook for Venice and the Veneto, this would be it. I think they provide the best information on how to get to places and what to do when you are there. They also tell you what you should see and do when you are there.
- I love the slightly irreverent tone of these books.
- The Table of Contents is great. They make it very easy to find whatever it is that you are looking for.
- There is a separate section on the “fragile lagoon” and the cities unique architecture.
- Suggestions for side trips to Verona, Padua, Vicenza, among others are provided.
- There is a good, though short language guide and Italian word glossary.
- There is information on where to find tourist offices (which are excellent places to pick up free maps), foreign consulates, medical services, what to do in an emergency, etc.
- Information is provided on how to get around if you are arriving by air, bus, train, car, etc.
- Tips on things to buy, entertainment, bars, gambling, where to see the opera, etc. is provided.
- Side Boxes contain interesting bits of information.
- Information is provided to suit every budget – inexpensive hotels as well as luxury hotels. They give you their opinions on where you should splurge and spend a few extra dollars and what is not worth the extra money.
- Information on how to get to the various sites is provided.
- There is a chapter on the Arts (Visual Arts, Literature, Music, Film, Theater and Dance).
- A section on walking tours is provided.
Guide Book Review – What I Don’t Like about Lonely Planet Venice and the Veneto:
- I can’t think of anything I would change!