As one of the world’s most famous and visited cities,
there is naturally a vast choice of books on Venice, covering
every spectrum you could imagine. This most romantic of
places’ unrivalled beauty and charm is captured in,
and can be enjoyed in, many books set in and about the city.
Travel guides are obviously extremely popular for those
planning a visit. These relatively cheap itineraries manage
to cram in basically everything in order to advise and suggest
the best way to enjoy your holiday and get the most out
of it. These invariably lively and helpful guides are perfect
pocket companions for holidaymakers and are excellent for
keeping you on the right track in every theme. Among the
most popular and best are the Lonely Planet, Time Out and
Rough Guide, all of which examine Venice as a must see place
Other areas of Venice away from the tourist aspect are
well represented too of course. The city’s history,
traditions, culture et al are captured in volumes. Art,
Architecture and the History of the city itself are core
themes of Venice’ glorious past and distinction and
are all are well represented in various books available.
The above subject matters may be the most popular purchase
reading generally but there are many more topics on Venice
for those looking for a particular ‘taste’ such
as cooking and food guides for example. Language, maps,
tours and even novels set in Venice could well be tempting
to the knowledgeable.
- James Martin offers his top ten books on Venice covering
everything from travel to architecture and even a murder
mystery novel set in the city.
Did you Know?!?
The ancient Greek poet Homer’s epic poem Iliad
is housed in the medieval public library at St Mark’s
Square. It is the oldest existing copy and dates at least
a thousand years.