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The World of Venice

The World of Venice

by Jan Morris

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 315 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Morris displays her talent for research, telling anecdote and well-wrought prose in this spirited portrait of a beloved city, its history and inhabitants. If you are going to read one book on Venice, we recommend this favorite. (ITL12, $18.95)

Art and Life in Renaissance Venice

Art and Life in Renaissance Venice

by Patricia Brown

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

This compact volume evokes the spirit of Renaissance Venice with authoritative essays and 120 full-color illustrations. (ITL57, $53.40)

Eyewitness Guide Venice & the Veneto

Eyewitness Guide Venice & the Veneto

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Features color photography, dozens of excellent maps (including a pullout map) and a synopsis of the region's attractions. (ITL200, $20.00)

Venice Map

Venice Map

by Borch Maps

  • 2008
  • MAP

A colorful, detailed city map of Venice, perfect for finding your way around the famously labyrinthine streets and canals. (ITL26, $8.95)

 
Venice Destination Map

Venice Destination Map


by National Geographic Maps

  • 2011
  • MAP

A waterproof city map of Venice at a scale of 1:6,500, featuring 3-D reliefs of top attractions. (ITA408, $7.95)

Eyewitness Top Ten Venice

Eyewitness Top Ten Venice


by Gillian Price

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 160 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions in Venice. (ITA18, $14.00)

Lonely Planet Italian Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Italian Phrasebook


by Lonely Planet

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 260 PAGES

A handy, palm-size guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (ITL531, $8.99)

Venice from the Ground Up

Venice from the Ground Up


by James H. S. McGregor

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

A walking tour, history and celebration, this masterly, personal guide to Venice includes a short account of McGregor's favorite sites, 10 maps and suggested walks (and boat rides). (ITL792, $31.50)

Gondola

Gondola


by Donna Leon

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 80 PAGES

In this profile of the trademark Venetian gondola, Leon provides background on the gondola's history, explains how the boats are constructed and even includes an accompanying CD of "baracoles," or Italian boat songs. (ITA439, $27.50)

Piazza San Marco

Piazza San Marco


by Iain Fenlon

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Fenlon reveals the dynamic, colorful, and noisy history of this grand square at the heart of Venetian civic life in this sophisticated pocket guide. (ITA113, $14.95)

Venice, A New History

Venice, A New History


by Thomas F. Madden

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 446 PAGES

With authority, Madden tackles the history of the celebrated city from Roman times onward. (ITA380, $20.00)

The Genius of Venice, Piazza San Marco and the Making of the Republic

The Genius of Venice, Piazza San Marco and the Making of the Republic


by Dial Parrott

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 413 PAGES

With 112 color illustrations and four maps, the Genius of Venice presents the magnificent buildings of the celebrated piazza as, in the words of John Ruskin, the "living books of history" in this handsome cultural history. (ITA376, $40.00)

Venice 697-1797: A City, a Republic, an Empire

Venice 697-1797: A City, a Republic, an Empire


by Aluise Zorzi

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2002
  • HARD COVER
  • 303 PAGES

Zorzi reveals the growth of Venice from a small fishing village to a bustling metropolis whose cultural, political and economic dominance extended over the entire Mediterranean world with this sumptuous collection of 340 color paintings, photographs and drawings. (MED186, $75.00)

My Venice and Other Essays

My Venice and Other Essays


by Donna Leon

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A collection of 50 of Leon's funny, charming, passionate and insightful essays, ranging from battles over garbage in the canals to the troubles with restoring Venetian real estate. (ITA393, $15.00)

The Politics of Washing, Real Life in Venice

The Politics of Washing, Real Life in Venice


by Polly Coles

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

Drawing from the experience of living with a family in Venice, Polly Coles provides anecdotes of ordinary life in the extraordinary place, vividly portraying a city besieged by tourism and caught between ancient tradition and modern necessity. (ITA441, $14.95)

Venice Is a Fish

Venice Is a Fish


by Tiziano Scarpa

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

The hugely popular Venetian novelist, poet and playwright makes his English-language debut with these marvelously digressive essays on the many moods and pleasures of La Serenissima. (ITL964, $12.00)

Watermark

Watermark


by Joseph Brodsky

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 135 PAGES

A metaphysical, metaphorical meditation on Venice by poet Joseph Brodsky. His ruminations take the form of 48 short chapters, each prompted by an idea, memory or scene associated with his much loved city. (ITL105, $14.00)

Death at La Fenice

Death at La Fenice


by Donna Leon

  • MYSTERY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 270 PAGES

The first of the tremendously good Guido Brunetti mysteries, all set in the author's beloved Venice, in which a famous conductor is found dead at the celebrated La Fenice theater. (ITL555, $14.99)

In the Company of the Courtesan

In the Company of the Courtesan


by Sarah Dunant

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 385 PAGES

Dunant paints a vivid, earthy portrait of Renaissance Venice in this absorbing novel of intrigue, ambition and love -- cleverly narrated by the wily dwarf Bucino Teodoldo, loyal companion of the courtesan. (ITL650, $13.95)

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