Strolling Through Venice: The Definitive Walking Guidebook to 'La Serenissima'

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There is perhaps no other European city quite as romantic, as exquisitely beautiful or as enigmatic as Venice. 'La Serenissima' floats on a hundred islets in a crescent-shaped lagoon, ribboned with canals, its labyrinth shadowed with ghosts of the past. This seemingly fragile city was the birthplace and inspiration for some of the greatest artists in history and was also, for a thousand years, the strongest sea-faring and mercantile power in the world. In Strolling Through Venice, John Freely brings Venice - her ...

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Overview

There is perhaps no other European city quite as romantic, as exquisitely beautiful or as enigmatic as Venice. 'La Serenissima' floats on a hundred islets in a crescent-shaped lagoon, ribboned with canals, its labyrinth shadowed with ghosts of the past. This seemingly fragile city was the birthplace and inspiration for some of the greatest artists in history and was also, for a thousand years, the strongest sea-faring and mercantile power in the world. In Strolling Through Venice, John Freely brings Venice - her past and her present - alive.

Beginning at Piazza San Marco, Freely guides the reader on a series of carefully planned and unique walks radiating from the iconic Grand Canal into each of the city's sestieri. Through streets and squares, along canals, into churches, galleries, museums and palazzi; every major place of interest that the visitor could hope to see is illuminated. At each spot Freely peels back the layers of history to reveal the stories of Venice. Practical and informative, richly coloured and bursting with history, myth and legend, Strolling Through Venice is the perfect guide for anyone who has fallen under the spell of this most enchanting city.

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PRAISE FOR JOHN FREELY'S OTHER BOOKS

Strolling Through Athens

"A magnificent walking guide to the city...His knowledge is encyclopaedic…he brings the millenniums of history alive. If you want a cultural guide to the ancient city, this is the one for you." Anthony Sattin, "Books of the Week", Sunday Times

Strolling Through Istanbul

"…a classic. The best travel guide to Istanbul" The Times

The Western Shores of Turkey

"…Enchanting guide…a work of genuine scholarship, lightly worn and charmingly conveyed. I fell in love with the book and stayed enamoured until the final page." Paul Bailey, The Sunday Times

Inside the Seraglio

"Freely provides a fascinating, easy-to-follow overview, beautifully researched and riveting in its detail." Christopher Fowler, Independent on Sunday

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845115784
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/13/2008
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 1,109,672
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

John Freely was born in New York and joined the US Navy at the age of seventeen, serving with a commando unit in Burma and China during the last year of World War II. He has lived in New York, Boston, London, Athens, Venice and Istanbul and has written over forty travel books, guides and books on history and architecture, most of them about Greece and Turkey. He is author of The Western Shores of Turkey (Tauris Parke Paperbacks), Strolling Through Athens (also Tauris Parke Paperbacks), the bestselling Strolling Through Istanbul and The Cyclades (I.B.Tauris).

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  • Posted July 5, 2012

    Too wordy, not enough photos

    I guess it all depends on what "definitive" means. If you want an EXTREMELY detailed (to the point of OCD) book telling you something about what seems to be practically every single structure in Venice, this is for you. Perhaps this book is best targeted at someone who will be living in Venice for many months.

    However, if you're a tourist like me who wanted some user-friendly guides to some interesting walks around Venice, then this is not for you. There are hardly any photos to catch your interest. It's mostly just a long long list of little facts (not particularly interesting) about virtually every building you might pass.

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