Venice in Context
||Venice in Context:
The Independent Traveler's Guide to Venice
by Robert Wayne
Independent International Travel, LLC
Paperback, 158 pages + 2 audio CDs
$29.95, Canada $44.95
(Published in 2003)
Self-guided walking tours
have been around since guidebooks were invented, and audio tours have long been
a popular fixture in museums. Robert Wayne's Venice in Context: The
Independent Traveler's Guide to Venice brings the guidebook and audio tour
together in a single, well-integrated package.
Venice in Context has two components:
A 158-page guide to a dozen of Venice's major churches,
monuments, and squares. Each self-guided tour includes a map, photos,
well-written text, and (in some cases) a floor plan with accompanying captions.
The book's 12 itineraries are designed to work with:
Two audio CDs that are tucked into the back of the guidebook.
These CDs contain 12 narrated tours that complement the printed maps, photos,
and descriptions. The tours, which are narrated by announcer Joel Godard of the
Late Night with Conan O'Brien TV show, are packed with detail--right down
to instructions on how to reach the tour's starting point from the nearest
As a bonus, the guidebook includes chapters on planning your
trip, gondolas, public transportation, admission fees and opening times,
historical timelines, and a glossary of the Italian terms used in the book.
Venice in Context is a worthwhile companion if you enjoy
audio tours, are traveling with a portable CD player, and would rather listen to
a narrator than switch your gaze back and forth between a guidebook and the
object of your sightseeing.
If you can't find Venice Context at your local
bookstore, try an online bookseller like
Magers & Quinn or Amazon.
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