The Companion Guide to Venice
A typical chapter of the British scholar's erudite guide might include a
neighborhood walking guide, a floor plan of a church or museum, and a
discussion of every painting and sculpture in view.
Frommer's Born to Shop: Italy
(UK title: Suzy Gershman's Born to Shop Italy)
The ultimate how-to book for the serious shopper in Italy, with a full chapter
on Venice. It's surprisingly fun to read even if you aren't fond of shopping.
A Literary Companion to Venice
The English author adds a literary dimension to seven Venetian walking tours
by incorporating quotations from novelists, poets, essayists, reporters, and
other observers. The resulting book is far livelier than you might expect.
The Palladio Guide
A complete catalog to the buildings of 16th Century architect Andrea Palladio.
It includes descriptions, floor plans, and black-and-white photos of
Palladio's buildings throughout the Veneto region.
and Environs: Jewish Itineraries
Francesca Brandes (Editor)
You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy this beautifully printed paperback, which is jammed
with historical information and photographs. Itineraries include the Venice area, Padua
and central/southern Veneto, and Verona and central/north Veneto.
Italy for the Gourmet Traveler
This wonderful 724-page guide to restaurants, bakeries, food shops, markets,
vineyards, recipes, etc. has chapters on the Veneto and nearby regions.
Judi Culbertson and Tom Randall
An "illustrated, biographical guide to the cemeteries of Italy" with chapters
on famous dead people in Venice churches and the island cemetery of San
Also read our review of:
Venice Master Artisans
you buy just one coffee-table book about Venice, make it this one. The
large-format, 272-page book has 210 color photos and 30 profiles of artisans
who use traditional techniques to make everything from glass to footwear to
metal castings. (There's even an American-born gondola maker.)