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Top 10 Books About Venice

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Venice is one of the most romantic cities in Europe. Whether you want to plan a trip, enjoy Venice's ambiance through books and photos, or read a good novel set in Venice, there's something here for you.

1. The World of Venice

Written by travel writer Jan Morris, this newly updated book explores the past and present of Venice, creating a composite portrait of the city's aspects in all seasons. Includes an index of historical events and some black and white photos.
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2. The Stones of Venice

Great color photos of the stonework of Venice. Lionello Puppi, a professor of art history at the University of Venice, wrote this book and Mark Smith, an American photographer, took the photos.
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3. Companion Guide to Venice

Hugh Honour's detailed and descriptive guide to the sights and wonders of Venice.
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4. Time Out Venice

Comprehensively researched by writers who live, work, and float in Venice, the Venice Guide takes a lively critical approach to the established, and not so established, tourist paths of the Veneto. With this guide you will be able to see Venice's many sights including the islands of the lagoon, navigate its canals, eat and drink well, and visit the neighboring cities of Padua, Vicenza, and Verona.
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5. Fodor's See It Venice

Fodor's See It Venice has lots of photos. The book includes practical information for visiting Venice, restaurant and hotel recommendations, and site descriptions.
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6. Wings of the Dove

Classic Henry James story of a love triangle set in Venice in the early twentieth century. It was recently made into a movie with beautiful scenes of Venice.
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7. A Traveller's Companion to Venice

This entertaining book has writings by various authors as well as maps, engravings, and notes on history, art and architecture, and everyday Venice life.
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8. The Titian Committee

This murder mystery by Iian Pears is set in Venice. It is part of his art history mystery series. Learn about Venice's art, history, and culture while reading an enthralling mystery.
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9. Chow Venice: Savoring the Food and Wine of La Serenissima

Learn all about the food of Venice and avoid the high-priced tourist restaurants with these recommendations for forty restaurants and forty bars, a list of markets, and speciality food stores and wine shops.
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10. A Venetian Affair

The author's father found a packet of letters in the attic of the ancient family palazzo in Venice from Andrea Memmo, a great-great-great-great-great grandfather, to his young lover whom he was forbidden to marry. The two met clandestinely, were separated, and wrote dozens of letters, which document not only a passionate love affair but the world of Venice in the 1750s. A New York Times Notable Book for 2003 written by Andrea Di Robilant.
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