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ITALY: VENETO
Major cities and towns: Venice (Venezia), Belluno, Padua (Padova), Rovigo, Treviso, Verona, Vicenza

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City Secrets Florence, Venice & Towns
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Lonely Planet Venice Travel Guide, $14.95
Fodor's Gold Guide Venice and the Veneto
Michelin Green Guide Venice, $19.95
Fodor's Citypack Venice Rough Venice
Trattorias of Rome, Florence & Venice Charming Small Hotels Venice
Venice and its Regions/Traveling Gourmet 2080105523, plazy Venice for Pleasure (Pallas Athene)
BETWEEN MEALS
  Konemann Venice art and architecture 3829026676
Blue Guide Venice
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Venice Walking Guide: Where to Go , Where to Eat, What to Do (Just Marvelous Walking Tours)
by Jeanne Oelerich

Loaded with diagrams, and information on restaurants, museums, shops, and other essential sights, this pocket guide provides take-along history and information for a walking trips.


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List Price: $6.95

BACKGROUND
Historical Contemporary

Venetian Life
by William Dean Howells, Joseph Pennell (Illustrator)


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List Price: $16.95

 

THE WORLD OF VENICE, $15.00, James Morris (lpt) The World of Venice" is a classic book that offers an incomparable take on an incomparable city. Jan Morris's new foreword brings readers up to date on 1990s Venice, a city "jam-packed with its admirers, jangling its profits, flaunting its theatrical splendors, enlivened once more by that old Venetian aphrodisiac - success." Incorporating the best aspects of travel writing and popular history, Morris transcends both genres by creating a composite portrait of Venice, artfully blending the fabled city's rich past with its current reality. Writing with singular zest and perceptiveness, Morris explores each of the city's aspects in all of its seasons, evoking the character of this unique locale through its arts, its food, and the personality of its people.

Venice Observed, Mary McCarthy

Revisit Venice through the eyes of Mary McCarthy, the author of The Group. This memoir of Venice focuses on art and literature, but also includes notes on Venice's history and citizens. Venice Observed offers a useful counterpoint to the many travel books on Venice that only scratch the surface of the city, by showing her beauty, uniqueness and flaws. This is a book to read while in Venice, and for those who know Venice. This is perfect for those who want more information than a typical guidebook will provide, and for armchair travellers.

$12.00 (softcover)

Also available by Mary McCarthy:
The Stones of Florence

$13.00

Watermark, $11.00, Joseph Brodsky

In this brief volume, Brodsky weaves a curious, quirky, and brilliant account of his enthrallment by the physical and metaphysical life of the city of Venice. A collection of forty-eight essays explores the city's meandering, waterlogged streets, stunningly beautiful architecture, atmospheric characters, and unique spirit. The Nobel Prize winner in Literature in 1987, Brodsky was the poet Laureate of the United States for two years.

Italian Neighbors, or a Lapsed Anglo-Saxon in Verona, $10.00, Tim Parks

Tim Parks and his wife, Rita, came to their flat on the aging, eccentric Via Colombare in Montecchio for a short stay. There was trouble from the moment they moved in - under cover of night - and it went delightfully up and down hill from there, for over twelve years. His neighbors, he finds, are obstreperous, argumentative, generous, amiable, territorial, forthright, sympathetic to anarchy. In this amusing and loving tribute to the glorious country he has embraced, British novelist Tim Parks shares his secrets of survival, tales of the unexpected, and treasured friendships with new-found friends and Italian neighbors.

Also available AN ITALIAN EDUCATION: THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF AN EXPATRIATE IN VERONA, $12.50

Venice Literary Companion

RUSKIN'S ROSE: A Venetian Love Story, $20.00 (cloth), Mimma Balia with Michelle Lovric, collages by Ann Field

The eminent Victorian art historian John Ruskin arrived in Venice on Christmas, 1876, distraught after the death of his clandestine love, Rose La Touche. This is the story of his relationship and of his stay in Venice when he rediscovered art through the paintings of 15th-century artist Vittore Carpaccio. Photographs of maps, letters, flowers and other artifacts illustrate this tale of loss and discovery in romantic Venice.

 

A History of Venice by John Julius Norwich

$25.00

1989 Vintage Books

Fiction

ACROSS THE RIVER AND INTO THE TREES, $16.00, Ernest Hemingway

The last of Hemingway's full-length novels to be published during his lifetime, ACROSS THE RIVER AND INTO THE TREES is a poignant love story set in Venice during World War II. Taking place over a period of only hours, this tender and moving novel conjures up the magic of Venice: the canals, the bars, and the cosmopolitan hotel life, and captures in Hemingway's inimitable voice the tragedies of war on their most personal level.

Dead Lagoon, an Aurelio Zen mystery (fiction), $12.00, Michael Dibdin

This mystery, with a Venetian setting, provides interesting insight into Venetian history, politics and manners. In this novel, one of a series, Dibdin gives readers a deliciously creepy novel featuring the urbane and skeptical Aurelio Zen. Here Zen returns to his native Venice, searching for a missing American millionaire and encountering an assortment of corpses-- including a suspiciously new skeleton that surfaces on the Isle of the Dead.

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