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Rick Steves' Venice 2012 [Paperback]

Rick Steves , Gene Openshaw
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Sept. 6 2011 Rick Steves' Venice
You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you "really" need to know when visiting the island city of Venice.
Following the self-guided tours in this book, you'll explore Venice's most important landmarks and cruise the Grand Canal for a close-up look at the elegant palaces, bridges, and churches. You'll discover picturesque lanes, enjoy the best city views, and tour outlying islands in the lagoon. Dine at a romantic canal-side restaurant, or join the locals at a characteristic "cicchetti" bar and munch seafood-on-a-toothpick. As the stars shine over St. Mark's Square, sway to the free music of cafe orchestras.
Rick's candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants. You'll learn how to explore Venice hassle-free and get up-to-date advice on what's worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.

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5.0 out of 5 stars RICK STEVES- VENICE. THIS A MUST HAVE BOOK!! May 19 2012
By luvluds
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I bought this book before my wife and I went on a trip to Venice.
It is a most invaluable book.
Tons and tons of great advice, tips and info.
We booked entry in to St Marks Basillica for 1 euro each!!
Walked straight to the front of the line and walked right in.
You have to book a 15 minute window, but we got there an hour earlier and still just walked in.
If you are planning a trip to Florence, which we did, there is advice about pre-booking museums etc.
This book will save you tons of time and money.
Very, very highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The right type of information you'll need April 21 2012
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I had borrowed this book from the library and liked it so much I bought his
Florence, Rome and Venice books.

His book gives you the type of information you actually need for your trip.
Transportation, places to eat and stay, the top places to see, dates and times
to keep in mind and most importantly how to avoid the long line-ups.
Knowing this information will save us valuable time on on trip.

He also looks at different passes that are available and will help you
determine if they are a good deal for you or not.

We have only a short amount of time for our trip, so we were going to
spend a lot of money on tours just so we could
"skip the lines", but now we have the inside track and can
do it ourselves and at our own pace.

I'm sure this book has saved us hundreds of dollars!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Out-of-date information March 24 2012
By Booyah - Published on Amazon.com
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I, too, am a loyal Rick Steves guidebook fan, but this one has issues. Though I own the 2011 version as well, I bought the 2012 edition for my trip to Venice-- I'm actually writing this from my hotel room.

This guidebook is out-of-date already. Last year, Venice renamed many of the lines on its vaporetto system, so much of the transportation information that Rick offers is now useless. For instance, Rick suggests a tour of the grand canal using either 1 or 2, but one of those no longer exists. Likewise, the numbers of the lines serving Murano and Burano have changed.

Additionally, some important pricing information is wrong. The cost of a ticket to Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace) is now 16, and the museum pass is now 20. The 2012 Rick Steves lists the old pricing, for the aforementioned items and for some other churches/museums as well.

If I could return this book and use my 2011 edition instead, I would do just that. Save your money and buy past year's copy. The information is just as (in)accurate.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Inaccurate information and not comprehensive April 20 2012
By TooManyHipsters - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to echo Booyah's review as to the accuracy of this book. The Doge's Palace and Correr Museum are now 16 Euro, not 14, and the museum pass has likewise increased to 20 Euro from his reported price of 18 Euro. Also the advice given in the book regarding the museum pass ("this pass only saves you money only if you visit five or more sights") is clearly incorrect even from the (inaccurate) information given in the book- at only 4 Euro more than the combined pass, you only need to visit four museums to save money.

The maps were fine as far as major locations go, but we found ourselves navigating by signs and a detailed larger fold-out map (acquired separately, there are no pull-out maps in this guide) far more often than pulling out the this guide and trying to decipher the fine print and un-depicted and unlabelled campiellos. The final straw was when we decided to visit the Lido for an afternoon and found that the *only* information in this book was a single sentence telling us it was "tempting" but had cars and therefore "disrupts the medieval charm of Venice".

Not sure if this is representative of all Rick Steves' guides or a particularly bad example, but by the end of our time in Venice, we were leaving this guide in the hotel room. I would be very hesitant to risk another Rick Steves' guide based on this experience.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Comprehensive Sept. 29 2011
By Kevin - Published on Amazon.com
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I can't really blame the book for being too inclusive, but I anticipated something I could easily tote around as a quick-reference. The information is comprehensive, but I bought one for each city we are visiting (Rome, Florence, Venice) and it really isn't practical for carrying around as you walk. All in all, it's a great source for reading, but not wonderful as an on-the-fly reference guide.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rick Steves, Venice Sept. 21 2012
By teacher - Published on Amazon.com
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I love Rick Steve's books and always use them when traveling. I thought buying it in the Kindle form would be lighter for travel but find it harder to use in Kindle form.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rick Steve's Venic March 5 2012
By Jean A. Mccormick - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book lots of good information. Have been using Rick Steve's book to travel to Europe for the last 10 years. Great help.
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