Rick Steves' Venice 2012 Paperback – Sep 6 2011
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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!
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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This guidebook is out-of-date already.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.
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.