Guide Books: Italy, Venice, Siena and Bologna

In planning my trip to Italy in April of 2006, I bought the guide books listed on the web page. As I write this, I have not visited the country yet, which is the ultimate test of a guide book. So the brief reviews here are preliminary.



Venice is one of the most written about cities in the world. The city stars in novels, there are a number of histories of the Venician empire and city state. Since the 1700s, when Venice started to attract tourists, people have been writing guide books as well. The vast wealth of material on Venice can be contrasted with the sparse amount information available on Siena and Bologna.




My main web page on Italy

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