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Venice for Pleasure


Venice for Pleasure

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    Available in PDF Format | Venice for Pleasure.pdf | English
    J. G. Links(Author)
The object of this work is to guide the reader to places he might otherwise miss and, having reached them, to tell him what he might wish to know and then leave him, preferably at a cafe, to admire, to enjoy, and perhaps be disappointed. The illustrations show the visitor, as he confronts a view, what his predecessors of a hundred, two hundred or five hundred years ago saw from the same point. Two sections of colour plates show how the beauty of Venice inspired the 18th century view painters. The main part of the book describes four walks, each of which can be completed in one day, although there are points in each at which one can break off and return another day. Maps, old and new are provided for each walk. The introduction deals with the Piazza S. Marco and its neighbourhood, and appendices are devoted to the public boat services, food and drink and books about Venice. One chapter is entitled "Venice for Children's Pleasure".

A trusty companion-- The Mail on SundayAn absolute must for anyone going to Venice-- Evening StandardMy all time favourite guidebook-- James Daunt of Daunt BooksNot only the best guide-book to that city ever written, but the best guide-book to any city ever written-- Bernard Levin in The TimesThe most readable guide to Venice-- John Diamond in The Sunday Times

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Book details

  • PDF | 320 pages
  • J. G. Links(Author)
  • Pallas Athene; 7th Revised edition edition (31 July 2000)
  • English
  • 4
  • Travel & Holiday
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  • By DKSAL on 9 June 2017


  • By Guest on 8 April 2017

    Arrived quickly and just as expected. Great little book

  • By Hillz on 30 July 2010

    This book describes Venice in several walks, each one taking about a day and covering a particular area. The author J.G. Links is refined and witty and has the ghost of John Ruskin for his Virgil. (Links also published a condensed version of Ruskin's copious "The Stones of Venice") The text is a rather concentrated mixture of information on Venetian architecture and art, history of events and places, on famous visitors of days bygone and places to stop for a drink today. Lord Byron swam the Grand Canal from San Marco to Rialto and Hemingway shot ducks in the lagoon. Every time Ruskin looked at Redentore from his hotel's window the old man had a fit because of its beauty.I visited Venice many times and I read this book at least three times in full and I return to it again and again. Most of my other guides, and I bought many, get very little use. If art and history are among your serious interests and if you enjoy beauty in all its forms including good prose then this book will be your permanent companion to Venice.

  • By L Perrie on 4 August 2016

    A bit dated

  • By Philip Blackwell on 22 February 2007

    JG Link's book is quite simply the best guide book to take to Venice for a long weekend. Why? because there is such an embarrasment of riches to see, places to go and his guided walks organise and make sense of it all. Its like having your personal guide at hand whispering in your ear, pointing out the little details that you might otherwise miss.Personally i would pack an illustrated guide like the Everyman too for colour and more traditional guidebook information.

  • By David Lown on 22 May 2014

    I think the key to liking or not liking this book depends on how one responds to the writer's conversational tone. Links sets himself up more as a convivial, travelling companion than as an authoritative guide, forever pointing out good refreshment stops, many of which have now disappeared.The tone, the style and the format of Venice for Pleasure are, perhaps, all dated, but the book is none the worse for that.

  • By KitChat on 13 October 2002

    My first encounter with this wonderful book was when Joe Links gave me a dedicated copy just before my second trip to Venice in 1993. It gave me such joy and pleasure to read it now never leaves my house... it is far too precious to take anywhere.I have since bought a revised (and illustrated) version which to my delight contains a photograph of the author, a dear man who knew his subject inside out and was passionate about it. This is the one which now accompanies me on my travels.I have many Venetian guidebooks but this is my absolute favourite, it is knowledgeable and erudite, but never over intellectualises, and always shows you that Venice is to be enjoyed, not just wondered at. I have recommended the book to many friends, all of whom have appreciated it as I have.

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