Venice & The Veneto by Susie Boulton and Cristopher Catling: Eyewitness Travel Book Review

by DerdriuMarriner

Venice & The Veneto by Susie Boulton and Cristopher Catling acquaints Eyewitness Travel Book Series readers with northeast Italy’s unique region and World Heritage Site city.

Venice & The Veneto cherish past and present

Venice & The Veneto by Susie Boulton and Cristopher Catling anticipates questions from Eyewitness Travel Book Series readers and world travelers regarding northeast Italy’s unique region and World Heritage Site city. It begins with two pages on the guide’s organization. It contains five sections which function as:
• description of the world-famous city’s and region’s culture, geography, and history;
• elaboration of Venice’s landforms and landmarks;
• explanation of the Veneto’s lakes, plains, and mountains;
• identification of places to go and things to do in terms of entertainment, events, lodgings, meals, shops, and sights; and
• information on admissions, communications and media, customs, documentation, electricity, etiquette, health and safety, imperial/metric conversions, public conveniences, specialty travel, taxes and tipping, tourism, and transportation.

Mount Pelmo: significant mountain of the Dolomites located in the Veneto at elevation of 10,394 feet (3,168 meters)

Belluno province, the Veneto, northeastern Italy
Belluno province, the Veneto, northeastern Italy

Venice & The Veneto delight Italians and non-Italians

 

The Veneto delivers:

  • architecture;
  • cuisine;
  • entertainment; and
  • scenery.

Visitors emerge bio-geographically invigorated by:

  • lakes;
  • mountains; and
  • plains.

The Dolomites furnish:

  • picturesqueness at Belluno, Feltre, Misurina, Pieve di Cadore, Valzoldano, and Vittorio; and
  • skiing from Cortina d’Ampezzo resort.

Lake Garda gathers Italians and non-Italians through:

  • excursions to Bardolino, Soave, and Valpolicella vineyards;
  • resort towns  -- such as Garda, Malcesine, and Peschiera -- known for dinghy-racing, harborside restaurants, lakeside gardens, picturesque hotels, and steamer excursions; and
  • visits to Bolca, Bosco Chiesanuova, Giazza, Grezzana, Montecchio Maggiore, Sant-Anna d’Alfaedo, Valdagno, and Verona.

The Veneto Plain has numerous castles and towers in and near:

  • Asolo;
  • Bassano;
  • Castelfranco, Cittadella, Conegliano;
  • Este;
  • Marostica, Mestre, Monselice, Montagnana;
  • Padova, Portogruaro;
  • Rovigo;
  • Thiene, Treviso; and
  • Valdobriadene, Vicenza. 

 

Aerial view of the Veneto's Castel Brando, medieval castle built on Roman Age defensive fortress atop dolomite limestone rock at an elevation of 1,210 feet (370 meters) above sea level:

Italy contributes a myriad of exquisite castles and palaces to a fairy tale tour of European castles.
area of village of Cison di Valmarino, Treviso province, the Veneto, northeastern Italy
area of village of Cison di Valmarino, Treviso province, the Veneto, northeastern Italy

Venice & The Veneto engender re-visits from super-satisfied tourists

 

The region therefore is culturally harmonious with its most famous city of bridges and canals. It joins Venice in:

  • offering such attractive regional variations on peninsular Italian as la (“the”) preceding an individual’s forename and “sh” sounds replacing “tch”; and
  • preserving ancient northeast Italy’s architectural, artistic, culinary, literary, and musical past.

The most serene city nevertheless kindles additional enthusiasm for:

  • lifestyles of one city on 118 islands;
  • mobility over 400 bridges; and
  • transportation through 150 canals, of which the most famous are Canałasso  (“Grand Canal”) and Ponte dei Sospiri (“Bridge of Sighs”).

It looks super-friendly once visitors understand logical neighborhood divisions into:

  • Cannaregio;
  • Castello;
  • Dorsoduro;
  • Isole Lagunari (“Lagoon Islands”);
  • San Marco; and
  • San Polo e Santa Croce. 

 

Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore (San Giorgio Maggiore Island), lying south of main island group, is part of Venice's sestiere (district) of San Marco.

Venetian Lagoon, the Veneto, northeastern Italy
Venetian Lagoon, the Veneto, northeastern Italy

Venice & The Veneto furnish scents, sights, sounds

 

The guide merges image-filled, information-rich facts with user-friendly navigability. It nudges accessibility and transparency priority-setting through:

  • acknowledgments;
  • index;
  • phrase book; and
  • vaporetto routes around Venice.

So Venice & The Veneto offers adventure-loving Eyewitness Travel Book Series readers culturally enriching, educationally entertaining, geo-historically enthralling journeys, thanks to:

  • Arcana Studios, Donati Giudici Associati Srl, Robbie Polley, Simon Roulstone, illustrators;
  • Caroline Ball, Simon Blacker, Jo Bourne, Molly Perham, Linda Williams, editors;
  • Kelvin Barratt, Dawn Brend, Jon Eland, Nick Raven, Steve Rowling, designers;
  • Susie Boulton, Cristopher Catling, authors;
  • Jill De Cet, picture researcher;
  • Dorling Kindersley, publisher;
  • Simon Farbrother, David Pugh, map coordinators;
  • Jane Hanson, Phil Rose, Jennifer Skelley, mapmakers;
  • John Helseltine, Roger Moss, photographers;
  • L. Rex Printing Co. Ltd., binder/printer; and
  • Sally Roy, contributor. 

 

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Venice & the Veneto by Susie Boulton and Cristopher Catling ~ Available now via Amazon

Features unique cutaways, floorplans and reconstructions of the city's stunning architecture, plus 3D aerial views of the key districts to explore on foot + best hotels, restaurants, bars and shops for all budgets + free pull-out city map.
Venice and the Veneto travel guides

Acknowledgment

 

My special thanks to:

  • Talented artists and photographers/concerned organizations who make their fine images available on the Internet;
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for superior on-campus and on-line resources. 

 

 

Veneto is one of Italy's premier wine regions: vineyards of Glera grapes for Prosecco, Italian white sparkling wine

Guia, town of Valdobbiadene, Treviso province, the Veneto, northeastern Italy
Guia, town of Valdobbiadene, Treviso province, the Veneto, northeastern Italy

Sources Consulted

 

Boulton, Susie; and Catling, Cristopher. Venice & The Veneto. London, England, U.K.: Dorling Kindersley Limited Eyewitness Travel Series. 

 

view of the Veneto's watery city: Venice and Venetian Lagoon from space, with false-color enhancements to bring out the details of water and vegetation

NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team
NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team
the end which is also the beginning
the end which is also the beginning

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illustration by George Barbier (October 10, 1882 - March 16, 1932) for Fêtes Galantes by Paul Verlaine (March 30, 1844 – January 8, 1896)
Fireworks in Venice, Illustration for "Fetes Galantes" by Paul Verlaine 1924
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Updated: 06/11/2015, DerdriuMarriner
 
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DerdriuMarriner on 06/04/2015

Candy47, It's a pleasure! One of my favorite ways to view a country is through garden tours!

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Thank you for taking me on this lovely tour on a Saturday morning!

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