Venice

In this sumptuous vision of Venice, Peter Ackroyd turns his unparalleled skill at evoking place from London and the River Thames, to Italy and the city of myth, mystery and beauty, set like a jewel in its glistening lagoon. His account is at once romantic and packed with facts, conjuring up the atmosphere of the canals, bridges and sunlit squares, the churches and the markets, the fiestas and the flowers. He leads us through the history of the city, from the first refugees arriving in the mists of the lagoon in the fourth century to the rise of a great mercantile state and a trading empire, the wars against Napoleon and the tourist invasions of today.

Everything is here: the merchants on the Rialto and the Jews in the ghetto; the mosaics of St Mark’s and the glass blowers of Murano; the carnival masks and the sad colonies of lepers; and, the doges and the destitute and the artists with their passion for colour and form – Bellini, Titian, Tintoretto, Tiepolo. There are wars and sieges, scandals and seductions, fountains playing in deserted squares and crowds thronging the markets. And there is a dark undertone too, of shadowy corners and dead ends, prisons and punishment.

The language and way of thinking of the Venetians sets them aside from the rest of Italy. They are an island people, linked to the sea and to the tides rather than the land. ‘The moon rules Venice’, Ackroyd writes: ‘It is built on ocean shells and ocean ground; it has the aspect of infinity.

It is the floating world…changing and variable and accidental. ‘This book, like a magic gondola, transports its readers to that sensual, surprising realm. We could have no better guide – reading Ackroyd’s “Venice” is, in itself, a glorious journey and the perfect holiday’.

Venetian Journal

‘A Venetian Journal’ encourages food lovers who travel and those who explore the world via recipes to map their own journey, recording favourite recipes and memorable cooking and eating experiences. Structured around the classic Italian meal: Antipasti, Primi, Secondi, Contorni, Dolci, ‘A Venetian Journal’ features the photographer Manos Chatzikonstantis’ personal selection of photographs from his frequent visits to Venice with Tessa and fragments from her own journals as she sought to imbibe the very essence of the world’s most romantic city. A wonderful, lavish, record book for all lovers of Venice….

Venice (Art & Architecture)

Compact yet substantial – The volumes from the “Art and Architecture” series pack a wallop. They give many a hefty volume a run for its money as far as impact and density of information are concerned. Each volume… ...

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The Secrets of Venice

Encompassing all six districts of Cannaregio, San Polo, Dorsoduro (including the Giudecca), Santa Croce, San Marco (including San Giorgio Maggiore) and Castello The Secrets of Venice gives the reader a virtual tour of one of the most mesmerizing cities….. ...

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Venice Insight Step-By-Step Guide

Take a fresh approach to Venice with this “Step by Step” guide, part of a brand new, stylishly designed series from Insight Guides. Lavishly illustrated in full colour, this book…… ...

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