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Venice For Pleasure: 40 Years On

4.41 of 5 stars 4.41  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  5 reviews
From the renowned travel author J.G. Links, this is a unique and fascinating look at Venice that seamlessly combines the scholarly, the informal, and the intimate. With charm and wit, Links guides the reader to places that might otherwise be missed and provides captivating historical background to the major and minor highlights. Four key city walks that can be completed in ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published December 15th 2008 by Pallas Athene (first published 1973)
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Links speaks directly to the reader with what Jan Morris calls "the kind of urbanity that is masked in simplicity." He makes no great claims for this travel guide, saying "Its simple object 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 there to admire, to enjoy or, perhaps, to be disappointed." He is brisk about the Accademia ("The first nineteen rooms of the Accademia can be done in half an hour by an ...more
Michael Spring
JG Links’ guide to the wonders of Venice, Venice for Pleasure, was first published around the time when England were winning the World Cup and Harold Wilson was puffing on his pipe as our prime minister.

That it is still in print today should tell you something; that this is the book to have with you when first you visit that magical city.

It has of course, been updated since it first saw the light of day in 1966. You can rely upon its seventh edition to make sense of the current Vaporetto routes,
I read it over Christmas, a month after coming back from Venice, where it was snowing. This book is fantastic. Witty, erudite, not hawking anything at you, not looking at you askance to work out whether you're a 'tourist' or a 'traveller' (bleugh, i hate em, go and do your Year in Provence over somebody else please) - JG Links is a gentleman. He was also the Queen's furrier and came to be the expert on Canaletto - this man had a taste for the finer things. One of those finer things is described, ...more
Sérgio Cristóvão
This is the travel guide I would like to have everywhere I travel. Very useful to enjoy your time in Venice, rather than spent useless time on tourists lures...
an off the beaten path sort of guide, filled with anecdotes, character sketches, and historic photos.
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