Wednesday, March 12, 2014

10 Must-See Sights: Venice by Mark Green

This book is part of a series of Must-See Kindle e-books, each offering history and explaining ten sights in a town to visit.  The e-book is formatted simply, ideal for viewing on your phone or a pad-reader, so you can consult it while in the destination city and viewing the sights.

The Venice book is one-third a history of Venice, roughly eighteen pages, from its founding to the present.  While commendably brief, the history would have benefited from the inclusion of some small maps and photos, in my opinion. The publisher says they do not include images and maps in a effort to make the e-book easy to read on a phone.

The ten sights highlighted for travelers to Venice are indeed ten fascinating sights.  If you have limited time to spend in that fascinating city, you would do well to try to visit as many of these ten sights as possible.   

Roughly forty-six pages are dedicated to these ten sights:
  1. Ca' Pesaro
  2. Ca' Rezzonico
  3. Palazzo Ducale
  4. Canal Grande
  5. Palazzo Labia
  6. Palazzo Malipiero
  7. Piazza di San Marco
  8. Basilica di San Marco
  9. St. Mark's Clocktower
  10. San Polo

A history is provided for each location, then there is a description of what you can see there.  Information such as opening times and prices are not included, possibly because these can vary unexpectedly.  There are no images at all in the book, so this really is a text only travel guide.

If you are in Venice and you want to read up on the places you are going to visit, and you do not have access to the internet, this e-book guide is a simple solution.  It does not take up much space, physical or digital, and it reminds you of the highlights you do not want to miss.  The price at the time of writing this review was less than one U.S. dollar.

If you have never been to Venice and would like to see some of the sights mentioned in this e-book guide, here is a two minute video post card:


The Kindle e-book is available via

Here are all the 10 Must-See Kindle e-books for Italian towns available via

This review is by Candida Martinelli, of Candida Martinelli's Italophile Site, and the author of the cozy-murder-mystery novel AN EXTRA VIRGIN PRESSING MURDER, and the young-adult/adult mystery novel series THE VIOLET STRANGE MYSTERIES the first book of which is VIOLET'S PROBLEM.

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