Suggested Reading List
A History of Venice
Author: John Julius Norwich
Description: The great historian Norwich marshals myriad personalities, battles, sieges, and facts into a vivid portrait of the Venetian Republic spanning the 1,000 years up to its 1797 defeat at the hands of Napoleon.
Art and Life in Renaissance Venice
Author: Patricia Brown
Description: This compact volume evokes the spirit of Renaissance Venice with authoritative essays and 120 full-color illustrations.
Confessions of an Art Addict, A Memoir
Author: Peggy Guggenheim
Description: This classic memoir captures the spirit and intrigues of the 1930s art world by the heiress whose collection of modern art is showcased in Venice.
Death at La Fenice
Author: Donna Leon
Description: The first of the tremendously good Guido Brunetti mysteries, all set in the author's beloved Venice, in which a famous conductor is found dead at the celebrated theater of the title.
Death in Venice and Other Tales
Author: Thomas Mann
Description: Neugroschel's fresh translations of Mann's celebrated title tale and 11 other classic stories capture the sensuality of the German original.
Eyewitness Guide Venice & the Veneto
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: Featuring color photography, dozens of excellent maps and a synopsis of the region's attractions. With a pullout map.
Fodor's Venice's 25 Best
Description: This shirt-pocket guide includes an excellent map of the city center and essential information.
In the Company of the Courtesan
Author: Sarah Dunant
Description: Dunant paints a vivid, earthy portrait of Renaissance Venice in this absorbing novel of intrigue, ambition and love -- cleverly narrated by the wily dwarf Bucino Teodoldo, loyal companion of the courtesan.
Lonely Planet Italian Phrasebook
Author: Lonely Planet
Description: A handy palm-size phrasebook for the traveler.
Piazza San Marco
Author: Iain Fenlon
Description: Fenlon reveals the dynamic, colorful, and noisy history of this grand square at the heart of Venetian civic life in this sophisticated pocket guide.
The Art of the Renaissance
Author: Peter Murray
Description: A classic, illustrated survey of the world of the Renaissance and its art. With chapters on Florence and its artists, the Netherlands, early illustrated books and many individual artists.
The Aspern Papers and Other Stories
Author: Henry James
Description: Henry James, like his narrator Jeffrey Aspern, whiled away the hours at Florians, a favorite café in much-loved Venice, wonderfully evoked in this atmospheric short story.
The Middle Sea
Author: John Julius Norwich
Description: A marvelous writer who has already tackled Byzantium, the Normans in Sicily and Venice, Norwich spins his magic in this story of culture, trade and politics, royalty and rulers, wars and religion in the Mediterranean.
The World of Venice
Author: Jan Morris
Description: Morris displays her talent for research, anecdote and well-wrought prose in this spirited history of a beloved city.
Venice Is a Fish
Author: Tiziano Scarpa
Description: The hugely popular Venetian novelist, poet and playwright makes his English-language debut with these marvelously digressive essays on the many moods and pleasures of La Serenissima.
Author: Berndtson & Berndtson
Description: A colorful, detailed city map of Venice, perfect for finding your way around the famously labyrinthine streets and canals.
Venice from the Ground Up
Author: James H. S. McGregor
Description: A walking tour, history and celebration, this masterly, personal guide to Venice includes a short account of McGregor's favorite sites, 10 maps and suggested walks (and boat rides).
Venice, Pure City
Author: Peter Ackroyd
Description: Ackroyd's evocative, novelistic portrait of the city captures the spirit of the canals, markets and festivals, the merchants, artisans, scandals and seductions that have made Venice forever fascinating.