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Venice: The Keys to the City by Patty Civalleri is a fascinating book that will take readers on a magical, mystical, and enchanting journey to Venice, its canals and historic attractions. Venice is not only about canals because this book is a revelation of the sheer beauty of a city bustling with life and built on water. The book removes the common misconception that Venice is just another Italian city; instead it is a city filled with traditions, history, fishing, and culture that will make readers wonder about the massive effort that must have gone into creating a city in the middle of water. This book will encourage all travel aficionados to pack their bags and discover the enticing attractions that Venice has to offer.
This is one of the best books I have read on Venice. The author has done a fantastic job in describing all the aspects that make Venice a desirable tourist destination and, coupled with the pictures and maps, it works as a handy guide to carry while traveling to Venice. This book will make you realize that Venice is just not about the canals and the gondola rides; there is so much to explore in this city like St. Mark’s Square, The Doge’s Palace, the National Museum of Archaeology, the Jewish Ghetto, the Island of Burano, the Lace Museum, and more. Reading this book will take you back in time and will make you want to discover the secrets that lurk in every nook and corner of this amazing city. I have added Venice to my bucket list after reading this lovely book; what about you?