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Venice attracts some 22 million visitors each year and these figures keep climbing. Of those, an increasing number are from cruise ships; with a 439 percent increase in cruise dockings in the past 15 years. The fabled Italian port is now the most popular cruise destination in Europe. (Source: Venice Passenger Terminal). The brand-new Explore Venice is a stylish, full-color guide covering the city’s highlights through 14 fascinating routes around the city and its islands.
More like a stage than a city, Venice is the only city in the world built entirely on water. Its glorious palaces, historic churches and stunning art galleries have captivated visitors for centuries. Explore Venice is part of a brand-new series and is the perfect pocket companion for your trip: a full-colour guide containing 14 easy-to-follow routes, taking in all of the classic sights, such as Piazza San Marco and La Salute church, as well as the atmospheric canals and sleepy little squares off the tourist track. For day-trippers, there is a useful 'Venice in a Day' route which takes in all the city's must-sees. Insight's trademark cultural coverage perfectly sets the routes in context, with introductions to Venice's cuisine and shopping possibilities, as well as an overview of the city's famous Carnival and music and opera scene. Hand-picked places to eat and drink are highlighted in each route and in the directory section, which contains a wealth of useful practical information including a language guide, as well as a range of carefully selected hotels to suit all budgets. All routes are plotted on the useful pull-out map, and the stunning photography captures the essence of Venice.