Cover image for Venice
Rossi, Renzo, 1940-
Personal Author:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Enchanted Lion Books, [2004]

Physical Description:
44 pages : color illustrations ; 34 cm.
Illustrations and text provide an overview of the history and culture of the water-bound city of Venice, Italy, from the sixth century to the present day.
General Note:
Includes index.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 9.8 3.0 86570.
Format :


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Any list of the world's most beautiful and unusual cities must include Venice. Built on a patchwork of more than 100 low-lying islands in the middle of a swampy lagoon, it is a modern city of waterways, bus boats and a complete absence of cars. Everyone, from children, students and professionals to workers and delivery men, travels on its canals. Indeed, Venice is a city that in many ways seems frozen in time. By 1500, the city had taken on much of its present shape and only in the 20th century did further development begin to change its elegant outline. Virtually unscarred by the aerial bombings of WWII and the demands of post-war development, Venice has changed little over the past 200 years.In this oversized, highly illustrated volume, discover the history and culture of this amazing water-bound city. Starting with its origins in the 6th century, the reader follows its evolution through the Middle Ages, the Golden Age of the Renaissance, right up to the present and the catastrophic problems of sinking that it faces today. Venice also invites the reader to explore the city's canals teaming with gondolas and water taxis; its magnificent architecture and decaying facades; along with life in the Jewish Ghetto, the splendor of the annual Venice Carnival, and the diversity of the islands in the Venetian lagoon. Photographs and original illustrations capture the daily rhythms of this unforgettable city.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Incorporating photos, timelines and illustrations, the paper-over-board Great Cities Through the Ages series adds two titles that explore key European sites. In Italy's Venice by Renzo Rossi, readers travel from the city's settlement in the fourth century through the reign of the doges (chief magistrates) to the present day, along the way learning about such traditions as "Carnevale," held each winter since the 11th century. First a Roman settlement, later the capital of the British empire, London by Neil Morris examines the town on the Thames, with sections on "Medieval London" and "London at War," as well as spreads on the monarchy, transportation, architecture and more. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5 Up-Taking a page from DK design, these books offer two-page treatments of historical and thematic material. Each spread presents a one-paragraph overview, a web of captioned images and small blocks of text, and a time line of significant events. Among the highlights in London are art, literature, and theater; transportation; the Thames; sports; and the ethnic diversity among the residents. Venetian topics include the Doge's Palace, the Arsenal, Carnival, St. Mark's Square, and the unique aspects of life on a lagoon, in addition to the segments on particular eras (from the locale's origins to the present). Whereas the "Eyewitness" books (DK) have a clean design and high-quality reproductions, these titles are not as exacting. The pages are crowded and busy, and while the visual choices are interesting and the original illustrations of period life enhance understanding, the reproductions of famous paintings, particularly in Venice, are dark to the point of being unclear. The "Cities of the World" series (Children's) provides solid information and strong visuals-although not as many. The "Cities through Time" series (Runestone) conveys an organized, chronological sense of place. Purchase the titles under review where city information is frequently requested; their large format and abundance of things to see will elicit the "wow" response.-Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.