Venice An Architectural Guide Richard J. Goy

Publication date:
15 Jun 2010
Yale University Press
320 pages: 210 x 152mm
100 b-w + 100 color illus.
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A concise, authoritative guide to the architecture of Venice designed with the traveler in mind

Each year, millions of visitors travel to Venice to admire the architectural marvels of this famed city. In this brief yet comprehensive volume, distinguished architect and critic Richard Goy offers a convenient and accessible guide to the city’s piazzas, palazzos, basilicas, and other architectural points of interest, as well as pertinent historical details regarding Venice’s unique urban environment.

Clearly laid out and fully illustrated in color, this handbook is designed around a series of expertly planned walking tours that encompass not only the city’s most admired architectural sites but also its lesser-known gems. Specially made maps accompany each walking tour and provide additional references and insights alongside introductory chapters on the city’s architectural history, urban design, and building materials and techniques. Featuring a complete bibliography, glossary of key terms, and other useful reference materials, Goy’s guide will appeal both to travelers who desire greater architectural context and analysis than a traditional guide may provide and to return visitors looking to rediscover Venice’s most enchanting sites.

Richard Goy is a practicing architect and has written several books on the architectural history of Venice. He divides his time between London and Venice.

"This book lifts the lid on the city’s most admired sites and some lesser gems too. At £14.99 it is also wonderfully good value."-The Bookseller

"If you want to know more about the buildings of Venice as an English-speaking visitor, this is a good place to start."-John Goodall, Country Life

"A comprehensive but concise guide to the architecture of Venice…. An attractive, portable, intelligent companion."-The Good Book Guide

"The author of this guide is an architect and critic and he provides an in-depth coverage of the city’s architectural gems which are many and various and include many lesser known buildings off the tourist track. As such, it is an admirable attempt to take the visitor on some well-planned walking tours to show off this wonderful city." –Joan Williamson, Reference Reviews