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i found it helpful. my main "issue" was with the map. one needs better information because venice is a curious place. one needs more specific street indentifications. i did purchase a map to go with this book. I should do well by combining the two.
We bought both Time Out Venice and this Frommers guide, and found the Frommers one much more helpful. The pull out map at the back was clearer to read and easier to understand and the format generally more useful. I like the way Frommers guides do neighbourhood walks and the best of in 1/2/3 days. This was the guide we took out and about with us. The maps of the districts in the guide were particularly helpful For 5 days in Venice it was perfect.