Which? Recommended Provider: Time Out Guides is rated top guidebook brand by Which? Survey, for level of detail, photography, quality of maps, ease of finding information and value for money. With the inauguration after ten years of the newly expanded Accademia gallery, Venice's grandi maestri are fighting back against the lagoon city's slew of cutting-edge contemporary offerings. And while lambent madonnas continue to preside in the ageless gloom of any number of ancient churches, the modernist jewel of Carlo Scarpa's Olivetti showroom in St Mark's square has been returned to the public after loving restoration. Time Out Venice's team of local experts gives the lie to La Serenissima's reputation as unchanging museum. Charting new openings and major revamps in a city where it pays to look beyond the tourist-trade veneer and take a peek its own unique way of life, the guide leads you to restaurants where Venetians dine, shops where the glass really is blown in Murano and exquisite corners where the visiting hordes seem light years away. Venice city guide highlights: * Full colour and illustrated throughout with exclusive photography, using original imagery to give a real sense of the place * Handy pull-out Venice map * Extensive area guides not only cover the sightseeing in Venice, but also restaurants, bars and shops - all plotted on maps handily located within the chapter * Top 20 list of the must-see highlights * Itineraries to help you plan your visit * Critic's choices pick out the best Venice sights, experiences and cultural highlights - at a glance * All Venice restaurants and bars have been visited and reviewed anonymously by critics who pay their own way * Venice hotels independently reviewed The revamped Time Out Guides retain the independence and local expertise that the series is known for, while adding more features to help the visitor navigate the city. Whether you have an action-packed 24 hours or a leisurely week in which to take it all in, these guides are more essential than ever.