Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other' New York Times. Full of color images and only the best of the city, Lonely Planet's Encounter Venice is the on-the-road (or water) necessity to get you to the heart of the city. Find the best attractions, restaurants, shops, theaters, galleries and more with our hyperlinked maps, top highlights and itineraries for short stays. With content broken down by neighborhood, Encounter guides make city travel easier than ever. Our experienced, passionate team of authors and local experts immerse themselves in each city they visit, finding and sharing the unique experiences, and practical and honest advice, so you come away informed and amazed. There's just no city like it - and it's not only its shimmering, cinematic beauty that makes it so special. Turn down a backstreet or two and discover what goes on behind the scenes. Whisper with the opera critics in the balconies at Teatro La Fenice, get acquainted with a daily menu of soft-shell crabs and Bassano asparagus or cruise the lagoon and island-hop in abragosso, the choices are endless! Local expert perspectives include wine-appreciation tips from a Venice sommelier, design insights from local artisans, must-try dishes recommended by the chef of a traditional Venetian restaurant, musical observations from a star cellist and advice on exploring the canals from a Venice rowing coach. Lonely Planet's Venice Encounter guide gives you twice the city in half the time. Inside Venice Encounter: Full color styling and images Maps - retooled for use with the iPad Recommended points-of-interest - covering eating, going out, shopping, activities and attractions Short stay itineraries - so you can make the most of every moment Local experts reveal the city's secret gems Top 10 highlights - the definitive list of the not-to-miss city experiences City snapshots - peak inside the city's subcultures with information on the arts, history, going out and more. Special enhancements specifically for the iPad Scalable maps - zoom in on Lonely Planet maps for greater detail without losing resolution (does not require internet access Geo-referenced Google Map pinpointing - enabling you to view any point-of-interest on Google maps (requires internet access). Comprehensive interlinking - hundreds of links to enable you to seamlessly flip between pages, jump between maps and reviews, or visit the websites of places we recommend Search - go straight to what you are looking for with the inbuilt search capability Add notes - touch a word to add notes and personalize your guidebook Bookmark - use bookmarks to quickly return to a page Dictionary -look up the meaning of any word Plus pinch and zoom images and scalable font size Check out Lonely Planet's other iBook guides and City guide apps. Written and researched by Alison Bing.