The Companion Guides have already taken the reader to the Greek Islands, Paris, the South of France, London and Rome. Here Hugh Honour provides a similar tour of Venice. His is an intelligent, feeling approach to the historical, artistic and architectural riches of the city, with an emphasis on the cultural and a willingness to draw on the classics for commentary. Most of his chapters are devoted to a building or a group of buildings which the traveler may conveniently visit in a single morning or afternoon; two later chapters featuring a journey on the lagoon and a visit to terra firma, where Venetians maintain their villas, are full-day jaunts. Appendices note places of interest not mentioned in the text, rate hotels and restaurants, and list some books about Venice, also shops for various purchases and services.