Reading Around the World is a feature that combines my love of travelling with my love of reading. Each month I plan to spotlight either a city I have visited, or a city I plan to visit in the near future, and recommend some of my favourite books set there. After all even if you can’t visit these cities yourself the next best thing has to be reading about them and living the experience through the eyes of the characters.
Venice is a beautiful city. Literally my first thoughts on entering the city was how unique, quaint, and gorgeous it was. While most people will go to Venice for the shopping there are still plenty of sights to see – the Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge – and histories to experience – the Bridge of Sighs, Saint Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace. It’s almost impossible to get lost in Venice with all paths eventually leading back to the Piazza San Marco, but there’s always something new to see along the way, whether you’re walking along the Grand Canal or down by one of the smaller canals.
Like with Daughter of Smoke and Bone being the only book I’m aware of set in Prague I am only aware of one book set in Venice, so it’s going to be another month of quality over quantity.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee travels all over Europe, so don’t be surprised if you see it in more Reading Around the World posts. Monty and Percy’s Grand Tour is full of danger and adventure in search of an alchemists’ cure that ends with them in Venice and at the sinking island of Maria e Marta.
One of my favourite things to read in books set in our world is travel over the country, and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue had all that and more.
Have you ever been to Venice before; what was your favourite part of the city to see and explore? Also what are some of the amazing books you’ve read set in Venice, or Italy, that you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments.