Gordon1707 - 2011-03-05 11:52:57
Despairing of finding a Venice city guide worthy of the iPad I tried this one as well... Very very light weight in terms of content - the cheapest paper guide would get you far more, what exists is poorly written and presented, and an eclectic selection to say the least. I can't find the famous museum of natural history but if I want the nearest McDonald's I am in luck. Attractions are listed in no discernable order, can't search or sort. Only saving grace somewhat is the map which at least manages to cover most of Venice and even shows the streets (a reference to my review of the slightly better city scouter Venice). Map loses credibility in that it only shows pins for the painfully thin attractions and hotels (a feature virtually useless tothe traveller once you are in Venice). And suffering a common fault with these guides, the map doesn't work if you are not connected to the Internet, which unless you like to pay ridiculous roaming charges you won't be while you are out and about. (Why don't they let me say where I am? I may have moved into the electronic age but I can still read a map!) Worst of all, it doesn't show the critical water bus routes and stops. Bottom line: if you are relying on this guide to visit Venice you will be lost and disappointed. And out $5.... Marginally better than the utterly useless "smart city guide" but that's not saying a lot.
declair59 - 2012-10-10 07:04:12
The primary reason I downloaded this was for the map. I used it while walking around Venice in Sep. 2012. It is superior to any of the printed maps I saw there, none of which are nearly as clear about where you can and can't go (streets, alleys, bridges, dead ends). It also shows the shapes of canals and piazzas, helping to get oriented as you go. It names many if not all landmarks such as churches museums, piazzas and civic buildings, also sight-seeing spots (Contarini del Bovolo, for instance, which is a popular place you can look at but is private property). It names the majority of streets and alleys. A few tiny ones are left out, but still appear on the map. You can zoom in and out and pan. A major plus is that it can be used without an internet connection. Many businesses and hospitality spots are included, but this, of course, is subject to change. I recommend this based on the map alone. I didn't use the other features since I didn't need them.
Maventrap - 2011-09-01 03:29:53
No real content. No route planning. Lousy map. Keeps breaking crashing etc. Overpriced. Tried to use it in Venice a week ago and suffered.
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