The Veneto region offers travelers all manner of adventures. This audiobook focuses on exploring the Veneto's wine zones while highlighting cultural adventures, sports adventures, adventures for the soul, family adventures, driving adventures, and many other types of activities to help you discover more about the land. Writers, painters, historians, and philosophers have long been inspired by the dramatic landscapes of the Veneto Region and, by translating astute observations on canvas or in print, have captured the beauty of a land and a people that have evolved over many centuries.
Situated in Italy's northernmost zone, few other regions boast such diverse landscapes. From the low sandy coastline where the Veneto meets the Adriatic Sea, to the mighty Alpine peaks, rolling hills, thermal springs, and lagoon systems, the varied landscape makes for lively getaways any season of the year. Veneto, a name that derives from Veneti, a pre-Roman people who once inhabited the area, is divided into seven provinces: Belluno, Padua, Rovigo, Treviso, Venice, Verona, and Vicenza. During Venice's golden age, aristocrats brought their wealth to the Veneto countryside and commissioned architects to build agricultural estates and country homes.
Today, more than 4,000 villas remind us of that period, the most famous of which were designed by 16th century architect Andrea Palladio. This guide tells you about the wine-growing regions, especially: the Euganean Hills, Prosecco, Soave, Cistoza, Bardolino, Valpolicella, Bassano del Grappa - how to visit the vineyards, taste the wines, trying the best restaurants, and the best places to stay in each region. All of the details you need to know are here so your trip will be unforgettable.
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My expectation was that this book would present a traveler's tour of the region from a descriptive standpoint. There is some of that, but much less than the reeling off of websites and phone numbers, which the narrator then repeats, and spells out! It is akin to listening to someone reading the phone book! There are short descriptive parts and then - oh no! - the narrator launches into all the contact info - websites, hours, phone numbers - and then repeats and spells out. So then one fast forwards and voila! - one completely loses a sense for the book. I would think that a pdf ould have been included that lists out all this address/contact info under the name of the entity or attraction. Even the winery infomation - it was cursory with hours and contact info. A disappointment. Had to stop listening after the first 90 minutes, couldn't bear to hear the narrator launch into 'www.' again. Wrong format, or merely presented in such a way were the contact info got in the way of anything beneficial.
"Ripoff * even for US first-time abroad travellers"
Nothing. This is crap. and expensive crap. But a general reflection is that an audio travel book can be listened to either in the car/airplane/other vehicle used to get to the destination, or in a hotel room at the destination, or when suffering from insomnia. In this case it is only the last case that is worth the reading.Also just recording the reading of a travel guidebook without any adaptions is as about as exciting and useful as recording for audiobook a telephone book! It is useless repeating everything a 100 times and why give telephone numbers, email addresses etc?! Its ridiculous to listen to: "That is double-u double-u double-u..." . If I cant be bothered with reading a paperback, I will surely not write down telephone numbers or addresses while listening. That kind of information is only interesting in a real book.
Where do I start....
Well its not the narrators fault I suppose that the content is crap and that the editor thinks translating every written word back to oral is the way to do it. Sorry Andrew I dont know if it is your fault that your reading gave no added value whatsoever
The Sentences and phrases exactly repeated time and time and time again.
Addresses and telephone numbers spelled out for no use.
All useless info such as that this is the first audiobook I ever listened to that talks about copyright, and it does it with maniac gusto for more than 5 minutes in the first chapter of the audiobook - so for me, they lost me at "Hello".
Well if the title is Northern Italys wines it should cover all of northern italy and not only the north-west regions.
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