I have just bought the most amazing new book on Venice. It is called "Secret Venice" and is by Thomas Jonglez and Paola Zoffoli. It was published last year and I bought it on Amazon where it was about £7.
As someone who has visited Venice more than 30 times I was sceptical that it would really provide information on Venice that was not already available in other books and would actually deliver "secrets" of Venice, but it really does.
The book is in a fairly small format, so it can be carried around, but has 400 pages packed with exceptional information accompanied by photos and illustrations. Apparently, the book took five years to research and I can believe it. I am in awe of the people who have put the information together - it's really old-fashioned, on-the-spot ,independent journalism.
The book is divided up into the different areas of Venice, but each "secret" is dealt with separately so you can dip in and out of it easily.
This is probably not a book for the first-time visitor or someone in Venice just for a few days - you could find yourself hardly moving much more than a hundred yards in a day! But for lovers of Venice I think it is a must.
The same publishers already have similar guides to other cities.