Birgit Haustedt

Venice - Favourite Places

With photographs by Heike Ollertz
(German title: Venedig – Lieblingsorte)
ca. 223 pages
Birgit Haustedt
Foto: Birgit Haustedt
© Nadine Grenningloh

Birgit Haustedt has a PhD in Literary Studies and taught at the University of Salerno for many years. Today she is a freelance author and lives in Hamburg.

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With insider’s tips on art & culture, the country & its people, culinary delights & cherished sites


First, you have breakfast in the hidden Caffè del Doge, where you get the best coffee in the city, before you dive into the hustle and bustle of the Rialto fish market. Afterwards, you marvel at fashion and perfume art in the sumptuous atmosphere of the Palazzo Mocenigo and then take midmorning refreshments of cicchetti, Italian tapas, and an ombra, a breath of chilled wine, in Venice’s oldest bacaro.

You can then watch the boatbuilders going about their work at the gondola boatyard at the Rio San Trovaso or you explore historical Venice with the eyes of Carpaccio, Veronese and Canaletto in the Galleria dell’Accademia. In the evening you dine at one of the most beautiful restaurants of the city and then enjoy the blue hour in the bars along the Fondamenta degli Ormesini.


Our »favourite places« –

books to travel with, to give away and to enjoy that hold many surprises and invite you to rediscover the most beautiful cities!

Our insel taschenbuch travel series takes you to places that could soon become your favourite places and to which you’ll want to keep returning. Discover hidden locations and parks, shop on the most beautiful markets and enjoy the best cafés, restaurants and bars of the city! Our authors have rediscovered their (chosen) home like strangers but with the »home advantage«. Two pages are dedicated to each favourite place with colour photographs, special tips, directions and opening hours. With the practical arrangement according to neighbourhoods you can explore the surroundings of your favourite place at the same time.


»In her guidebook on Venice, Birgit Haustedt conveys the unique flair of this city to her readers.« Hans Klumbies, Wissen 57