TRAVEL GUIDES AND INDEPENDENT ADVICE
The classic guide book series for history, art and architecture. Beautifully presented, meticulously researched, clearly laid out.
“designed for the traveller who desires to understand more fully what he or she sees”
Award winning maps | Detailed floorplans | Architectural drawings | Expert glossaries | Reliable recommendations
Blue Guides: Now in colour
Since 1918, when the first Blue Guide appeared, the books have been through a number of redesigns but the quality of the text remains completely unchanged. The detailed focus on history, archaeology, architecture and art is exactly the same, the product of careful study and painstaking on-the-ground research. Now, though, all the maps, plans, illustrations and photographs are beautifully reproduced in colour – essential for presenting works of art, for showing the light and subtle shades of the lagoon, and for making maps that are easy to read and navigate.
Venice in Peril
The Venice in Peril Fund was founded in 1971, succeeding an earlier fund instituted in 1966 in response to that year’s devastating floods. Today, more than 50 years later, Venice may be in even greater peril…
“They’re really are the best…”
“It really makes every other guide book on the market look like an article in a magazine.” Reader reviews and comments from Amazon.
History resources: Rome
Popes and emperors
Pilgrim’s Rome | 20 key dates in Roman history | 10 top popes | A dictator and handful of Roman emperors
Somerset Books presents
Blue Danube is a sister imprint to Blue Guides, the august 100 year old guide book series. The new imprint focuses on literature, history and travel in Central Europe.
We publish articles by Blue Guides writers and editors reviewing books and exhibitions and giving updates on the beautiful and historic destinations covered in our series. We also share comments and updates on each individual title – do feel free to add your own comments or to contact us.
“guide books in the grand tradition of thoroughness and objectivity” Georgia Review;
“the Blue Guides still hold the cultural high ground” Sunday Times;
“a gold standard for accuracy and depth” Daily Telegraph.