ABOVE: The box that contains Daniele Resini's VENICE. The Grand Canal.
Travel books make great souvenirs or gifts, and some books are especially suited to both roles. A case in point is VENICE. The Grand Canal by Daniele Resini, which is published by Vianello Libri.
The book consists of a two-sided photo "ribbon" measuring 30 x 12 cm (about 12 x 5 inches) closed and 1320 x 12 cm (520 x 6 inches) when open and stretched out. The folded ribbon is enclosed between hard covers, and each side is a continuous panoramic photo of the right or left bank of the Grand Canal.
The lefthand side of the photo runs from the Dogana di Mare to Piazzale Roma; the right side goes from Santa Lucia Railroad Station to San Marco. Captions identify palazzi, hotels, bridges, and other landmarks along the canal.
The book has a list price of €29.90, and you'll find it at a number of booksellers in Venice. If you prefer to order it from home, try Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk. An Italian-language edition is available from iBS Italia.
For more information, see the Vianello Photo Books page for VENICE. The Grand Canal.
Below are two images from the book, including the cover for the righthand side of the Grand Canal and an interior spread (which represents two panels of the 1320-cm "ribbon" photo):