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Review: Venice by Clementoni

 

Venice by Clementoni. 500 pieces. 19 x 13 inches. The following items in the chart was rated on a scale of 1-5, with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best.

Picture Quality: 5 Level of detail: 5 Piece Size: 4 How the pieces are cut: 5 Overall quality: 4.5 

This 500 piece Clementoni puzzle was a first for me in multiple ways. I had never completed a 500 piece puzzle by myself, and I had never worked with Clementoni puzzles before. I was surprised by the quality of this puzzle for the price. The picture and details were so clear on so many pieces that I knew right where they went immediately, even if I didn't have their connections yet.

Before tackling the rest of the picture, I had most of the bridge finished and the side of the canal.

What I found really challenging in this puzzle was the perspective of the photo. The buildings on the left side were so thin that in reality they were represented on one or one-and-a-half puzzle pieces. I had them sorted by color from the very beginning, but I didn't begin to actually put these pieces together until way later because my guess and check method wasn't working.

Where the doors/entryways were, it was hard to find the correct pieces because there was nothing really distinct about the image there. Nothing was so difficult as the water, though. Once I had put together everything that seemed really distinguishable, I organized my pieces by shape. The colors were all too similar for me to really further organize them because there was a lot of whites, greys, and reflections of the water with the exact same colors!

Pieces organized by shape. The puzzle came together quite quickly after the shape organization.[/caption] Finally I was left with just the water! Now, with all the other pieces out of the way, it was a little easier to see the difference in colors with the water pieces and really focus on what they were reflecting. The pieces fit together so well. They snapped right into place and didn't shift around a lot. It was easy to know immediately if I had made a mistake or not. Final stretch![/caption] I was surprised at how quickly this puzzle came together. I managed to finish it in 2 days. The water alone took a 2 hour stretch, but really, for my first 500 piece puzzle, I was really pleased. I found it challenging but never overwhelming. There was so much to look at in this puzzle, I found myself noticing things that I hadn't noticed before all throughout creating the puzzle. Also, my version of the puzzle didn't feature the yellow "hotel" sign that the version on our website has! Overall, I will definitely be buying from Clementoni again. The quality to price ratio really impressed me. I've worked with other 500-range piece puzzles from brands that are maybe $1-$2 cheaper where the pieces left flaky cardboard residue on my fingers or that didn't snap together so well, but I was more than pleased with Clementoni. And bonus, the puzzle box made a nice pillow for my dog, Marlowe.

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