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Lonely Planet Italy 6th Ed.: 6th Edition [Paperback]

Fiona Adams
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Feb. 1 2004 Lonely Planet Italy
This guide provides useful information for independent travel, suggesting hundreds of value for money restaurants and accommodation options. It also gives background briefing on all historical sights, museums and galleries.

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From Antarctica to Zimbabwe, if you're going there, chances are Lonely Planet has been there first. With a pithy and matter-of-fact writing style, these guides are guaranteed to calm the nerves of first-time world travelers, while still listing off-the-beaten-path finds sure to thrill even the most jaded globetrotters. Lonely Planet has been perfecting its guidebooks for nearly 30 years and as a result, has the experience and know-how similar to an older sibling's "been there" advice. The original backpacker's bible, the LP series has recently widened its reach. While still giving insights for the low-budget traveler, the books now list a wide range of accommodations and itineraries for those with less time than money.

Explore the riches of Italy with Lonely Planet's essential guide. Featuring a special color feature on Italian art and architecture, this book also contains insider's advice on the best pasta and gelati; skiing and trekking information, notes on history, culture and current politics; as well as practical food and accommodation suggestions for every budget. Delightful sidebars add insight into the culture, with details on everything from gladiators to mushroom picking. --Kathryn True --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Lonely Planet guides are a must-pack" --Toronto Star, February 2006
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Better books are available Nov. 12 2003
By mhnstr
Format:Paperback
We visited about eleven cities in northern and central Italy and we carried both the Lonely Planet Italy and the Rough Guide Italy with us. I had the Rough Guide Italy and had no problems looking up information. My companion had the Lonely Planet Italy and she eventually gave up on it. She found the LP to be lacking in basic information and basically a book better left at home. We would recommend the Rough Guide instead.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars WELL-DETAILED, BUT SOME SECTIONS ARE BORING May 11 2003
Format:Paperback
With close to a thousand pages, this edition of "Lonely Planet Italy" may be a heavyweight to lug around, but its information is complete. It explained Italy: one bit at a time. But, for a traveller who is more interested in hopping around than in devouring endless pages, this book may become a burden. I would suggest that intending travellers (and holiday-makers) should regard it as a home reference, while embarking on their trip with a lighter text.
This book is generous with all that concerned Italy: from the ancient Roman Empire to the Renaissance, and down to twentieth century secular state. It provided sumptuous info on the 'dolce vita' lifestyle of the 'Azzuri': including their high alps, old cities, and the Vatican enclave.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pays for itself June 19 2003
Format:Paperback
We've just returned from 2-weeks in Italy and found this book to be full of great places to stay and eat. We ran into problems right away with a place we were going to stay for 4-nights that we had booked before we purchased this book. Left with no option but to find another place to stay, we consulted the guide. So many beautiful places. Plus points for giving addresses, web addresses if available, and accurate descriptions of what to expect. The sightseeing suggestions were also terrific. We stayed at 2 and 3 star hotels and pensions, got away from the crowds, and suffered no lack of amenities. A must have for your italian vacation.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing April 14 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is the first time I've been disappointed with a Lonely Planet publication. I found this guide to Italy superficial and not helpful. It didn't contain information about some quite large towns, information about reaching destinations in scant and maps are not easy to read. And I preferred it when Lonely Planet put all the general information in the front of the book followed by the specifics region by region.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best Lonely Planet edition April 10 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
It was definately useful and gave the standard information any tour guide will give you. At times it gave cute anecdotal info that other tour books lacked. However, I found Frommers and Fodor's to be more informative. They gave better itineraries. Lonely Planet wasted too much space on Dining and Lodging. Their other editions are better when it comes to giving advice on which attractions to see. However, as always, their general advice on practices in the country, transportation, and stuff like that, was extremely helpful. I still recommend using Frommer's or Fodor's for a trip to Italy.
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