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  • Paperback: 445 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing (Sept. 10 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598806572
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598806571
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 2.1 x 20.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #385,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wayfarer on April 10 2011
Format: Paperback
The hotel is just what was described, with good directions on how to get there. The little maps of the sites are great for finding things, and the self-guided tours are exactly what I'm looking for. This is my 2cd time I've been to Europe using Rick Steve's guides and I like them far more than the other guides I've tried. The only thing I would have liked was 2 more pages of Italian phrases.

I've never tried one of his restaurant suggestions - I always wander around and find my own. Maybe now I'm in Pisa for a week with the Italy guide, I will try one.

Arrivederci
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Amazon.com: 29 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Very Well Put Together! July 1 2011
By Elton Pinto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Given some of the reviews here I was concerned that this book wouldn't be very useful, but I was pleasantly surprised! I'd been to Rome before so this was my second trip, but this book pointed out plenty of new stuff for me to check out. The only thing it missed that was really cool was the Vatican Gardens tour - for $45 we got a private tour of the Vatican Gardens and admission to the Vatican Museums without having to wait in line.

The formatting for Kindle was as good as any other Rick Steves book - navigation, maps, and hyperlinks were all good. The tours of the Vatican Museums, St. Peter's, and some of the other churches really added a nice touch to my trip and, as Catholic, helped me appreciate some of the really incredible pieces of Christian history. I really liked that it suggested churches off the beaten path that were really beautiful and I wouldn't have known about otherwise.

Rome is my favorite European city and this book really helped me take my experience there to the next level. And now I have even more things to check out for my next trip to Rome!
25 of 34 people found the following review helpful
A big disappointment Dec 30 2010
By M. J. Newhouse - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Unlike Rick Steve's Tuscany 2011 guide, which was very helpful during our visit there two weeks ago, the Rome book leaves a lot to be desired. Perhaps Rome is just too vast for the approach taken by Rick Steve's guides. First, the maps included are really inadequate: as someone else has mentioned, a fold-out map of the streets of the entire city would be very helpful. (A 1909 Baedecker guide that I own has better, clearer maps that show everything of potential interest!) Second, there were very serious omissions. For example, the Palazzo Barberini (right off the Piazza Barberini on Via delle Quattro Fontane) is completely unmentioned, despite the fact that it houses a really major art museum with some of the world's great masterpieces (many magnificent late medieval and Renaissance paintings, Raphael's La Fornaria, one of Holbein's later portraits of England's Henry VIII, and Carabaggio's magnificent painting of Judith beheading Holofernes). It was only because our hotel was on the street and the coincidence that I stayed at the Bernini Hotel in the Piazza Barberini in 1967 that we found the Palazzo Barberini and were able to enjoy it. Also, as a building, the Palazzo is spectacular, among other things it has a staircase designed by Bernini. Another glaring omission: nowhere is there any mention of the architect Borrromini--he was an eccentric genius of the baroque who, among other things, also did a staircase at the Palazzo Barberini. What is disappointing is that, if you go by Rick Steves (as opposed to a more comprehensive guide to Rome) you will miss a lot, especially if it is your first trip to Rome. And for those who know Rome a bit, it is even more frustratig, because of the omissions.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Very comprehensive Nov. 11 2010
By ACL - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The Rick Steves guide to Rome provides a wealth of helpful information. The book is well-organized and includes maps and a section on side trips.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Just Speechless... March 15 2012
By ShelbyandBruno - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
An open letter to the Amazon Community, and Rick Steves -

First off, as an avid traveler - I've always counted on Rick Steves' books to provide me the insight, the tricks of the trade, and the valuable knowledge when I travel. From London, Paris, Italy - to Barcelona, Tokyo, Istanbul, and all of the Caribbean - these books have made my voyages entertaining and thought provoking - full of lifelong memories.
And this book was no exception..

Rick Steve's "Rome 2011" bible is the one stop shop for all things Rome. Wanna know where to find laundry hanging in the Trastevere area? Rick will tell you. Want to hear how Rick wants to "pick" the fig leaves off Roman Statues, in an "organ-ized" effort to show off the statue's manhood? Oh, you will. Care to take a walking journey, full of crudely drawn maps and half-baked "hidden gems"? With this book, you surely can.

Every morning of my 14 day trip, I sat on the hotel toilet and flipped through this jam packed book - and asked myself - "Am I holding the holy grail of Roman Travel - or just 487 sheets of expensive glue-bound toilet paper?" Between the not-to-scale maps, the haphazard reference to insignificant sights, the blatant omissions in the index, and the not-so-funny jokes, my face began to hurt as I shot my disapproving glare at this rubbish.

But yet - my partner and I marched on - day by day - and used this book at a guide, a tool, a source of the most useless knowledge anyone would want to learn - about Rome. As we passed each major sight in Rome - the grand Colosseum, the ancient Roman Forum and Arc of Constantine - to the Vatican, various Piazzas and neighborhoods - we pretty much came to the same conclusion: Every sight, per Rick, is the MOST important, the MOST ancient, the MOST valuable, and the MOST popular sight ever. Hear that? EVER.

As if the overhyping of each sight wasn't enough, Rick always gave us incredibly valuable information for these tourist spots. I appreciate Rick telling me to "look up" when I entered the Sistine Chapel, and my vacation would have surely been ruined had Rick not dumped me off in some random remote place, stating "this is where the 2 hour walking tour ends.. backtrack to get back to the beginning" - How delightful - a 2 hour walking tour is now 4 hours. Thanks, Rick!

I will say - this book was a real page turner, and by the 24th chapter, I thought I had "read it all" - but no.. Rick continued to drone on and on with his simple minded commentary and sigh-inducing poor jokes. And, not only did this book improve my trip to Rome, it improved my relationship. All too often, I would read aloud Rick's improv low brow humor, and glance painfully into my partners eyes - and we shared a moment - many moments - speechlessly communicating with each other: "where is the closest recycling bin... a new home... for this 487 page book..."

So thanks, Rick. Thanks for telling me to "turn left" when it clearly was impossible to turn right, unless I wanted to face certain death. Thanks for telling me "all stores are closed on Sunday" when in fact, most were very open. Thanks for plugging the touristy "Roma Pass" which forced people to stand in longer lines than the regular ticket queues. And - most importantly, thanks for pointing out the "most" grandeur of all sights - the only original set of bronze doors in the world, still swinging on their original hinges, in the Roman Forum. Because of that, I can finally cross #1 off my bucket list.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Book Rome 2011 April 30 2011
By tomavit - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Very helpful book. I was in Rome for 8 days at the end of April 2011 and because of this book I save some money for few tours taking selftours without a guide. Plus your can better plan your vacation following his advices, learning tips for using different type of transportation in Rome, etc. For my next trip to Europe I will buy another Rick Steves' book. Thank you Rick!


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