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Rick Steves' Rome 2012 [Paperback]

Rick Steves , Gene Openshaw
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Sept. 20 2011 Rick Steves' Rome
You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you "really" need to know when traveling in the Eternal City of Rome.
With the self-guided tours in this book, you'll walk the same streets as the Caesars and discover the secrets of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Learn how to avoid the lines at the Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Basilica. Take a night walk across the city and enjoy floodlit fountains and piazzas. Then grab a sidewalk table at the locals' favorite trattoria and watch the world go by.
Rick's candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants. You'll learn how to navigate the Rome Metro and which sights are worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing (Sept. 20 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612380107
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612380100
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 11.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #226,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The right type of information you'll need April 21 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I had borrowed this book from the library and liked it so much I bought his
Florence, Rome and Venice books.

His book gives you the type of information you actually need for your trip.
Transportation, places to eat and stay, the top places to see, dates and times
to keep in mind and most importantly how to avoid the long line-ups.
Knowing this information will save us valuable time on on trip.

He also looks at different passes that are available and will help you
determine if they are a good deal for you or not.

We have only a short amount of time for our trip, so we were going to
spend a lot of money on tours just so we could
"skip the lines", but now we have the inside track and can
do it ourselves and at our own pace.

I'm sure this book has saved us hundreds of dollars!
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  40 reviews
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't do Europe without Rick Dec 5 2011
By Lewis Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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My wife and I have been to Europe 4 times in the last 10 years. The most important companion for us is Rick Steves. Every time I go I purchase other guide books, but when it comes down to the best advice and recommendations, you cannot beat Rick. The Rome book is very thorough and every place He recommended came as he said, never over glossed, just honest advice. He also has the best advice on transportation needs which is where most guide books fail. Getting around Rome was a breeze with his directions.
Great book!!
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Useful Dec 5 2011
By TravellingSunny - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I enjoy Rick Steves' sense of humor, and he lays out the major tourist sites (as well as several not so major sites.) The format is easy to read, and the book contains a lot of very useful information for first time visitors to Rome. I specifically love the "walks" that are suggested in the book - scenic walking tours that you can do on your own with directions, what to look for, etc.

I'm giving it 4 rather than 5 stars because the book focuses a lot of attention on the very touristy areas west of the central train station, and doesn't give enough details about areas to the south and hardly any details about areas to the east. But, if you plan to stay/tour in the main historical center and/or Vatican City, then this book is fantastic!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rick Steves' guide to Rome Nov. 28 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This Rome travel guide is very practical, thorough, and easy to use. It includes descriptions, maps, and time saving ideas. Of particular interest is information on how to save money on meals, hotels, and sites. The ROMA Pass is an excellent example.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Nov. 14 2011
By Kevin - Published on Amazon.com
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We bought the books for Rome, Florence, and Paris and they provided great advice and we consulted them throughout the trip. I couldn't have asked for more.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rick Steve's Rome 2012 March 1 2012
By Barbara Alonzo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
We love the book. It's perfect for our up coming trip to Rome! We even booked our hotels from the web-sites provided in the book. He clearly covers everything needed for your travel plans. We will be booking our tours from the web-sites. We plan to take this book plus Rick Steves' Florence & Tuscany 2012 with us!! We highly recomend this book!
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