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Rough Guide Italy 7e Paperback – Jul 5 2005

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  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 7th New edition edition (July 5 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843534274
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843534273
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 662 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,546,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Ros Belford first travelled to Italy when she was eighteen, and has written and edited several books and numerous articles about the country. Martin Dunford is co-founder of the Rough Guides and in addition to Italy he is author of Rough Guides to New York, Belgium, Brussels, Holland, Amsterdam and Rome. Celia Woolfrey writes on travel, design and gardens, and has contributed to The Guardian, Gardens Illustrated and Conde Nast Traveller.

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Great practical advice...combine with second book and you are set... Aug. 30 2005
By 10za - Published on
What I like best about the Rough Guides is that they give critical reviews. They will point out the tourist traps and will give negative reviews. I find that Frommer's and Fodor's rarely point out the negatives to a particular hotel or site. The rough guide is very critical and is a great balance to these other guides. I would balance your trip to Italy with a Fodors (or Frommers) book because the maps and illustrations are often better and there are more higher-end hotels listed.

This book will help you decide where is best to spend your vacation in Italy. There are clear critical descriptions of all the regions and great general info on getting around in Italy.

If you aren't interested in "roughing" it and staying in lower priced hotels. The guides are still very useful in rating attractions, and areas in which to stay... but you will need another book to look at more moderate and luxury hotels.

I would definitely read this book before going to Italy.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Rough guide? A misnomer. Oct. 23 2005
By K. Scotti - Published on
Rough guide was recommended by a co-worker, whose suggestions I respect. I expected a guide that perhaps just stuck to basics.I PERUSED THE GUIDE for 4 days before my trip, and during air travel and stop-overs. I found all info accurate, especially appreciated history and language sections in back helpful. The only problem I encountered was the print was finer than the guides I had perused at the library, making reading in poor light situations difficult. Hostel info was accurate. Historical backround w was very helpful.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Good book, nice guide, a few things are outdated - French one is better! Nov. 5 2006
By Dennis Shirokov - Published on
We have purchased The Rough Guide to France before and loved it. It was a very accurate and extremely helpful guide. Every recommendation turned out to be right on the money. The Rough Guide to Italy is a good guide, but not as good as the one for France. While the Italian history, the maps, the general area descriptions were excellent, many village / city specific recommendations were outdated and many places (mainly restaurants) listed in the book were not there in reality. We believe such differences between the two books really depend on the writers, and those who visited France simply wrote a better book. We would still recommend this book, but if you do the combination travel to France like we did, please know that the Italy version won't be as thorough and accurate as the French one.
Rough Guides = reliable and amusing. No need to look elsewhere. April 2 2010
By LilPecker - Published on
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The Rough Guide is the way to go for touring and paying fair prices for what you get. Make sure to buy the most recent year and you'll be good to go. (and reserve way ahead of time in Italy especially in Venice, Florence!) The Rough Guide to Italy 9 (Rough Guide Travel Guides)The hotel and restaurant recommendations are reliable. The sometimes not-so-politically correct histories within are amusing enough to read the book cover-to-cover. Plus if a place is lousy they tell you not to waste your time instead of sending you there as a plug to sell the guide. Other guides sing praises about places you go to that are trash heaps filled with other tourists that read the same misinformed guide! Yes because it is a guide and reality changes faster than print: very, very rarely you will find something out-of-date or be disappointed by a recommendation.
I've tried them all. The competition is not worth considering as they are almost always outdated or so limited to one set itinerary. Fodor's = way too expensive for what you get hotels, restaurants for rich American tourists. Let's Go = hohum, many establishments do not still exist and if they do you'll be disappointed! (Best pizza in Parma = inedible) Lonely Planet = inspiring photos but lacking substance. Rick Steve's = ridiculous inaccurate hand-drawn maps and the one proscribed itinerary to visit an entire country.
Go Rough Guide. No regrets.

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