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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!,
This review is from: Eyewitness Travel Guide to Rome (Paperback)Do not go to Rome without this book! I read this book before going and was able to get an idea of what Rome was about, but when I arrived, this book did not leave my hands! This guide divides Rome into sections. We set out agenda according to sections in the book. The street-by-street map was invaluable and we were never lost. I am the worst with directions, but I knew extactly where I was during each day. With the maps, I navigated instead of my husband! The cut aways and guides to the various museums and attractions were also invaluable. We were able to walk into any attraction and know what the star features were and not have to miss a thing. We did not have to buy the extra tour books in each museum because our Eyewitness Guide gave us all the information we need and then some. Not only was I the navigator, but I was our personal tour guide. With the book, I was able to read out loud to my husband and tell him about everything we saw in Rome. There were many other tourist with the Eyewitnes Guides in their hands and I was pleasantly surprised to see the book in so many different languages. A tourist even came up to me at the Trevi Fountain asking me where I got the book because she saw so many people with it, and she was disappointed when I said I got it in the States because she was ready to pick up a copy immediately.
You can forget the credit cards, but DO NOT LEAVE HOME WITH THIS ONE!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make Eyewitness essential part of your travel fun,
The coverage is comprehensive and growing year after year, Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice ... every city we went have its own Eyewitness serie. We studied them before our trip, consulted them during our trip, and kept them as memo and photo book after our trip. They are simply essential part of the travel fun.
I recommend buying indiviual city/area book wherever possible instead of the country book. For example, buy Rome, Florence, and Venice books instead of Eyewitness Italy (unless your destination doesn't have its own Eyewitness). That way you get more detailed and targeted info.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for remembering your trip,
By A Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars best guide out there,
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstandingly strong, still the leader,
Very, very good maps and detailed, visually captivating and supremely usable charts of the main attractions are the strongest point of this book. In the obvious places like the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's it beats other guides hands down: the truth is, you will probably have very little time and the viewing conditions will be far removed from ideal, and the Eyewitness charts and pictures (often dismissed by snobs as too glossy and too nice) will be just what the doctor ordered.
Eyewitness Guide is far less detailed, even superficial, where less popular points of interest are concerned. This is where your second (or third) book will come handy.
I like brief but confident details of history, illustrated timelines and especially the lip-smackingly beautiful images of the Italian food.
Do not expect this book to give you too much guidance about finding everything on the cheap: it is not a backpacker's guide and does not pretend to be one. Guidance on hotels and restaurants is adequate but not awesome, it is evident that this is not the main point of the book.
While I am complaining, do you think they could get rid of this annoying cliche title: "Survival Guide". What do you think it is, a jungle? How many tourists die trying to book a hotel and order a meal? Try to think before writing, and you'll be fine. And a little bit of livelier language would not hurt, either, because sometimes the style is so cautious it seems it was written by libel lawyers.
But again - overall a very good book, make it your first purchase before setting off to Rome.
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Guide with Beutiful Visuals,
On a cold day back here in the USA (or Canada) or elsewhere, have a glass of wine and sit in a nice chair or in the garden on a warm day and read this book. For a moment you will be back in traveling. The photos are that good.
As I said, the photos and descriptions and the cutaway drawings are excellent and more than make up for any lack of small detail. But there is lots of detail here. The book includes the history of the city and many details on the art, art galleries, parks, culture, historical figures, cutaway views of historical buildings, and many other things of interest. The history is summarized at the beginning of the book with historical time lines and cross referenced to the culture and political figures. A solid effort - lots of stuff to see and absorb.
It has the other things too such as maps, accommodations, transportation, and the rest.
You will be pleasantly surprised with the depth and quality of this book and it makes a nice souvenir to refresh your memory when you get home.
Jack in Toronto
5.0 out of 5 stars I swear by the DK Eyewitness Guides!,
4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative and useful,
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely organized, and I didn't get lost..,
By A Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Dorling Kindersley captures Eternal Rome,
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Eyewitness Travel Guides Rome by Dorling Kindersley (Paperback - Feb 21 2006)
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