Rough Guide Italy 7e Paperback – Jul 5 2005
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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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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 The competition is not worth considering as they are almost always outdated or so limited to one set itinerary.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.
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.