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  • Paperback: 1040 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 10th Revised edition edition (April 4 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848367171
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848367173
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 3.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 821 g
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The Rough Guide To Italy. Handy detailed guide to Italy from Genoa to Sicily and all points in between The Sunday Times

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Perfunctory treatment of sites and the maps are poor July 11 2011
By Margaret A. Mcglinch - Published on
Format: Paperback
I'm on a multiple month journey and just spent a month in Morocco in which the Rough Guide was my bible. That book was so much more helpful than any of the other guides that I gradually jettisoned the Blue Guide, Cadogan, and Lonely Planet. When I arrived in Italy, I felt like I owed it to Rough Guide to get their Italy volume because they earned my trust with their careful attention to detail, their informative commentary, and their (mostly) trustworthy judgment in the Morocco book.

Big mistake. I've been in Rome for a week and the Rough Guide has let me down again and again. I keep getting lost because their directions are dreadful! For example, I wanted to see the Capuchin cemetery (p. 651). The site received a mere two-sentence description, and there was NO ADDRESS LISTED. Honest! The directions were "A little way up Via Veneto on the right. . . " and it took me 45 minutes and asking for directions twice to find the place. That's because none of the three maps of Rome provided in the book labeled the street Via Veneto! And once I found it, it's a long street on a steep hill, and I had to keep walking up and down the hill (in 90+ degree heat) to find it. If this were the only such incident, I'd shrug it off, but things like that keep happening when I try to depend on this book. The maps are terrible--so many streets aren't labeled with names, and it's tough because in Italy you can't always find a street sign, so it's always a crapshoot whether the street signs you manage to glimpse will show up on the page, and vice versa. There has got to be a better guide to a city this well-traveled.

I purchased this book in Italy and paid an enormous markup--it cost me over $33. And I still might throw it away and get something different because it's making my trip way too complicated and not providing nearly enough useful content. It is not helping me understand what I see. And it's actually making it harder for me to enjoy the city, not easier. And if it's this bad for Rome, I can't imagine how bad it'll be for smaller cities.

I bought the Rick Steves guide on Kindle, but it's hard to use a Kindle while traveling. It's so far superior to this volume, though, that I may suck it up and buy it in hard copy too because the Rough Guide is just barely better than nothing at all. Take a hard look at this book before you buy it--if your time in Italy is limited, you probably don't want to spend it wandering around in circles because you've got bad maps. And even if it does eventually get you to your destination, it falls short in explaining the significance of so many of these places. If you look around, I'm sure you can find something better than this book--I wish I had.
3.0 out of 5 stars No Longer has the edge Feb. 26 2013
By Steve Rogers - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I firmly believe you need a guidebook to get the most out of your holidays - I use it more for overviews of areas and general info then specific details on hotels and restaurants for which I rely on TripAdvisor and other more updated Internet sources.

The Rough Guide including this one on Italy does its job. I used to really like the Rough Guides because they were opinionated and used to be quite good at pointing out negative as well as positive aspects rather then being bland like Lonely Planet guides. I find this is no longer the case and in general prefer Lonely Planet Guides.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars rough guides: reliable, honest, amusing March 24 2013
By LilPecker - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I can't say enough good things about the rough guides. I rely solely on them as the "go to" guide.
Unlike other guides rough guides are honest. They tell you if a place is a miserable hole instead of hyping it up in order to sell the guide. With some other guides you might arrive at a place not unlike a garbage pit. You look around and notice the only other people there are tourists who have read the same guide. Everyone is using four letter words in reference to their guide. Also restaurant/hotel recommendations are reliable. Plus the guide makes for a good read. Its sometimes non-politically correct commentaries are hilarious.
I've tried all the guides. 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.
Recently I've purchased just the electronic formats of: Italy, Morocco, France. Instead of lugging around a book you have everything you need on your little android, i-thingee, tablet, etc. One warning (and a note to the publisher): the maps should have been scanned at a higher resolution as on the electronic version they are a bit blurry. In defense of the publisher this is noted in the beginning of each guide. Still the technology is there such that these maps could have been impeccable within the electronic format.
Additional tip: if you are driving in Europe consider bringing a GPS with European maps. You can program in the hotel address and then select the nearest parking place where you can leave your car and hoof it from there. Stress-free and encourages people to enjoy their vacation instead of having fistfights.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but combine w/ second book Oct. 17 2011
By 10za - Published on
Format: Paperback
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.
4.0 out of 5 stars easy to carry Aug. 6 2012
By Sandyoz - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Having a travel guide which I could easily carry and reference during our recent holiday was great. There were some bits which appeared to be out of date (restaurants closed) but these were few and far between. Very helpful and provided good basis for our travels.

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