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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  225 ratings  ·  17 reviews
This book divides central Rome into 16 areas and has further sections for sights on the outskirts of the city; including some day trips as well as some suggested walks. Each of the main areas has its own chapter and contains a selection of sights that convey some of its history and distinctive character. The bird's-eye view maps, photographs, 3-D aerial views of Rome's mos...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) (first published September 15th 1999)
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I'm a big fan of the Eyewitness Travel Guides. The format is appealing -- a lavishly illustrated introductory section expounding on the history and key features of the city followed by color-coded sections, each devoted to a different area. The rear of the book is devoted to practicalities such as transportation, hotels, restaurants, and entertainment. Since it heavily relies on pictures rather than words, it's easy to pick up a guide, thumb through it, and let a striking photo serve as inspirat...more
Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson
I have the 2000 edition of this book which I took to Italy in 2001. These are fantastic travel guides. They are much more focused on the things you want to see rather than travel, hotels and restaurants. The maps are top-notch and there is page after page of color photographs. These guides are practically like a computerized or digitized version of everything you're going to see, how to get there and even how to find your way around once you do get to your destination. The guide to Rome is divid...more
Travel guide with lots of historical information. It is organized by area in Rome and gives historical information about many of the buildings found in each area. There are also sections on where to stay, eat, shop, and go for entertainment. Although small, the book is very heavy and wouldn't be very convenient to carry around with you while you are sightseeing. This is more of a resource to refer to before you go or that you keep in your hotel room during the day and refer to between sightseein...more
Carolyn Dorstek
Ah, Roma! What can I say. This book was my buddy for a month before our trip and a week traveling the streets of Rome. Rome is mind boggling, but this book helped me to sort it out as best as can be expected for only spending a week there. We took the walks and were able to identify and understand many of the sights without taking a guided tour, which we vowed to avoid! The maps were the best I have encountered. The pictures were outstanding. We saw so many people with this book (in a dozen diff...more
A great starting guide for a beginner planning their first trip to Rome, which I'm doing currently.

I appreciate that the guide divides the city into neighborhoods and lists things to do and see in each one. It makes things easier when planning lodgings and itineraries. The guide focuses on the really touristy things -- the Colosseum, the Pantheon and the Sistine Chapel, for a few examples -- but doesn't spend much time with any off-the-beaten path sites. I love love love all the pictures and th...more
Great book to bring along/pick up at the local tobacconist for a trip in Rome.

PRO: Excellent at what it aims to do: tell you bits of this n that on numerous tourist (and not so tourist-y) sites, as well as enough history to get you immersed in the surrounding. Pretty pictures and cut-aways. Also good as a coffee-table book and a souvenir (don't forget to jot your own notes in it!)

CON: A bit on the heavy side, and the maps are not that detailed (better get the free updated pub. transport one fro...more
Catherine Woodman
These are very popular guidebooks in general, but I find them hard to use--very buys in their layout, and while there is good information in them, there is a lot of stuff that is just not of interest to me--drawings of things and such--and I find I can't really use them. THey do have phenomenal pictures and for me are helpful in plannign where I might like to see, but wouldn't recommend actually carrying it with you.
The best travel book I have read on Rome. I used this book while touring Rome, but I recently sat down and read it again (cover to cover to reminisce and pick up on the history again). Great tidbits of history, great walkthroughs of the city, and great advice on where to eat and visit. I highly recommend this book to anyone going to Rome (and read it before you get there).
Essential reference and visual guide organized by neighborhood. Not just for trip preparation. Photocopy maps and Street Finder Index and take along on trip. Even tiny vicoli (narrow medieval streets) are included, though getting lost and serendipitous discoveries are part of the travel experience. After a trip, use the book to identify and read more about sights that you saw.
Blook Bogger
Great information. Beautiful layout. Gyrating maps, pictures, tips. But heavy. I can't see myself taking this book with me. Number 1 in my luggage, 2-3 of these books on different cities would unnecessarily weigh me down and number 2 carrying this book in my purse or backpack would be a burden after an hour or so. But good armchair read before embarkation.
Jan 27, 2008 Lafcadio rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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There is really no way to praise this travel guide properly. I suggest before traveling to any city with tourist intentions, pick up a copy of the eyewitness travel guide for that city, with page markers handy. You can't go wrong.

I heart Eyewitness Travel Guides.
This is actually my daughter's book. She lent it to me after her second (!) trip to Rome and I have been studying it since. I hope to travel there myself this coming June. Too much to see!
Jānis Peisenieks
A perfect companion on your trip to Rome. Has SO many good tips and tricks, that our trip would have been WAY worse, if not for this book.

Highly recommend!
Great. Not quite as good as being there, but useful to help the first time visitor being overwhelmed by options and history.
Love those detailed (almost blueprint) drawings of churches, cathedrals, great buildings in DK travel books.
I used the 2007 version. I read it cover to cover. I found it helpful when I visited Rome.
more for travellers, but very informative
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