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The Rough Guide to Italy

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  109 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
This is a practical handbook to one of Europe's most captivating countries, Italy. There are detailed accounts of the best-known attractions such as the Vatican museums and the beautiful Amalfi coast as well as coverage of the lesser-known sights such as the rugged Monte Sibillini range.
Paperback, 1224 pages
Published July 2nd 2007 by Rough Guides Limited (first published 1993)
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There's a ton of information here, but this is like a college text book - zero pictures & dense text. I prefer having at least some pictures/maps in my guide books.

I'd recommend this if you are planning a trip a year from now, are prepared to look up things on your phone/computer while you're reading, and are going to buy another "easier" guide book to take on your actual trip (lugging this thing around in Italy seems like a non-starter).
Richard Thomas
Fundamentally, don't buy this in Kindle as it is too much abridged to be of any use.

The print edition is excellent although aimed at a younger generation than me in terms of accommodation, drinking houses and restaurants. Its descriptions of cities towns and the country are unbeatable in a single volume; you might not necessarily always agree but that is one of the joys of the Rough Guide series.
Jack Hrkach
Oct 10, 2015 Jack Hrkach rated it really liked it
Very briefly as noted before on other Rough Guides this is the one for me - few pics (why buy a book filled with pics of things you're going to see in the flesh?) lots of history, info well-written - I used these along with Rick Steves, both on kindle, and my trip becomes much easier.
Jul 05, 2010 Clare rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, travel
My copy of this book has crinkly pages from being used out in the rain, falls open spontaneously at the maps of Florence and Rome, and is full of annotations next to the names of ice cream shops. I can't imagine my trip to Italy in 2002 without it. Rough Guides are the bomb.
Meri Meri
Translated bits of this one. It's really well-researched and useful, plus it's accesible and has a lot of cultural info available.
Useful tool. Hopefully, out this winter sometimes at the Niculescu Publishing House.
Apr 28, 2009 Amanda rated it really liked it
My reading has been really boring lately, but exciting to me - guidebooks like this one, snippets of books that take place or are about Italy, etc.... Can't wait!
Feb 27, 2013 Magda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another not-to-be-missed side dish is fiori di zucca – batter-fried courgette blossom, stuffed with mozzarella and a sliver of marinated anchovy.
Useful for planning my trip to Italy but outdated now. Better get the latest edition available.
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