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Rick Steves Italy 2018

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  2,638 ratings  ·  147 reviews
From the Mediterranean to the Alps, from fine art to fine pasta: with Rick Steves on your side, Italy can be yours!

Inside Rick Steves Italy 2018 you'll find:


Comprehensive coverage for planning a multi-week trip to Italy
Rick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites
Top sights and hidden gems, from the Colo
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Kindle Edition, 1272 pages
Published November 28th 2017 by Rick Steves (first published January 1995)
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Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: italy
This book, as with all the Rick Steves books, is helpful as ever. The only parts where I tend to differ with him are his hotel and B&B suggestions. Having had a negative experience in one place that he highly recommended several years ago, I have learned to cross-check any suggestions with some online sites.

It’s always fun to be traveling somewhere and to spot another person with one of his books!

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Snooty1
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-books
Not going to lie...I only read the parts that were associated with the places I am going. In the future the plan is to have read the entire book, meaning of course that I have visited the entire country.
I read this as a textbook, trying to take in all the knowledge and memorize it, but it's actually a pretty easy read and fun to learn more about a culture/history/architecture of a place. I'm definitely going to bring this on the trip. (Obviously will hide it in my room, so that no one thinks I'm
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Helga Cohen
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: travel, reference
This is the definitive guide to traveling in Italy. It has helped me to get my bearings and plans in place to travel to Lake Como near the mountains, Florence, Cinque Terre (Italian Riviera), Venice and ending in Milan. I will be referring to this book many times.


Stephanie
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve only read the intro, Venice, Rome, Florence, and “Practicalities”, But they’re really good, helpful, and practical.
Alana
Jul 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, as far as travel guides go, I consider Rick Steves to be my personal god/guru. Since 2004, I have not taken an international trip without one of his books in my hand all throughout the planning stages and the actual trip. He may not always cover every little thing (and if you're OCD about travel like me, then you'll probably have several guides, and cross-referencing will give you any other little things you might miss), but he manages to cover just about everything the average (and perhaps ...more
Freddy
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nf-places, z2014
Many travel forum contributors don't care for Rick's opinionated approach. Having watched his great shows through the years, however, I appreciate the author's voice. Indeed, reading through one of his suggested itineraries feels like having a friend on the journey. Other guides leave me cold, offering general information that one can easily find online. Rick shares wonderful tips, offers historical backgrounds, and helps one avoid tourist traps. In preparing, I often use his text in conjunction ...more
Abhinav Arora
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is probably the best book out there if you need to visit Italy. Unlike other guide books, which are primarily factual, Rick's books seem like a collection anecdotes which he has collected in so many years. His advices and recommendations are spot on. I tried many books before my trip to Italy this summer. But none of them come close to this. ...more
Margie
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thorough investigation and detailed advice makes this guide a please to read.
One tip for improvement: please enlargen the details on the maps! It is so small, I need to use a magnifying glass ( which is oftentimes inconvenient at the moment).
I appreciate Steve’s candor and humor - both were very helpful when traveling through new surroundings for the first time.
Steve Culhane
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We just returned from a 10 day tour of Italy which would have been a disaster without this book and our GPS. Is well written with photos and humor and ALL the information you need to enjoy your trip. I highly recommend this!
Cathi Tague
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Italy Bible to plan our Italy trip! We're taking it with us when we go. ...more
Terri Lynn
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, travel
I read all of the new editions of each of Rick Steves' travel guides and have since 2007. I love how he includes everything you need or want to know about the transportation options in each country/city, places to eat, sights to see, and in such detail.

This is the 2014 guide to Italy and I love Italy so naturally I devoured it. His details are good and his suggestions are often useful. The only thing I don't trust him on in any of the guidebooks is his "where to sleep sections". Rick and I are
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Dee
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is unimaginably useful! Its like having everything you need to know about travelling in Italy practically in your pocket. From maps and directions to restaurant and hotel reviews, this book has everything you could possibly want. Rick Steves also goes through all the historical and cultural points of interest in every major city with detailed information about their historical value and visiting instructions. The book also contains many handy shortcuts such as instructions for self-gui ...more
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Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone traveling to Italy!
Shelves: 2012, zz-reviewed
The book contains all the major attractions and "must do" activities in the featured cities. If you want a more detailed idea of what to do in each city, you should check to see if he had a book for the cities you plan to visit. The "Venice" book was fantastic for instance.

There were also lots of great traveler tips and money saving suggestions. For instance, one thing I never thought about is that lots of restaurants already have a service charge included that covers the tip - typically indicat
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Laura
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like all of Rick Steves's books, this one focuses on very particular regions and sites, and is not expansive. If you are looking for a complete guide to Italy, you will have to supplement this book. Mr. Steves focuses on a more local experience, rather than the "high points" one, though he does not neglect the truly crucial sites to visit. I generally find his hotel recommendations to be a bit precious, and since they are generally quite small and often require direct contact with the proprietor ...more
Cheryl
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply put, Mr Steves organized my trip to Italy. I bought this book on Kindle, Rick Steves Rome in paper and downloaded his free app on my IPhone and wandered around listening to his walking tours and interviews in Florence, Rome and Pompeii. I learned routes, history and booked tours and tickets using his advice or as a jumping off point. If I could hug him I would. If you are planning a trip to Italy and doing it yourself- you need this book. By the way, using both paper and digital, and I am ...more
Linnea
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
Don't like everything about Rick Steves approach--his books are more opinionated and I don't always agree with what he prefers. But he is most helpful with practical details--getting around long lines, etc.--and also appreciate his city walks for the cities you don't have a lot of time in.

I understand he can't include everything in a book like this, but find it odd he completely fails to mention Arezzo or Anghiari.
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Colleen
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
There isn’t much for me to say about Rick Steves Italy other than I’ve used his guidebooks for all my Europe trips since 2005 and they’re, hands-down, my favorites. We’ve stayed in unique places, ate delicious food, and seen wonderful sights following the advice in his guidebooks. They’re honest and downright funny at times and haven’t let me down yet. I just wish he’d do guidebooks for the entire world!
Lenny Husen
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is probably the best guide book you will find on Italy. A bit cumbersome, but packed with useful information. Could have used a little humour, but you can't have everything. Rick Steve really delivers.
Loaded with maps, tips, ideas for itineraries, where to stay, and much more. Don't leave Rome without it.
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Letty
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great resource! As usual, Rick Steves provides excellent advise and tips to make your trip planning less cumbersome. I recommend buying the full book for planning and then buying either a smaller RS city guide or kindle version for when you are on your trip so that you do not have to lug around a giant book while touring.
Jennifer
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy the way Rick Steve's writes his travel books; however, I found his pocket guides to be better for specific cities. This was a great companion to the pocket guides because it was updated for this year and told me what kinds of changes to anticipate. It left out some regions I visited, and for the price, I would have liked a better map of Italy as a whole. ...more
Julie (JR)
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I didn't know where to start planning our first trip to Italy before hearing about Rick Steves and getting this book. It was immensely helpful and I rearranged my travel plans based on his advice. I tore up the book (as he suggests) into sections and then didn't leave without the section for each city we visited. This is a must read for any first time European traveler! ...more
Lindsay Allen
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok so I can't rate it a 5 because it wasn't a thrilling read for someone who is not currently planning a trip to Italy, but that is my fault for choosing to read travel guides cover-to-cover for fun/education/inspiration. If I book a trip to Italy, I will get this book, but he just makes it sound so crowded there... ...more
Jack Hrkach
Good guide about specific sites, though he ignores a lot of places I'd like to read more on - which is why I use his guide along with Rough Guide - between them I have a much easier time as a solo traveler than I would without. ...more
Lynn
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book in preparation for my trip to Italy. I must admit, I only read the Rome, Naples and Florence parts though! 😂 The rating may change to a five star review if all his suggestions are as great as they sound!
Lisa
Rick is always reliable with his hotel recommendations and as a bonus, he's fun to read. ...more
Eric
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great guide. Can't wait to use Rick's guidance on the ground in Italy.

I so enjoy his insights, humor and guidance.
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Nikki
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very informative and fun to read!
Tim Dirgins
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished a two week vacation and this guide was a lifesaver! An absolute must-have!
Lkelly6
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
All of the Rick Steves travel books are outstanding. They are without exception the best guide to use when traveling in Europe or Turkey.
Jim Blessing
Dec 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
After skimming through this well-written tour guide to Italy, I am of the opinion, that the best way to visit Italy is by cruise ship. Stops in Rome, Venice, Florence and Tuscany would be great.
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Richard "Rick" Steves is an American author and television personality on European travel. He is the host of a public television series, and a public radio travel show, and the author of many travel guidebooks and autobiographies. ...more

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