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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Cook Publishing; 2 edition (21 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848483902
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848483903
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13 x 1.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 302,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Sydney, Australia, but a resident of the United Arab Emirates from 1998, travel writer Lara Dunston has been a perpetual globetrotter since 2003. That year, Lara and her co-author/photographer husband Terence Carter put their worldly possessions into storage in Dubai and took to the road. More than 40-something travel guidebooks and 100s of stories for everyone from National Geographic Traveler to Wanderlust later, they're still travelling. In 2010, they embarked on their own project, Grantourismo, a contemporary grand tour of the world in which they're trading hotel rooms for holiday homes to explore a more enriching way to travel:

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Must have for travelers to Calabria 12 May 2011
By Michelle Fabio, Bleeding Espresso - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you're headed to the toe of the boot, you'll want to have the second edition of Travellers Calabria by Lara Dunston and Terry Carter tucked away in your travel bag. This guidebook gives a solid overview of many aspects of Calabrian culture including archaeology, history, and food, while also offering sightseeing, accommodation, and restaurant tips as well.

In short, it does exactly what a guidebook should -- and it's conveniently only slightly larger than pocket-sized to boot.

The photographs are consistently gorgeous and the text covers much more than the main tourist destinations like Tropea, Gerace, and Reggio Calabria; it also shares some of my favorite even more off-the-beaten stops like Pizzo, Le Castella, and Serra San Bruno.

I especially love the section that lists, by season, which attractions a visitor should enjoy in Calabria; first-time visitors will also appreciate the inclusion of basic information on how to arrive and get around, handle money issues, navigate national holidays, and even say some basic phrases in Italian.

If I have one slight criticism, it's the lack of coverage of the Catanzaro province, where I happen to live in what many consider to be one of the most picturesque medieval villages in Calabria (Badolato). For the province, there are no restaurants listed outside of the city of Catanzaro, and available accommodations are also a bit ignored -- there are some great agriturismi, in particular, that offer not only great lodging but also excellent dining options with food prepared from products grown and raised on the premises.

I realize this information isn't easy to come by even for savvy guidebook researchers, but I do hope to see the Catanzaro section expanded a bit in future updates.

Overall, though, you're not going to find a better, more comprehensive guidebook for Calabria in English, and this one comes complete with suggested one-week, two-week, and longer itineraries in case you prefer to have someone else do the planning. There are also walking tours of Reggio Calabria, Tropea, and Crotone as well as driving tours of the national parks in both the Sila and Aspromonte Mountains.

I highly recommend this book to anyone planning a trip to Calabria or who wants to learn more about the region and all it has to offer.
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Very useful 30 Dec. 2011
By Italophile - Published on
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There's not much available for someone looking to make their way through Calabria. This guide has been very helpful in planning my trip. It has good detail about key towns and villages including walking tours and of course the key attractions of each location. Well worth the money.
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Calabria! 26 Dec. 2013
By MICHELLE WELCH - Published on
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Calabria is lovely, and even more so when you know where to go and what to see. This light weight book came with me and I carried it all along the way.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Cursory coverage at best 26 Sept. 2013
By Book Lover in Illinois - Published on
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I find the Thomas Cook guides pretty useless: minimal historical and cultural information, and unnecessary verbiage. Lots of pretty pictures and quality paper, which means you're carrying around a lot of weight without much content. Although there really aren't any good guides to Calabria, this one added very little to our trip and I wouldn't advise buying it.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
calabria travel guide 11 Feb. 2012
By joel - Published on
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even though it was reccomended by other users, i was not convinced that it would cover what i was looking for. i took a chance purchased it and to my amazement when i received it was a comphrensive guide to calabria that warrents my approval.
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