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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Italy [Paperback]

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1 Feb 2012 DK Eyewitness Travel Guide

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Italy will lead you straight to the best attractions Italy's kaleidoscope of regions have on offer. Packed with photographs, illustrations and detailed maps, the guide explores every facet that makes this country irresistible, from the Alps in the far north to the sun-blessed Mediterranean shores of the south. The guide provides all the insider tips every visitor needs from soaking up the romance of Verona, basking in the warm evening sun in Tuscany, or glimpsing the ancient ruins lining the streets of Rome, as well as comprehensive listings of the best hotels, villas, resorts, restaurants, and nightlife in each region for all budgets. You'll find 3D cutaways and floorplans of all the must-see sites, plus street-by-street maps of the major towns. The guide explores Italy's history, classical origins, architecture and art and provides up-to-date information on getting around by train, boat, car or on foot.

Don't miss a thing on your trip with the DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Italy

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  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (1 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405368691
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405368698
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Cornish Deadhead TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I've travelled a fair amount over the years and have tended to buy guides/information books on the country/regions that I have visited, but some like the Rough Guides or Lonely Planet tend to be lacking in visual appeal. However, the Eyewitness guides are bursting with colour pictures and illustrations, so if you want your information visually as well as written, then this guide of Italy is for you.

It is easy to find the area you want with the thumbnail colour index on the pages, and the 720 pages are packed with photos, cutaways & floorplans of major sights, maps, sights to visit, huge selection of hotels, restaurants etc. There is a lovely 73 page introductory section aptly named "Introducing Italy" which is an enjoyable and interesting read in it's own right, in fact much of this guide makes interesting reading.

My reason for purchasing the guide is that I am visiting Italy for the first time in 20 years later on this year, and after considering a few others which I had viewed in shops, I settled on this 2012 edition as being the best available. It has a sturdy softback and measures approx 22h X 13w X 3d cms and with it's weight, one cannot exactly call it pocket size. However, the presentation, and information is superb in my opinion.

If you are going to spend time in Italy in the near future, then do yourself a favour and get a copy before you go.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Travel guide 27 Jan 2013
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Went to Italy last year and bought this book to take with us. Well worth it, as we could have missed so many things on our way round if we had not had the information with us.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great pictures but very Art focused. 22 Jan 2013
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I am about to move to Italy and decided to purchase this book for all my Italian travel needs. I have been an avid user of lonely planet and Thompson city spot guides for many years. I love lonely planet however feel that they need more images to inspire my travels - hence buying this one.

If you are very building and art focused on your trips, this will be the guide for you. However I personally like to know where to find the best restaurants, coffee shops, markets and more varied sights. This book has lovely pictures of churches etc but I feel that the information isn't varied enough for me.

There is a restaurant section at the back, however it is pretty boring!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eyewitness guides are always good 31 Dec 2012
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This was a very useful and much used guide on our holiday this year. The information that Dorling Kindersley provide in their guides is always superb.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ITALY DK GUIDEBOOK 8 May 2012
By niranie
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Excellent product. Brilliant photos and maps. Everything I need for my tour. Quite heavy though - goes with the gloss I guess.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flavours of Italy 25 Oct 2009
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I think that this series of DK travel info books are just great for wetting your appetite. There are lots of very good illustrations and many topics are covered. An ideal starting book for further research for the serious traveller and happy traveller alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Italy: Eyewitness Travel Guide 11 Oct 2012
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Concise, with excellent relevant information. Illustrations and maps very good. My favourite travel guide publisher - a cut above the rest.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As always 1 Oct 2010
By Anonyme
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As with all this series of guides, the book is very clear and user friendly - it is easy to browse, whereas many guidebooks require full reading and note taking in order to gather the required information. My only complaint is that large sections of the book are dedicated to Florence, Rome, Naples and Venice, and very little space is given to other regions. As there are separate books for the above regions, which I had already purchased prior to visiting them, I now feel I have bought two books on each of those places and still have insufficient information about other parts of Italy. It actually makes me wonder if there is any point in visiting other parts of Italy if there is apparently so little to see! I would be willing to buy books dedicated to the other regions, even if these were more general e.g. Southern Regions (Sicily, Puglia etc), North West Italy (Liguria, etc) and Eastern (Umbria etc).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought it would be, but have not really been to Italy to...
I bought this because I was trying to find out where to go in Italy where I would see all the sights, this does show the sights but
not in great detail. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Squashy
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book so far
This book gives You a introduction to Italy in a excellent way. Good overview and easy to find places of interest.
Published 7 months ago by Stein Erik Ansethmoen
5.0 out of 5 stars Always buy Eyewitness
Eyewitness travel guides are by far the best ones as far as I am concerned. If you want to really explore a place and learn a bit about history, architecture and quirky facts about... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Manicat
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Guide
Very imprest with this guide. Only reason would not 5* it was due to its weight. It contains all you need to travel round Italy but slightly thinner paper and much thinner cover... Read more
Published 10 months ago by C. Parcell
3.0 out of 5 stars A lot of Info
If you are looking for a Lot of information about Italy - This is the guide book for you! I only wanted a lightweight book to travel round with and tell me where to go and what to... Read more
Published 10 months ago by laura
5.0 out of 5 stars great
got this ready for my trip of a lifetime to italy and it was great with handy tips and local traditions was good to get some insight before i left england
Published 11 months ago by sweepy
4.0 out of 5 stars Italy.....get packing!
All round a good travel guide to Italy however combined with "Back Roads Italy (also DK Eyewitness) is a great combination. Read more
Published 13 months ago by iheartsewing
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book to carry on trip
Love travel books, and this one does what it says. Good visual and written explanations as well as details of the best places to visit if on a short trip.
Published 15 months ago by C. M. Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars DK Eyewitness Italy
I have prviously bought the DK Eyewitness travel guides for France and Spain and they are excellent. They have lots of photos and descriptions of must see places. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Rob
4.0 out of 5 stars Eyewitness travel books are always great :)
I live in Italy but english is my first language, so I bought this to get to know my new country better. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Melissa
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