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Frommer's Sicily (Frommer's Complete Guides) Paperback – 20 May 2011

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 5th Edition edition (20 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047097396X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470973967
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,083,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Head to Cefalù′s beach or walk through narrow medieval streets to the magnificent cathedral. See chapter 6. Detailed maps throughout Exact prices, directions, opening hours,and other practical information Candid reviews of hotels and restaurants, plus sights, shopping, and nightlife Itineraries, walking tours, and trip–planning ideas Insider tips from local expert authors


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By RM/TM TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Jun. 2011
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This guide has quite a no-frills approach, with black text, bold red headers and no photographs other than the one on the cover. There are a number of reasonably detailed maps and the odd coloured box containing quirky asides (Truman Capote trying to buy an islet with a bounced cheque, and the legend of Santa Rosalia, who opted to live as a hermit in a cave near Palermo to escape an arranged marriage).

Divided by region, the book is very comprehensive - covering all the usual topics such as where to stay (for a variety of budgets), sites worth seeing, and transport options, plus a few less common inclusions such as local crafts, books to read to get into the Sicilian mood, films (likewise), and geology, flora and fauna. There is also an introductory chapter of 'bests' - including the best walks, best churches and cathederals, and most awe-inspiring ruins to see. Perhaps the book's greatest strength, though, is the vast amount of culinary information provided, with countless examples of unusual dishes (spaghetti with sea-urchins, ravioli stuffed with tomato mousse and basil jelly, and black and white chocolate dessert with orange peel). There's also a lot of detail on the styling of the various hotels, cafes and restaurants (medieval stone vs retro 1960's), so that even without pictures, you can have a fair idea of whether the ambience of a particular venue will appeal to you.
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Clearly the series has moved on a long way since Arthur Frommer's `Europe on $5 a day' published in 1957 as this guide clearly spans the market as a whole. The most of the main centres are easy found but many of the more interesting minor locations are omitted and, if noted, are covered concisely. Rough Guide or Lonely Planet users may be disappointed there is a lack of youth orientation and interests such as walking, mountain biking or diving are given scant attention; the few listed `walking tours' are guided itineraries around the `must see' cities or localities, rather than anything more adventurous.

The format is well structured and easy to use; although apparently published in the UK, being printed in the USA, the English usage and spelling is American, which may, or may not be, to your taste. The approach is more `tourist' than traveller and if that's what you want, it's a good buy.
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By Dave TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 July 2011
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It is only possible to rate the accuracy of a travel guide by actually visiting the country mentioned, in this case Sicily, which I hope to visit next year.

I would prefer a smaller book for carrying around easily so as to look up places of interest and/or where to eat in the vicinity of where I happen to be and for detailed maps and advice of how to get around. This guide contained all the required maps however the guide seemed quite heavy at over 340 pages. Maybe too heavy to slip easily into a pocket and all but two of the maps lack colour and no photographs at all (excepting the glossy cover).

The guide includes useful features such as when to go so as to avoid the sweltering weather and the packed school buses visiting the various places of interest. However I almost always ignore the getting there and places to stay sections as I think getting there from Britain will be by plane for the vast majority and a hotel is usually done via Tripadvisor paying attention to the traveller review section as well as the offers.

There are some good tips; one that needs consideration is the use of the pool area by wedding parties. It would be a shame to book a hotel looking forward to the pool only to find you can't use it. This is what Fromer's calls `Insider Tips'. There are other useful nuggets of information in special finds, fun facts, etc. and a good one in `Overrated'.

Overall this is a comprehensive guide with the normal information that could benefit from a few photographs here and there.

I also notice that this book is available as a Kindle edition. I would buy this as I would already be carrying my Kindle with me (just upped the stars from 3 to 4).
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