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Insight Pocket Guide: Bologna (Insight Pocket Guides) [Paperback]

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13 May 2009 Insight Pocket Guides
This brand new edition Insight Pocket Guide is the ideal companion for your trip to Bologna. Expertly written by a local author, it features four tailor-made itineraries designed to cover all the recommended sights and attractions, including Bologna's historic heart - around the Piazza, noble and mercantile Bologna, the University District, and Bologna off the beaten track. A further eight routes form excursions around the region, still within easy reach of the city, covering everything from Parma to Rimini and the Adriatic Coast. You can pick the tour to suit the time you have to spare; either half-day, full-day or overnight excursion, so no matter how long your stay you can be sure you will see the very best of Bologna. Each route is clearly marked on a detailed, fully-indexed, pull-out map that can be used in conjunction with the guide or independently. The guide also features information on shopping, entertainment and all the main cultural events throughout the year, whilst invaluable practical information is also included, covering accommodation, transport, currency and much more.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Insight (13 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9812821317
  • ISBN-13: 978-9812821317
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 221,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A alternative approach to a travel guide... 19 Aug 2010
By RoboLab
Thuis book takes a very different approach to helping you make the most of your break in Bologna. Rather than conventional travel guides, which have sections on sights, accomodation, eating etc, this book is structured entierly in terms of highly structured walking tours with the information hidden inside each.

So say you find yourself in a part of town and fancy a cheap snack. Well, you have to find the walking tour that covers that bit of town and read the whole thing in the hope that the guide suggests stopping for a snack somewhere nearby.

Also there is no simple italian phrases in the back which was dissapointing as rough guides and lonely planet always seen to include a few essentials. The maps were good though.

To summarise, this book seems to be for people who usually visit places with a tour guide. If you prefer wandering round a city, making your own itenary then this isn't the book for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Poor Guidebook 9 Sep 2011
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I have bought a few Insight guidebooks and found them reasonable but this is hopeless. For a start, half the book is not about Bologna but about surrounding regions. The bit about Bologna consists of four guided walks, interspersed with twee statements like "It may be time now for coffee". There is no list of main attractions and opening times although you can find some of these buried away in the walk itineraries, and no mention of buses or public transport in the town.

There is a list of hotels and restaurants but you can do just as well with internet searches.

Don't waste your money on this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Bologna 12 Sep 2009
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This did everything I wanted: a large scale map of the city; walking tours taking in the main places of interest; enough pictures to bring it to life; small enough to carry; ideas for local trip to places like Ravenna. Excellent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful Guide with Pocket Map 25 Oct 2010
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This guide includes recommended walking tours of the city of Bologna and wider tours in the region. The map is clear and concise, though some of the tiniest streets threading through Bologna were a little difficult to spot (some might benefit from a small magnifying glass for that purpose). However, all the basics on what to see, do and how to get there are listed and, as I was in Bologna for a four-day city hop, this guide and map fitted the bill for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Essential accessory 4 Jun 2010
As usual, the Insight guide lives up to its reputation. The descriptions contain just the right amount of detail and the suggested walks are a useful way of making sure you see the most interesting places - although the guide times are rather generous!
By including nearby towns, this light, compact guide was sufficient and meant I didn't have to carry the full Italy guide around.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but could be better 20 Nov 2009
The Bologna guide was useful as I walked the streets. The maps showing walks were particularly useful but could have been larger to make them easy to follow as I walked round. The DK books are better but are heavier to carry round.

The narrative was easy and entertaining to read without being too stuffy or "textbook". Photographs were good and the key attractions were all highlighted well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insight Pocket Guide to Bologna. 21 Mar 2014
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This book was recommended and it was ideal for us. Quite a slim book but easy enough to carry around. Good info for trips outside Bologna.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great city, great book 27 Oct 2013
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This book contains lots of information, maps, pictures and directions. Bologna is a beautiful city, a secret gem, not in many tourist brochures. Makes a great city break. Take this book with you!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Bologna
This is a better travel guide. I also went to Ravenna this year.
Lovely place despite the pickpocket job. Go.
Published 8 months ago by Joanna
4.0 out of 5 stars Adequate insight
I have often bought Insight Guides and normally think they are some of the best available on the market. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Book fiend
4.0 out of 5 stars uesful book
This book is quite useful as a guide especially as the maps which are clear and easy to follow. Also there were street maps of the other essential tourist attractions close to... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Hemesh Alles
4.0 out of 5 stars Something for the weekend
Good size for a short visit though the city map could have been a little clearer:- probably just my age!
Published 15 months ago by Mrs Jaqueline A lane
2.0 out of 5 stars A superficial guide
Beautiful city with too little information. This small book covers the region rather than just Bologna. Walks are not easy to follow. Read more
Published 15 months ago by David O'Neill
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice but Basic
Only 34 pages on the city of Bologna - so basic indeed! Nice map and illustrations. This is a superficial guide with many conspicuous omissions. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Sketchy
As another reviewer has pointed out, the majority of this little guide is about the area round Bologna, and only a portion covers Bologna. Read more
Published 17 months ago by A. McGuire
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, precise guide
Clearly written and provides quality insigth intot he city with all the usual information you need, what to see, where to stay and eat etc,etc. Read more
Published 17 months ago by busy teacher
5.0 out of 5 stars great map
wouldnt go anywhere in the world without an insight guide ===they are invaluable and save so much time looking up what to see and do
Published 20 months ago by Jill Riley
2.0 out of 5 stars Insight Pocket Guide to Bologna
As a regular traveler I found this guide to be out of date although published 2012.

Opening dates, times and closures of venues and costs were wrong, this could be due... Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2012 by Mealing
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