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Italy (DK Eyewitness Travel Guides) Paperback – Jun 1996

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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing (Jun. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789404257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789404251
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,883,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 May 1999
Format: Paperback
I am a seasoned travellor and have relied on research and travel books to enhance my travels and guide me through foreign cities. Discovering this exceptional book has changed the travel experience. Why? The guide gives you a quick overview of all of the essentials, history and sites. The difference is the following: this guide provides the travellor with the 3-D picture of every important neighborhood, with many suggested walking tours, with each site numbered for additional detailed information on subsequent pages. The travellor misses nothing because full colored pictures assist in the discovery. No other information is needed including maps and museum pamphlets. This guide allows the travellor to be self sufficient including trying use every day things such as phones, ATMs, public transportation, tipping suggesting...IT'S ALL YOU NEED!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Mar. 1998
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After years of travel around the world and many hours pouring through guidebooks, I can't think of a better book to plan a trip. It's a pleaure to read and very inspiring. I'm now looking for Eyewitness California/L.A. and any Asia guides.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Nov. 1998
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I just got back from a trip to Italy, and everywhere we went we threw 3 or 4 travel guides in our backpack. This was the book we consulted the most, by far our favorite. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. G. SMITH on 28 Dec. 2008
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This is another excellent travel guide from Eye Witness which does exactly what the cover says- an invaluable guide for general use. I found it very helpful on a recent cruise, as the coverage is extensive - although obscure areas are not so well covered all the main tourist areas are and in enough detail for 95% of tourists I suspect. The 'boxes' on opening hours, prices and so on for popular attractions are extremely useful. One tip- IF you are a 'senior' take a photocopy of your passport with you- you may well get a discount in museums and so on!
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115 of 117 people found the following review helpful
beautiful overview, less helpful for specifics 8 Nov. 1999
By Joanne DeCarolis ( - Published on
Format: Paperback
What a gorgeous book. I fell in love with the Eyewitness series and decided to buy this book to learn as much as I could about as many places as I could in Italy, before I planned my trip. I also plan on collecting more, for future trips and because they are great educational books, even if one never plans on traveling. Great for the coffee table, too! Organized by region with an overview of each area and brief highlights about specific sites (most of which are churches). The map on Rome was a little confusing at first and I had to keep flipping page to page to navigate. Luckily, the book is designed with two flaps that can be used for page markers. Useful organization on the sites (such as which ones charge admission, open/closed times, market days for towns, etc.) Loved the sections on regional foods and festivals, useful travel info located in the back. Photographs are small but lovely and numerous, architectural cutaways give interesting perspective on the sites. Restaurant and hotel recommendations are well organized but I never really consulted them. (Stuck to the internet for finding rooms and our wanderings and recommendations from other travelers to find restaurants.) We went to the Amalfi coast, Capri and the Umbria area (staying in Gubbio) and found the book mildly helpful. It was most helpful in Rome. I saw many tourists with Eyewitness Italy and Rome guides everywhere in Rome, in many languages. I've also seen the Frommer's series and found that one to be more densely packed with useful information and suggestions for interesting (and often inexpensive) excursions. However, it lacks the stimulating layout of the photographs, maps and color coding found in the Eyewitness guides. I felt the need to get more specific local guidebooks as I traveled with more detailed information and photographs. For example, I bought a guidebook outside Pompeii in order to have more information on the sights as well as a more useful map. It turns out that much more of Pompeii was excavated since the Eyewitness book was written. Hardly any information was given on the excavation of Herculaneum, which we heard is even a better site to tour than Pompeii. We could have used information on navigating around Capri efficiently, too, considering a day trip allows little time to see many of the sights, which often are contingent on the weather (such as the famous Blue Grotto, inaccessible at high tide). Capri is also very expensive for just about everything. The only warning given is that it's a "tourist trap." Minimal, general information was provided for the Amalfi coast, so much had to be learned (such as driving hazards) by experience, which is one of the joys of traveling anyway. Overall, a beautiful,informative book, providing a good general overview of a variety of areas and sites. Decent maps, terrific photos, useful travel info (though limited description of bus and metro routes). Not detailed enough for many areas so local souvenir guidebooks, or a more densely informed and photo-poor book might be helpful for the more investigative traveler. A note to travelers: order foods that are specialties of the region. Foods adopted from other regions tend to be less than expected. (ex. Risotto in the south is often made with the wrong rice, pizza in the north is difficult to eat and has too thin a crust. Whereas gnocchi in the north is incredible.) What also would have been useful is a description of different shop names and what they sell so travelers know what to expect when they're looking for something specific. (Like a deli--"salumeria" for an inexpensive lunch of prosciutto and cheese) However, that is again some of the fun of traveling--finding these things on your own. Buon viaggio!
73 of 76 people found the following review helpful
You can't buy a better travel guide 6 Sept. 2000
By Karen Bierman Hirsh - Published on
Format: Paperback
Dorling Kindersley makes the best travel guides hands down. They are extremely well illustrated, have extensive and detailed maps (thank god, because I tend to get lost very easily), up to date information on hotels (rates, rooms etc), restaurants (costs and reservation policies), and sites to see.
The travel guides have wonderful pictures, well researched histories and facts about Italy, what wines to look for and taste (not just by region and vineyard but also by year), sample dishes that one should try, detailed walking tours, information on famous art (there is a great section on the Sistine Chapel and all of the figures you will find in each panel).
The book also covers customs, money changing, travel information - you name it!
This is one of the best guides available on the market. It is perfect if you are planning to go to a few cities in a limited time or for more in depth information when planning a longer trip. We always lend this out to people before they plan a trip and everyone else has agreed it is top of the line.
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
You'll keep reading this book after the trip! 3 Aug. 2000
By Nicole Richardson - Published on
Format: Paperback
I brought four tour books with me to Italy - three of these just weighed down my luggage. Eyewitness Travel Guide: Italy is not only a critical companion for travelling Italy. It's the only tour book you'll need.
Not planning a trip to Italy? Flip through this book and you'll be calling your travel agent. It's visually enticing and information rich!
But the surprise happened when I came back from the trip. I couldn't put this book down! It put into perspective what I'd seen while in Venice, Rome, Florence, Pisa, Lake Como, and the Ligurian Riviera. Things that, while there, I was too overwhelmed to soak in completely.
This book continues to let me relive the glorious scenery, history, and culture that is Italy. This book is a must for your Italy trip and for always.
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Bella Italia 25 Mar. 2000
By saliero - Published on
Format: Paperback
When Eyewitness travel guides burst on to the scene, they revolutionised the genre. Dorling Kindersley have long published marvellous series information books for schools and young people, and they have brought the same high quality of production to their travel series. Eyewitness does a few things superbly: 1. Their use of full colour photography. 2. No Top Tens or 1/2/3 stars. Eyewitness just show it how it is and let you decide what interests you most. 3. Real maps, with real street indexes, integrated right into the book. No more sketch maps with dubious scale or misrepresentations of actual distances. 4. Breaking up cities into manageable and logical sectors. So after helping you get there, they offer full coverage of the area. 5. There is no attempt to be hip or impose points-of-view. Other guide books do that, and do it quite well at times, so they are best left to that field.
Italy is a fat book, and it might be heavy to carry around, but as other reviewers have said it is invaluable. It would replace at least two other guide books, and relegate the other lushly illustrated "guides" that are out there to the coffee-table status that is probably more appropriate.
My one criticism is that the accommodation listings are more appropriate for the well-heeled traveller. Here's what I'd do: go to the local library and borrow the Let's Go, Rough Guide and Lonely Planet. Photocopy the listings and use them to supplement . As for restaurant listings, I've never used them in any guide book - just stepped outside the lodgings and wandered!
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I'm planning a trip to Italy and didn't even know where to start. I read the reviews here and thought this would be the best book to start with. Well, 5 stars just doesn't do this book justice.
This book contains everything you need to know and more. It starts with a history time line to get you up to speed on what happened and where for those of us who don't remember all of our history lessons. It has pictures of anything and everything you could want to see and more, divided by region and city. It explains the history of the various monuments, ruins, churches, roads, paintings, sculptures, etc. Not to mention, it truly is a beautiful book and has tons of high quality photos. It would be a pleasure to have for this reason alone.
The best things I got out of this book are: knowing where I want to go, and being able to recognize and appreciate what I'll be looking at when I get there. After all, how can you evaluate where you want to go or what you want to see when you don't know what you have to choose from? This is the only book you'll need if you're planning a trip.
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