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Italy (Lonely Planet Country Guides) [Paperback]

Damien Simonis , Duncan Garwood , Paula Hardy , Alex Leviton , Josephine Quintero , Miles Roddis , Richard Watkins
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1 Jan 2006 Lonely Planet Country Guides
The market-leading guide to the world's fourth most popular destination offers practical advice and detailed itineraries to make trip planning easy. full color. 169 maps.


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  • Paperback: 924 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 7th Revised edition edition (1 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741043034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741043037
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 14.8 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 595,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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89 of 92 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable... 23 Sep 2003
Format:Paperback
If you're heading off on a tour of Italy, I thoroughly recommend purchasing this book.The book proved invaluable to me, offering useful accomodation information as well as detailed maps of the places I visited.
My journey consisted of a tour of Italy's more famous cities- from Pisa to Florence, on to Rome and Napoli, down to Pompeii and Sorrento, eventually heading north to Venice. For this journey, the book was superb, although I have heared criticisms of the book if you are considering heading further off the beaten track.
All in all, I found this book indispensable while I was in Italy, and thoroughly recommend it to anyone embarking on a city tour of Italy.
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66 of 71 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good - but not exceptional 21 July 2005
Format:Paperback
This is a good guide book, as all the guide books in the series, but I did expect a bit more from it. I travelled around Italy together with my husband the summer of 2005, and we used this guide book a lot. But it is a guide book, nothing more. There are quite a bit of things that have changed since the book was last edited, but this is expected. We are planning to send the findings we did to the editor, so that it can be added or changed in the next edition, perhaps.
We felt that the book focused too much on churches, castles etc, and a lot of really interesting things were missed - like the local food markets, which we love to visit. There wasn't much of "different" or "special" recommendations, it was just focusing on the "What to see if you are a tourist", while what you remember are the things "sticking out". You can only look at so many churches during three weeks...
You could also find that the author(s) recommended one area in the top part of a column, but further down it was the other way around. It was obvious that the text was not written by one person only, but by several, and then compiled into one lump of text. I was aware that several people helped writing the book, and for a guide book I believe that is good, but the texts should be kept separate. Now it became very obvious at times that two people with different opinion had written parts of one text.
These guidebooks do not at all talk about how life is for the locals, if there are any "local speciallities" in regards to food and whine etc. Considering Italy is one of the best food countries in the world, I think this is a pity!
Funny is that we actually managed to end up at one of the hotels that the book recommended, although we didn't plan for it.
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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good General Overview 21 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I found this book to be quite insightful especially when describing the history of a particular place or region. Italy is a varied a vast country which is hard to some up in one book...but this certainly makes a good attempt.
I found it very useful when visiting cities and sourcing food and accommodation. The recommendations were excellent!
V.good with details pertaining to travel ie. trains, buses, planes etc.
Just lacking a little when getting into the ares which are off the beaten track but will give a very good indication of what is on offer when visiting Italy.
I would reccommend to tuck this into your backpack.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Make sure you purchase the latest edition! 28 Jun 2010
By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Italy is a country steeped in ancient culture and, for the most part, it is a combination of that culture - both ancient and modern, the countryside and the people which visitors come to see. As with any foreign country, the visitor needs a guide book - especially one which is so well written it simply exudes ideas about where to go and what to visit. This book really is the only guide you will ever need.

By comparison to other guide books, I found this one far easier to follow. It really is user friendly. Just as France is far more than Paris and the Eiffel Tower, so Italy is also far more than Rome and the Coliseum and this book will give you the broadest possible outline for each of the main towns and cities in addition to the more famous attractions.

In my own case, I am often in some seaport looking for shipwrecks. Whilst the ships themselves are not included, almost all the local facilities are there to be found.

In short; Thoroughly recommended. Just make certain you purchase the latest edition.

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45 of 54 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
Great if you plan on just hitting the cities of Italy-Not so good if you plan on going to the lakes or mountains. Pathetically little information given on the Lakes District.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good old lonely planet 9 Nov 2013
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Having tried different travel books, my preference is for the lonely planet series. I like the writing style, the format and the detail. It is difficult to do justice to any country in any travel book. As I had hoped this book gives enough detail about the key places of interest and useful explanations about the key sites. I use these books for pre-departure preparation. I usually base my itinerary on anthing which piques my interest. This is a good book for that. I have travelled twice to Italy and purchased this book to prepare a third voyage (having not used a book on the first two). The lovely photos and emotive descriptions give you the envy to visit certain places over others, and for me this is the research value of a travel book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very useful book 6 Jan 2010
Format:Paperback
I went to Italy for 9 days alone. Basically I depended on the information in this book. The introduction about the views and the transport is very helpful. Just found an error in the map of Firenza. I tried to look for a square according to the map for 30 minutes, and found out it was signed in the wrong place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lonely Planet Italy
Great book!
Published 5 days ago by elu69
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Guide
Excellent guide for an excellent part of Italy.
Published 1 month ago by Susie Crepe
4.0 out of 5 stars Italy Lonely planet
Just like any another Lonely Planet Bool, plenty of information, directions, descriptions of all sorts, restaurant guide a bit misleading though
Published 5 months ago by Iggymate
5.0 out of 5 stars Italian Summers
I spent a couple of summers in Italy and this book spent them with me. A good insight into some of the more obscure things to do, especially on a small budget. Read more
Published 8 months ago by MISS JENNIFER A BRYCE
5.0 out of 5 stars Lonely Planet - no more
Always a fan of lonely planet books and always will be, always gets you to places of great interest, quirkiness and a bed at the end of the day
Published 17 months ago by R. Yates
5.0 out of 5 stars Really helpful
I've got other LP guides so i knew this would be just as useful as the others. Full of ideas where to go, where to eat and how to travel through and around the country. Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2012 by Katie
3.0 out of 5 stars not a good guide for budget travellers
I bought it in anticipation of finding out best routes and cheap travel, but it turned out to be more expansive. This guide is too basic. Would not reccommend it.
Published on 21 Aug 2011 by Gunbas
4.0 out of 5 stars ITALY FOR YOU, FOR ME
Lonely Planet Country Guide Italy offers best advice of a tucked-away treasure that offers great value for money and welcoming service, there is expert advice, best rate and... Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2011 by JOSEPH SANGMUAH
5.0 out of 5 stars Italy (Lonely Planet Country Guides)
This was bought as a present for family travelling round Italy - they thought it was fab! Got them everywhere they wanted to go easily!
Published on 15 Aug 2011 by Ladywormy
3.0 out of 5 stars Traveller
This book on Italy is very comprehensive and gives a good outline on Italy. However, not surprisingly, it is a book to read at home and not one to be taken on holiday as it is... Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2011 by M. A. Paterson
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