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Milan (Lonely Planet Encounter Guides) [Paperback]

Donna Wheeler
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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1 Jan 2009 Lonely Planet Encounter Guides
Neighbourhood structure helps travellers navigate the city more easily from the racks of the Quadrilatero d'Oro to the bars of Navigli. From the curators at Trussardi and Biccoca to business suits and nobel-prize winner Dario Fo, you get to know and love Milan as the locals do. This title offers indepth knowledge from our Italophile author, the Italian Tourist Board and our Italian partners.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 1st edition edition (1 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741049946
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741049947
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 10.7 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Useless 20 May 2012
Any useful information is buried under an avalanche of cliches. Street-wear retailers scream youth-quake. There is a mixture of sacred an secular in the leafy streets, etc etc etc. I suspect all this hyperbole is to save the author the trouble of doing real work. I have lived in Milan for a month now, and got next to nothing from this "guide".
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing purchase 23 Oct 2008
By AChir
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this for a two day break in Milan having previously used a number of the similarly-sized Dorling Kindersley Top Ten guides (Venice (Eyewitness Top Ten Travel Guide), for example) for other cities. The Best of Milan book had some useful maps although many road names are missing, even where there is actually room for them.

When we reached the Duomo, other than recommending a visit to the roof (which I'd endorse) we realised that there was nothing to suggest what to look for within the cathedral. We even went to the American bookstore (not listed in the guide though five Italian bookstores are mentioned) to find an alterantive guidebook. This one was way too minimalist. It is witty in places, but that wit seems to have ousted detail which would have been useful.

Some of the food recommendations are good. However, we took the recommendation of one of the "budget" hotels (still 100 euros a night in October); the noise and the smell from the drains (despite the good location of the hotel) made this a very bad plan.

The biggest issue to me was that the information about the sights is confined to 11 pages (11 to 20), something you can't tell when you order online. The book may work better for those interested in shopping, but if you want to see the sights, I'd try something else - perhaps Milan and the Lakes (Eyewitness Top Ten Travel Guide).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good orientation 12 Dec 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Clearly fulfilled what we were expecting: a direct and simple guide to take us through some Milan's secrets. That's it
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lonely Guide for Great City 28 Oct 2012
By AndyP23
I was hoping this would be as good as the original Lonely Planet Guide, unfortunatly is wasn't. It has the main highlights but not the short walks / guides around the smaller areas I have read and used in other Lonely Planet guides. Milan is easy to find your way around and a fun easy place !
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