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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Footprint Handbooks; Pocket edition (1 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190347146X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903471463
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 10.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,531,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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...atmospheric black-and-white images add a distinctive touch of sophistication ...plenty of practical information and entertaining history -- The Sunday Times, Books of the Week, January 5, 2003

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The extraordinary nature of Naples is hard to capture. The highest praise I've had about this book came from a Neapolitan, who said that it read as if it was written by a Neapolitan, and that she now uses it to decide where to go out in the city. I hope I've managed to give a taste of the place, as well as pointers to some excellent food, interesting shops, stirring music and extraordinarily unfrequented sights.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Aug. 2004
Format: Paperback
It seems that many people are fearful of Naples' reputation for crime, squalor and chaos, and so use it as little more than a gateway for Capri, Pompeii and the Amalfi coast. Big mistake! Naples is a wonderful city. It is chaotic, no doubt about that. But it is also energetic and easy-going and its medieval street plan is home to surprising architecture, social contrasts, radical politics and the world's best pizzas. You will enjoy it most if you are a lover of city life, as there is nothing suburban or bucolic there. But Naples is an adventure and this little guide will help you get straight into the heart of it.
Having used the Footprints guides for Bologna and Bilbao, we didn't hesitate to buy this one. As with those other guides, the recommendations here are a good mix of the safe and the adventurous. Its suggested itineraries are reliable and it includes both those places where everyone goes and others you would never find without a guide (including, in the Spanish quarter, a trattoria up an alley with no external signs!). And it has the right attitude and tone of voice for the place. It embraces the characteristic Neapolitan anarchy, describing it humorously and with affection.
Two caveats, however.
One, when we were there (June-July 04), this guide was showing signs of age. The prices were not always reliable (for the ferries to Capri for example).
Two - and this is the major one - the maps are frustrating, bordering on inadequate. They do not go very far north or north-west. If you were staying at the hotel Real Orto Botanico on the via Foria, for example, you would be able to see your location near the botanical gardens, but you would have to guess your route into the centre. Similarly, the NW corner of the Spanish Quarter is not covered.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Feb. 2003
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This guide book makes great reading before, during and after a trip to Naples. Detailed information on every aspect of this region of southern Italy and stunning photographs make you keen to get there and experience it all, and set it apart from other formulaic guides. Great ideas for days out plus hints and tips so you feel like you are doing things that not every tourist will be doing. I strongly recommend this book for any length of stay in Naples or just for interesting reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Mar. 2003
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Well researched, great pocket format, a plethora of excellent tips for eating - too many in fact!
Only criticism would be the lack of a street index at the back so you can find addresses listed easily (cf TimeOut) instead of having to scour the map searching for obscure street names. A map & more detailed explanation of the slightly confusing transport system would also have been useful, but was perhaps excluded due to space constraints.
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By A Customer on 4 Dec. 2004
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A very useful little book - packed with information that we were able to use during a short stay in Naples!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
All you need in Naples 4 Mar. 2003
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I bought this book based on my previous experiences with Footprint guides -- I love their South America books -- and it was perfect for my five-day visit to Naples. It provides a well integrated mix of historical and current city info, with useful maps and really stunning photos (though color would be nice; next edition, maybe?).
Plus, it didn't weigh down my bag. Unlike some pocket guides, this one really does fit in your pocket. It's all you need to get around -- no more, no less. I felt totally hooked in to what's going on in Naples -- hopefully they'll add lots more titles to this series.
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