From the Back Cover
Spend Less and See More in Italy Are You Ready to Travel Smart? If you′d like to get the most out of your dollar and your trip, this is the guide for you. I put a fresh spin on budget travel, showing you how to see the best for less and how to see it in a more authentic way—the way the locals do. Instead of spending $300 a night for a chain hotel, why not stay in a light–filled apartment in Rome′s historical Trastevere neighborhood from just $125 or in one of Italy′s monasteries for as little as $35? Or how about enjoying a plate of hearty appetizers at Venice′s Cantino do Mori, so you can splurge on Paolo Senni′s tagliata di fesa di vitella at Cane & Gato in Sienna? Let me show you the "other" Italy—the one only insiders know about. Take a one–day paper marbling class in Venice or learn to cook the perfect rag? in Bologna. These are only a few of the great ways to get closer to the culture of Italy. Read on for more! Happy Travels, Pauline Frommer www.frommers.com/pauline
About the Author
Born, bred, and living in South Africa, Keith Bain holds a doctorate in contemporary cinema studies. He has enjoyed such diverse activities as stage acting, skydiving, trance–partying, and bungee–jumping (although the latter, only once). He is passionate about travel, and when he’s not exploring the world in search of social and cultural adventure, he lectures at a film school in Johannesburg. Keith is a co–author of Frommer’s India and is a contributor to the most recent edition of Frommer’s South Africa. Reid Bramblett is the author of 10 guidebooks––7 of them to Italy, where he has lived on and off since the age of 11. He writes the weekly “The Intrepid Traveler” adventure column and is a contributing editor to Budget Travel magazine and Concierge. com. A Philadelphia native, he now lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he maintains the award–winning Reidsguides.com, recommended by CNN, USA Today, and National Geographic Traveler. Pippa de Bruyn is an award–winning journalist, seasoned travel writer (author of Frommer’s South Africa and Frommer’s India ), and oenophile (contributor to John Platter’s South African Wine Guide ). Her toughest assignment? Trying to fit the sybaritic pleasures of the Italian Riviera into 35 pages. Bill Fink is a freelance writer based in San Francisco, covering topics ranging from trash–dump volleyball in Burma to helicopter–skiing in Nevada. His writing appears regularly in the San Francisco Chronicle and other publications, including Travelers’ Tales Guides 30 Days in Italy and The Best Travel Writing 2006. American freelance writer Barbie Latza Nadeau has been based in Rome since 1996. She writes for a variety of publications including Newsweek, Budget Travel, and the World Monument Fund’s ICON.