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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) (July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789484374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789484376
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 1.2 x 19.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,234,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By David Cronshaw on 15 April 2003
Format: Paperback
The top 10 theme works very well. There are the top 10 sights in Rome (eg. Pantheon, Colosseum etc) then there is a top 10 within each of those (ie top 10 sights at the Pantheon) - with full descriptions/details. It works so much better than the usual rambling descriptions you get in guide books. There is a top 10 Roman foods (Saltimbocca at number 1 - v. good) and wines - and numerous other categories. Full of very good photos and plenty of detail. Fun to use and authoritative. The maps were excellent.The book is very handy - fits easily into a pocket. It was preferable to a larger DK Rome guide which a friend happened to bring, in terms of accessing information quickly and easily. I hope they publish a lot more of the top 10 guides!
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By H. Tracey on 3 Aug. 2004
Format: Paperback
Bought this guide as we were going to Rome for only 3 days and thought the more detailed guide would be too comprehensive. This travel guide is good if you only want the very basic information i.e. top places to go (as stated in the title!). Some of the information is a little outdated, (e.g. Vatican Museum closes an hour earlier than stated, also price increases, site closures)which can only be expected from a travel guide which is a couple of years old. The maps are very small and at times difficult to understand (e.g. map of imperial fora and roman forum fails to show a major road running through the centre!) so suggest this book is accompanied by a detailed map! Sites there are difficult to find and identify anyway so the extra pictures in a more detailed guide would have been helpful.
The book doesn't give much history of sites e.g. when built, by whom, so if you want to save money on purchasing all the english translations when you are there, get the more detailed guide. I have bought Dorling Kindersley guides before and they have always been excellent but I think in future I will be buying the more comprehensive guide rather than the top 10.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
perfect for quick trips and even more 25 Mar. 2003
By J. Hill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I recently spent two days in Rome with this book as my only guide and it was perfect. However, you could fill up a much longer trip just with the itineraries and suggestions from this book. I didn't even have time to hit all of the top 10 and there are probably over 50 different important sites recommended, described, and mapped out in this book.
My favorite feature in the book is that in addition to the more general listings of restuarants, there are restaurants grouped by location right with the descriptions of the different sites. So, for example, if you're standing outside the Pantheon, as I did, thinking, hmm, it sure would be nice to get something to eat right about now... There's a list of restuarants in a number of price ranges that are located around the Pantheon, for example. Makes it easy either to plan out days either ahead of time or to make spontaneous decisions.
Personally, I wish I had done a bit more reading and research before I went. The information in this book is not very in depth, as you might expect from a top 10 book. However, there's no need to tote along a history book in your suitcase, and this little book does give surprisingly good overviews and juicy tidbits.
A tiny hint aside from the book, I found that many of the sites in Rome did not take as long to see as I thought. The Collosseum, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, were all surprisingly quick visits, it doesn't take long to appreciate and there isn't a great deal of detail to go into. Of course, this all depends on your tastes. I would have spent longer at the Vatican than I did, taken a couple tours. Also, be advised that the Sistine Chapel keeps weird hours from what I understand, so plan around it. And as for the Forum, or Il Foro Romano, nothing is labeled, and there are no official tours as far as I know, so learn about it beforehand if you want to fully appreciate it. That is my completely off-the-cuff, amateur and unsubstantiated advice. : )
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
An Excellent Choice If You're Looking for One Book to Walk Around With in Rome 11 Feb. 2006
By Jamie MacTavish - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book to walk around with in Rome and it is also a very popular choice. During my recent trip to Rome, I saw many other tourists walking around with this book in their hands. The book is small enough to fit easily in a woman's purse and has a very good and detailed map of the historic centre of the city. There is also a decent but less detailed and less useful map of greater Rome.

Like the other "Top 10" travel guides, "Top 10 Rome" is in the format of top ten lists with related narrative and information for things like tourist sites, hotels, restaurants, etc. The list of top ten tourist sites is followed by lists of the top ten things about each site, and there are maps/diagrams of the Vatican, the Forum, Palatine Hill, and several museums. There are also top ten lists of sites, restaurants, shopping, bars and nightlife for different sections of the city with small maps showing where each place is.

There are top ten lists of "Ancient Sites," "Museums and Galleries," "Squares and Fountains," "Villas and Palaces," "Romantic Spots," "Green Spaces," and "Rome for Children." There are top ten lists for things such as "General Information," "Getting to Rome, "Getting Around Rome," "Eating and Drinking Tips," "Rome on a Budget" and "Things to Avoid." There are eight top ten lists of hotels/places to stay.

There is a top ten list of churches but in Rome you would really need a top twenty-five list of churches. You don't have to worry much about this, however, as most other churches of interest that are not included in the "Top 10 churches" list are included in the top ten lists of sites for different areas of the city, with one noteworthy exception: The book does not mention Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, founded in AD 320, where pieces of Christ's cross and an inscription by Pontius Pilate are on display.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
perfect for quick trips and even more 25 Mar. 2003
By J. Hill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I recently spent two days in Rome with this book as my only guide and it was perfect. However, you could fill up a much longer trip just with the itineraries and suggestions from this book. I didn't even have time to hit all of the top 10 and there are probably over 50 different important sites recommended, described, and mapped out in this book.
My favorite feature in the book is that in addition to the more general listings of restuarants, there are restaurants grouped by location right with the descriptions of the different sites. So, for example, if you're standing outside the Pantheon, as I did, thinking, hmm, it sure would be nice to get something to eat right about now... There's a list of restuarants in a number of price ranges that are located around the Pantheon, for example. Makes it easy either to plan out days either ahead of time or to make spontaneous decisions.
Personally, I wish I had done a bit more reading and research before I went. The information in this book is not very in depth, as you might expect from a top 10 book. However, there's no need to tote along a history book in your suitcase, and this little book does give surprisingly good overviews and juicy tidbits.
A tiny hint aside from the book, I found that many of the sites in Rome did not take as long to see as I thought. The Collosseum, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, were all surprisingly quick visits, it doesn't take long to appreciate and there isn't a great deal of detail to go into. Of course, this all depends on your tastes. I would have spent longer at the Vatican than I did, taken a couple tours. Also, be advised that the Sistine Chapel keeps weird hours from what I understand, so plan around it. And as for the Forum, or Il Foro Romano, nothing is labeled, and there are no official tours as far as I know, so learn about it beforehand if you want to fully appreciate it. That is my completely off-the-cuff, amateur and unsubstantiated advice. : )
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great little on-the-go book 30 April 2007
By Ricardo Amaro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My wife and I love the Top 10 series. We always buy a Frommers or Rick Steves book for the trip's planning, but the Top 10 is a must for the trip itself. It'll fit in a pocket (a long one), and will provide quick and easy references to the most important sights, as well as maps and public transportation routes.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Gave great advice 23 July 2007
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This little book was our bible on a recent trip to Rome. I will always be grateful that DK included San Clemente in their top 10. This amazing little church is like a layer cake of fascinating things to see. The street level is a lovely 12th century church with beautiful floors, columns, and frescoes. Underneath is an excavated 4th century church that includes a frescoe with the first sentence ever written in Italian: "Fili de le pute traite", or "Pull, you sons of whores!" I kid you not. This level also includes the tomb of Saint Cyril, creator of the Cyrillic alphabet, and a wonderful tombstone with a pagan inscription on one side, and on the other, an early Christian inscription -- it was recycled! They have it set up so you can flip it over to see both sides. Finally, the bottom level has ancient ruins, including a Mithraic (pagan) shrine.

The only time the book let us down was its recommendation of Da Augusto, a restaurant in Trastevere. This was their #1 listing under "Cheap Eats" for Trastevere but it was the only unappetizing food we were served in our whole trip.
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