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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and original, 5 Feb 2001
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This review is from: City Secrets: Rome (Hardcover)
This is not a stand-alone guide to Rome, for you won't find any practical travel information (though it should be said that the information given on restaurants and the dishes they serve is already reason enough to buy this book!). Rather is it a perfect adjunct to other travel guides. The concept is highly original and clever: the reader is presented not with one but many insiders' views, opinions and recommendations. This results in a kaliedoscope image of the Eternal City. Moreover, this book offers one the perfect opportunity to discover Roman charms off the beaten track. A wonderful book for anyone who wants to get to know Rome itself, and not just see the Colosseum and the Trevi fountain.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for adding to your visit to Rome, 2 Jun 2003
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I bought this about a week before leaving for the Eternal City. It was a useful week as I made notes on all the places I wanted to visit.
I am pleased to say that I have a good knowledge of Rome. In my case this book added some real gems to my visit. Great places to stop and have an ice cream, coffee, evening meal. Plus some great places to sit down and have a read.
Of course, other guide books have these but this little book takes you off the beaten track. Not so much that a Roman novice would get lost, but just enough to take you away from the tourists.
the book is very much geared towards little gems hidden within easy walking distance from them.
In summary, first time Romans will enjoy seeing the places that Romans usually keep to themselves. Experienced visitors to Rome will discover what other jewels are speckled around the city.
In either case, this book will greatly enhance your enjoyment of an already incredible city.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the only book to take to Rome, 8 Jun 2007
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This review is from: City Secrets: Rome (Hardcover)
Ditch all those boring guide books and take this little gem with you. It will take you to all those hidden restaurants that only the locals seem to know about and point out the details that make any historic city fascinating ( and that you might otherwise miss)

There are some out of date entries however ( like the english langauge cinema in Trastevere) so do what I did - have a map marked up with interesting restaurants, gelaterias and cafes and then hop from one to the other as you pass the major sights!
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5.0 out of 5 stars hardly dates - like the monuments it describes, 2 Feb 2010
This review is from: City Secrets: Rome (Hardcover)
I took this book with me to Rome in the Summer of 2009 where I spent an entire month going through the vast majority of this book. Although it was almost a decade since this book was published, the book has not dated because the contents is focused on monuments, galleries, museums that are noteworthy and permanent; and it is an extremely good narrative for most of the permanent exhibitions you are likely to encounter (e.g. Galleria Borghese). It describes the architectural gems of churches you would otherwise easily miss; artwork/sculpture held in otherwise parochially insignificant (from the outside) churches, or museums you would otherwise not be aware that existed, and the book has experts in their field write about their favourite parts of Rome to wonderful effect. The quality of writing in this book is something that I have not managed to find in other guides so far. The layout of the book is also fantastic as it breaks the city down by district/area and plots all the points of interest on section maps so you can tour a section of the city at ease. I really carried this book everywhere with me for a whole month (it's also a nice size) whilst I barely got out my Lonely Planet "Italy" guide from my suitcase (I only looked at the Lonely Planet as a reference for other things to do in Italy) and whenever I ended up going somewhere with friends and wanted to 'branch out' else where, the handy 'district' maps really helped show you what else you could do/see around that area.

Things the book does not do:
If you're looking for a book to tell you which trendy hotels/lodges to stay in, which nightclubs to frequent, which bars to find fellow tourists in and which celebrity endorsed restaurants to go to, then this is probably not your book (though this book does list more refined/'classic' institutions such as Geletarias, a place to buy the best coffee in Rome, etc). Rome being the city it is, you can find out those pretty "current, hip and happening" things on the internet or when you get there (by asking the other 'travellers' around at your hostel), or by buying your average lonely planet/rough guide book (though I did not actually make use of my lonely planet guidebook). However, I would assume Rome is not a city you would go to specifically for those things anyway (and also bear in mind that nightclubs are largely shut in the city during the summer months as they migrate to the sea/countryside). This book does make reference to excellent restaurants/cafes that are for the most part still in business 9-10 years after this guide was published, but by all means (and I think it's been mentioned) google the venue if you have a specific eatery you want to dine at to avoid disappointment. Else, there are plenty of other excellent places you can stroll-along randomly and find, because it is Italy and on the whole if you use some common sense you will find somewhere that is excellent (Or as they say too often: Do as the Romans do). The only other item you may need if you're not a big fan of walking (and Rome really is a walkable city), is a map (you can purchase at a bookstore in Rome) with the bus/tram-routes plotted on (but Lonely Planet also fails on this front). Buon Viaggio!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars City Secrets Rome, 17 April 2009
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A fabulous little book. Don't go to Rome without it!
Full of secret places to visit off the well-worn track and also beautifully made. It has an antique appearance and thoughtfully comes with two page markers - handy for marking a page with a map and also another with direstions.It is also the perfect size to fit in your bag - not one of these huge tomes that you would willingly bin after lugging it round a city tour on foot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars blinding, 17 Feb 2013
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if you are revisiting Rome then this is the guidebook for you. It is a wonderful list of the "B" list of Rome sites although because it is Rome they would be AAA+++ anywhere else. I visited half of the places listed and was utterly gobsmacked by them all. In an age of mass tourism there is no joy to be had in queuing 45 minutes for the lady's loo in Versailles and the serious traveller will capture many happy memories of Rome with this modest purchase. Strongly recommended. It is stupid to pay all that money to go to Rome and miss out on the exquisite places in this book ..
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