3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great guidebook to the region for sightseeing - more on Milan than the lakes though,
This review is from: DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: Milan & the Lakes (Paperback)
My current favourite brand of guidebook, the Eyewitness Top 10 series are really well conceived and designed guides. This guide, as with their other top 10 guides, isn't enough to plan an entire holiday with - but that's not the point of them. They fit the purpose they are meant for perfectly - as handy, easy to carry guides to particular regions, that pull out the main highlights and give bite-size information. They won't tell you the comprehensive history of everything, but they do fit in your handbag!
The format is the same as in the rest of the series. The book is slim and narrow, perfect to slip in a small bag or a large pocket. There is a strong, wipe-clean cover that stands up to the rigours of everyday travel, with easy to read colour fold out maps. These are the same strong stuff as the cover. They're not the biggest or most detailed out there, but they won't get dog eared and don't need any specialist origami skills to control, and won't dissolve in a rain storm either! The pages are also a good quality paper.
The guide is full of colour photos throughout and relevant information is easy to find. The photos make it a pleasurable book to read and also helpful in identifying what you're looking for. The guide is the most useful in the city, whereas the more rural settings of the lakes perhaps don't lend themselves so well to this format. If you want to do walking in the region, you would need a specific walking guide as well or instead. The selected highlights tend more towards the towns and cities than the wonders of nature. If your holiday is to focus purely on the natural aspects of the region, it may not be the best guide for you. It's probably more of a sight-seers guide. But if you plan even a couple of sight-seeing days, it would be worth packing.
It includes a really helpful two pages on the famous 'Last Supper' painting that is found in Milan, including the top ten things to look out for on it. If you can't bear/can't hear audioguides (like me) you will find this indispensable during your allotted fifteen minutes with the picture. There are also detailed breakdowns of the highlights of Milan's cathedral and of its historic centre, the Pinacoteca di Brera and Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, and the Castello Sforzesco and Sant'Ambrogio. The four non-Milanese highlights with their own double page spreads are Bergamo, Isole Borromee, Certosa di Pavia, and Mantua.
I'd highly recommend this guidebook to anyone visiting the region and planning to do sightseeing, particularly in Milan itself. If your trip is focussed purely on the lakes and your interest is more in relaxation or outdoor pursuits, it may not be the best choice.