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4.0 out of 5 stars Good writing gets carried away, 16 April 2011
This review is from: The Rough Guide to the Italian Lakes (Paperback)
This guide is the best guide to the Italian Lakes that I've seen. I know this area well and feel it's writing on Maggiore and Como is accurate, readable and captures the beauty of these two places well. I wasn't disappointed by any of the recommendations. It's almost as if the writers got bored with this when it comes to Garda and Iseo. Like other reviewers I'm a bit puzzled at the treatment of Lake Garda - admittedly it's worth saying it can get very busy but Malcesine isn't 'ruined' by tourism - just wrong. The writers should remember that Lake Garda is for many the first introduction into the region - don't put them off beautiful places! On a recent trip to Lake Iseo I found the Lonely Planet Guide much more accurate. I've never seen a more untouristy place than the 'very touristy' Iseo town - the place is lovely but you wouldn't know it from this book. That said, I think cafe/restaurant tips are always accurate in this guide - often what makes your holiday. Like others a few more photos and maps would help. I would fully recommend this book if you're visiting the western lakes but perhaps look for elsewhere for Lake Garda or Iseo.
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