The Companion Guide to Sicily (Companion Guides) Paperback – 29 Apr 1999
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Informative, entertaining, even leisurely, combining the best of essential knowledge with an agreeable personal touch... A model guide, with ... all the excitement of discovery and the deeper pleasures of long familiarity THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT This is the guidebook that the fascinating island of Sicily richly deserves... I urge you to go and see for yourself the extraordinary beauty of the island with a copy of this book to hand COUNTRY LIFE I value the traditional virtues of the Companion Guides... actually written by an individual rather than packaged by production teams... straightforward intelligent guides to cultural sites BOOKSELLER (Douglas Schatz) (Trevelyan is) an ideal guide to the island, knowledgeable, courteous and eloquent... A generation ago Hugh Honour and Georgina Masson wrote classic companion guides to Venice and Rome respectively. Trevelyan's delightful volume is of the same high calibre TABLET The title is right: Raleigh Trevelyan is indeed a most companionable guide...do pack it SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
About the Author
Raleigh Trevelyan's books include several on Italian themes, notably "Princes under the Volcano" and two outstanding books about the Second World War in Italy: "The Fortress: A Diary of Anzio and After" and "Rome 1944: The Battle for the Eternal City". --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Maybe I'm being a little unfair - some people would say that many guide books are going to be that way, but this book left me cold when I don't so often find that. I don't want to go against the good condensing in the editing in itself, it is something, for me the main thing in the book, to value also.
I've only given this book 2 stars out of 5 because, unless you're "doing" most of the island or a lot of the island - you will have paid twice the price of other guide books for no pictures, reasonable mundaneness in writing, and actually, the worst thing about this book, little information for your trip.
I was very surprised about the last part. The information on Palermo is something I suppose worth buying the book for but only if you don't mind the inflated price. I was very surprised that there was so little information on each little part of the island because the book is probably the thickest guide book you will find. How does it happen?Read more ›
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I highly recommend it for first time visitors as well return visiters. I found it to be the best guide to Sicily's diamonds in the rough as well as the more frequented package-tour sites. The author knows the heart and soul of the island. Buy it and take it along. You will thank the author and yourself for being so astute.