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- Publisher: Fodor's; Fol Pap/Ma edition (30 Sept. 2014)
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- Language: English
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Fodor's Guide is that handbook. Since Italy is an absolute riot of history, art, food, drink, music, geography, architecture and people, only a comprehensive book like Fodor's is really sufficient. A selective guide (such as a Rick Steves) is going to have too many gaps, and is going to leave some people unsatisfied. The Fodor's Guide touches everywhere in the country, with emphasis on the places where it's obvious. Venice? Got it. Rome? Check. Florence? You betcha. But the nice thing about the book is that it fills in the spaces between these great cities too. There's good coverage of more provincial places like Perugia, Assisi, Orvieto and San Gimignano, to name just a very few.
Most of the new Fodor Guides are good, but this one is made especially good by engaging writing, careful selection of the best listings with clear recommendations, and meaningful historical and cultural contexts. The writers give a good introduction to the country, which is exceptionally important when approaching Italy for the first time. The culture is a challenging juxtaposition of profound sincerity with light, ironic humor that can elude even the most seasoned traveler. Without a good introduction, like the one provided here, Italy can become overwhelming, demanding and frustrating very easily. Read this book to get your head around it all, then go out for some semi-directed wandering and let it sink in. Don't try to do it all. You'll end up with a sense of detachment and an intense headache. Take your time. Be selective, and slow down.