This 288-page book - the 4th (print) edition of January 2013 - is an interesting and readable guide to the Italian west-coast city of Naples and its adjacent coastline. This is a well-designed and presented guide, with useful maps. This is not a glossy guide with lots of colour pictures, but it is a well-designed and laid out guide, with colour used primarily in the introductory section. It is intended to be a meaningful guide to things to see and do, and not just a list of things to see and do.
It is broken down into four major sections:
Page 2 - Plan Your Trip: This section is an introduction to Naples and the Amalfi Coast, with features on what to look out for (Top 10 Experiences), what you need to know in advance, and all the important touristy stuff.
Page 33 - On the Road (“The Guide”): P034: Naples P106: The Islands P140: The Amalfi Coast P175: Salerno & the Cilento P194: Accommodation
Page 215 - Understand This section contains articles on local culture, cuisine, history, arts & architecture, organised crime, etc.
Page 257 - Survival Guide: This section contains the A-Z Directory, features on transport, language, the Index, etc.
Having trawled through the various guide books available for this area of Italy I decided on the Lonely Planet version and I wasn't let down. Although this guide is not printed on glossy paper and there aren't many fancy maps it contained lots of useful information and tips. A very worthwhile purchase.
this is a useful little book for planning a trip / guiding you around in Naples and surrounding area. I found it a little lazy in places and there are improvements that could be made; for example...I would have liked to have the info on getting to destinations from the airport other than central Naples. There is a bus that goes from the airport direct to Salerno that I discovered by Googling "airport transport Napoli" so it is a bit slack of them not to have picked up on that. Good for general info and planning where to go (if not how) tho