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Naples (Footprint Pocket Handbooks) Paperback – 1 Oct 2002
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...atmospheric black-and-white images add a distinctive touch of sophistication ...plenty of practical information and entertaining history -- The Sunday Times, Books of the Week, January 5, 2003
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The extraordinary nature of Naples is hard to capture. The highest praise I've had about this book came from a Neapolitan, who said that it read as if it was written by a Neapolitan, and that she now uses it to decide where to go out in the city. I hope I've managed to give a taste of the place, as well as pointers to some excellent food, interesting shops, stirring music and extraordinarily unfrequented sights.See all Product Description
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Having used the Footprints guides for Bologna and Bilbao, we didn't hesitate to buy this one. As with those other guides, the recommendations here are a good mix of the safe and the adventurous. Its suggested itineraries are reliable and it includes both those places where everyone goes and others you would never find without a guide (including, in the Spanish quarter, a trattoria up an alley with no external signs!). And it has the right attitude and tone of voice for the place. It embraces the characteristic Neapolitan anarchy, describing it humorously and with affection.
Two caveats, however.
One, when we were there (June-July 04), this guide was showing signs of age. The prices were not always reliable (for the ferries to Capri for example).
Two - and this is the major one - the maps are frustrating, bordering on inadequate. They do not go very far north or north-west. If you were staying at the hotel Real Orto Botanico on the via Foria, for example, you would be able to see your location near the botanical gardens, but you would have to guess your route into the centre. Similarly, the NW corner of the Spanish Quarter is not covered.Read more ›
Only criticism would be the lack of a street index at the back so you can find addresses listed easily (cf TimeOut) instead of having to scour the map searching for obscure street names. A map & more detailed explanation of the slightly confusing transport system would also have been useful, but was perhaps excluded due to space constraints.
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Plus, it didn't weigh down my bag. Unlike some pocket guides, this one really does fit in your pocket. It's all you need to get around -- no more, no less. I felt totally hooked in to what's going on in Naples -- hopefully they'll add lots more titles to this series.