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Rome (Lonely Planet City Guides) Paperback – 1 Feb 2008

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  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 5th Revised edition edition (1 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741046599
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741046595
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13.2 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 680,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Used this guide while in the city and was as acurate as it could possibly be. Highlighted the walks on the accompanying map and never made a wrong turn saved so much time and managed to see all the highlights and lots more during our 3 nights in the city would recommend lonely planet again We stayed in the Trastevere area and would have got so lost without it Thank you lonely planet
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I love this series of books to give you a more in depth look into where you are visiting. Had borrowed the Berlin version from a library and loved it so much bought the Rome version for my trip and learned so much. Good to look through at the end of each day in the city to remind yourself what you've seen and learnt. Highly recommended.
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Just back from Rome after using this guide. Its an excellent guide with great tips on queing, points of interest, suggestions for walking tours and map. The only disadvantage was that I lost the map as it not attached to the book
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I have just come back from Rome and whilst there I used the Rough Guide to navigate the city. Excellent for suggestions for places to visit, hotels, restaurants, cafes and of course gelaterias (ice cream palours - make sure that you visit at least one a day in Rome, they're fabulous!) The map was invaluable for getting around Rome. Top tip: If you can, before you leave for Rome - try and pre-book a Roma Pass (you can buy these for about £25 online or from Tourist Information booths in Rome). Me and my friend collected our Roma Passes immediately after arriving in Rome; we had access to museums/attractions (either free or at a discounted price), access to buses, trams and also the Metro. The Metro is easy to navigate, just like the London Underground, but less busy, a tad cleaner and running just a couple of routes through Rome. From this book we visited a couple of "out of the way" places: Gallery of Modern Art and Bascilia di San Clemente among others, it was these places that made our trip memorable, as well as the obvious Colosseum, Vatican and also the Pantheon - (we got kicked out of the Pantheon so the choir could rehearse). Another tip: try to go to Rome out of season to avoid been carried away by the vast amount of tourists - particularly tour groups - that way you can see these major sites better and appreciate these famous attractions more. The sites of Rome are beautiful, but you can find the tour groups a bit overwhelming. (Myself and my friend had to convince a leader of a Tour Group that we were not actually part of her group, she was quite angry at the time). Anyhow, Rome is beautiful. In short, go out of season, have a Roma Pass and use the Rough Guide to help you to get around this elegant city and discover its hidden gems! Enjoy!
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Bought this guide largely on the basis of having borrowed an earlier edition from a friend and wanted the most up-to-date version. The Lonely Planet Guide to Rome certainly provides a full account of what to do / see in the City and we found it really helpful in deciding where to go on our first visit there. It also give plenty of historical and other context for the various sites, rather than just describing what they are like now. If there's a complaint, it's that the book is a bit too bulky to take with you on your trips out into the city. Also, compared to the earlier edition, there are fewer photos that illustrate the actual entries themselves. As this edition was publshed in Feb 2008, inevitably it is already out of date; for example, the book says that advance tickets can't be booked for the Vatican Museums, but we booked them on-line before setting off and walked straight in past the queues (and 30 minutes ahead of our alloted slot!). All in all, though, this is an excellent guide book and will help you plan and enjoy your stay in Rome.
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Really a very good book. I was surprised by how thick it was, they've crammed so much into the book that you could spend a month doing everything that they suggest.

It's no substitute for getting the audio guides in e.g. the vatican or the pantheon but then I don't think it's intended to be. Having said that it does give some very detailed guides to St Peters whilst at the same time includes such gems as the location of the famous key hole in Southern Rome that you can look through and get a perfect view of St Peters - something which I thought was only known to locals!

The map is, as I say,not 100% accurate - the area around Termini is a little muddled, but after I'd clocked that I managed to get myself on the right road. Other than that, I used the map constantly. It's only a normal paper map and so you might want to cover it in some sticky plastic or something to make it more durable as you will use it incessantly! Mine is a little tatty and dog eared after a 4 day trip!

Having looked at a few of the other guide books around, I think this is one of the best if you want the full gamut of information - e.g. breadth rather than depth (e.g. I find the Dorling Kindersley books too grown up and although their detailed sections are fab, they don't always give me information about as many of the sights as this does.)

Highly highly recommended.
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