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