Rome (AA Spiral Guides) Spiral-bound – 28 Feb 2008
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The street maps of the city are clear, however we had a real problem finding the sights mentioned in the text on the map as they are not grid referenced. The Spiral Guide was very good for finding things to do, but we were glad to have a second guide book (Lonely Planet's Rome Condensed) with which to look up their locations.
Also, some of the information given was seemingly inaccurate and sent us on a few wild goose chases; for example a "vegetarian" restaurant a little way from the Spanish Steps was anything but, and we wasted ages trekking to look for a gate whose keyhole would supposedly give us an amazing view...if we found the right one it was a definite waste of time!
That's not to say the book doesn't have some useful tips on what to see, and it hasn't stopped me buying more in the same series - it's just that we encountered several flaws with this particular edition.
We mainly used this book to search out the must sees, and tended to stumble around the rest of the city ourselves. I think really it was a case of Rome being so amazing that we just kept finding things to see without needing a guide book. For a general overview this book is excellent, however we found it impossible to find many of the places mentioned on the maps and this is a major issue.
The guide's strength is its perfect balance of concise detail. Thoroughly recommended.
First off, you now pay into the Forum - the book suggests that entrance is free and that you only need pay into the Palatine. Granted the Forum charge covers the Palatine but it is still a glaring error. Secondly, although a small map of the vast Forum area is supplied, it is very poorly labelled and lacks any useful detail - this is one of the major sites in ancient Rome and merits a lot more information.
I gave up using the 'Where To Eat' guides after wasting huge amounts of time trying to find two different restaurants which either never existed, have shut down since reviewed, or the addresses given were wrong (and remember the book was supposedly updated in 2008).
Finally the book completely fails to mention two 'must see' places - the excavations (Scavi) under St Peter's Basilica and Santa Croce in Gerusalemme.
A guide which promised a lot, but failed to deliver when it mattered. Not recommended.
They fit into a handbag or even pocket!Rome (AA Spiral Guides)
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I was very satisfied with the purchase but not enough for 5star rating and the book was in good condition.Published on 27 April 2014 by valerie smith
Very pleased, just like new. The spiral backing makes it ideal, good size, from recommended series. I would recommend this.Published on 5 Feb. 2014 by Diana Lloyd
We have been a fan of the AA spiral guides for many years and this is no different.Published on 20 Mar. 2010 by G. Spalding
Yes, the spiral binding is great, but opening hours of some sites are wrong. Directions to many interesting sites lack clarity. Read morePublished on 19 Sept. 2001