The Rough Guide to Sardinia Paperback – 1 Jun 2010
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Rob Andrews lived in Italy for six years and is co-author of The Rough Guide to Sicily. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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The RG makesSardinia sound like a drab, dispiriting place. We were there in mid-April2004 during unseasonably bad weather, and even the most Godforsaken townsin the interior in rainstorms were not as bleak as the RG makes Sardiniasound.
That said, the RG's basic information is sound, even if the prices in lireare very outdated. The cultural contexts are as valuable as you'd expectfrom the RG series (which I've been a devotee of for a decade) and it'sobviously well-researched. So it's not totally dreadful - just notanywhere near as good as the Cadogan guide. The Cadogan's writers are somuch more enthusiastic - not in a cheesy, 'everything is wonderful' way,but they are a breath of fresh air compared to the RG, their style islighter, their excitement at the mysteries and wonders of Sardiniapalpable.
Buy the RG as a second guide, an extra voice, and it's fine.But if you only buy one guide to Sardinia, we found the Cadogan so muchmore rewarding, even for travellers on a budget (we rented a cheap car andstayed in agriturismi and small hotels, so it's not like we're luxurytravellers turning our noses up at the Rough Guide).
It is not the most exciting book to read but I found it an excellent 'handbook' to Sardinia and its town centre maps an essential accompaniment to the more local not-so-helpful general tourist information. I felt it gave a varied and honest review of the different aspects to the country, its landscape, culture, food, facilities and people. Without being boring, it covers the practicalities and necessities of travelling, emphasising what is particularly relevant for Sardinia. There is also a handy language section at the back with some basic phrases, signs and lists of food for those who don't speak a word of Italian!
Some of the information about restaurants, camping facilities, tourist centre opening times and prices were slightly out of date or inaccurate but this is to be expected and was nothing to cause great distress or ruin its usefulness.
I would certainly suggest reading the introduction to and basics about Sardinia before going and then using the 'area guides' whilst out there. I recommend taking a detailed and comprehensive Map of Sardinia to accompany the guide book and a phrase book/dictionary if you want to make a proper go at communicating (my main mistake this time).
My only real criticism of the book is it suggests that going in August is a big no-no due to prices, temperature and extreme crowds.Read more ›
There were no real descriptions of an area, or a restaurant or an hotel's atmosphere, useful facts such as addresses and phone numbers and general costs were provided.
I have resorted to contacting the Italian Tourist board for details. I am sure that there are more details in the guide than I am giving credit for, but it feels like a laborious process to discover them.
I had been looking forward to my visit, but now feel rather disappointed with my choice of destination, I hope I will be pleasantly surprised.
i tend to use time out guides for cities and rough guides for countries & islands. the RG to Sardinia was great for finding those beautiful undiscovered beaches and excellent restaurants full of locals.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As I couldn`t find a guide book that only covered the northern region decided on this one. Quite informative and extremely helpful if your touring Sardinia. Read morePublished on 11 Oct. 2013 by Diane
Would really recommend this book for people travelling to Sardinia. Had some useful tips. Sometimes the comments about certain areas were a little jaded, but still found it... Read morePublished on 28 Sept. 2012 by Sharon
Took on recent trip with the DK Eyewitness guide. Together they worked well enough but I wouldn't recommend either on their own. Read morePublished on 15 July 2012 by DaisyBelle
We found this guide very useful for our visit to southern Sardinia. As ever, with Rough Guides, there was a good variety of material - covering the obscure as well as better-known... Read morePublished on 18 Sept. 2006 by Berkshire Bookworm
I have to disagree with the previous reviewers; I thought this a rather well written and informative guide to Sardinia. Read morePublished on 29 Aug. 2002