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on 20 January 2014
We have used LP Guides for a number of years. Sadly the quality seems to be declining and this is a perfect example. The authors seem to be interested only in churches and art galleries (ABC - "Another bloody cathedral"). We are interested in some churches and some galleries, but not to the exclusion of all else.
Our interests also include, for example, gardens and archaeology. So where is the reference to the Giardino Giusti in Verona (Wikipedia calls them "... some of the most beautiful Renaissance gardens in Europe", a view with which I agree), or the Roman Capitoleum and other Roman remains in Brescia, and even the castle in Brescia which dominates the town and contains significant museums (Go there and you seriously cannot get away from it! It is on a hill so big there is a tunnel through the middle of it). Sadly we learned of the museums from other sources but could not check times and they were closed on the days we were there.
In all we visited 8 cities in northern Italy and the Guide rarely failed to disappoint, not with the quality of the information given, but the information that was missing because of the bias to art galleries and churches in everything written.
Don't misunderstand, I do visit art galleries and Italy has many artistic wonders, but I do not expect this to exclude all other aspects of Italian life. Please LP stop employing art historians to write your reviews and get back to your base audience of travellers with an interest in the country. And please make sure the authors visit the places they write about and do not just regurgitate publicity. And please try to improve the maps; many are poor at best.