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City Secrets Rome: The Essential Insider's Guide, Revised and Updated Hardcover – July 12, 2011
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The best literary gift to Italian travelers since the Baedeker and Henry James.”
City Secrets Rome is always filled with the kind of information you would get from a friend who had spent years living in the Italian capital After using City Secrets Rome, you’ll never want to go back to the standard guidebook.”
This series shows each city through the eyes of those who know it best taken together, their recommendations provide travelers with the ultimate insider’s tour. They are the hot guide Wonderful keepsakes.”
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This idiosyncratic guide helps jaded visitors see the Eternal City anew.”
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Escape from the crowds and chaos can be a challenge in Rome, but help comes in the form of City Secrets Rome.”
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City Secrets Rome] should be everyone’s pick to supplement any guide more devoted to the travel basics”
an extraordinary resource ”
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Architect Robert Kahn’s City Secrets Rome is full of interesting finds, even for those who know Italy well.”
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The new edition is fatter and slightly bigger than the old one. This is mainly due to a bigger typeface (which is darker too). The new edition is not as beautifully laid out as the old, but geez it is a lot easier to read in all but the very brightest light. So, yes, the new edition is better.
This isn't a book for the first-time visitor to Rome. There are no illustrations--just some maps of neighborhoods. This is a volume for Rome-lovers, people who already know something of the city and who are eager to learn more. Although the book covers all the great monuments of Rome, the emphasis is on unusual or overlooked aspects of those monuments, and on places you'd never find on your own. There are also restaurant recommendations, none of which are "tourist traps," and although a few entries suggest interesting, unusual shops, shopping isn't a major focus here: art and architecture is.
The editor divided the book into 12 sections, corresponding to 11 regions of the city, plus a final chapter on the outskirts and a few sites short distances outside of Rome. In each, you'll find entries varying in length from barely more than a sentence up to 3 or 4 pages, but the length isn't dependent on the importance or popularity of the monument. Instead, it depends on the individual insights and suggestions of the author of each entry. A few are a bit too academic, like this one: "Considered the shifting point from Renaissance to Baroque, Campidoglio-- Michelangelo's landscape intervention--is a geometric organization of topography that articulates exterior space with the same precision as an interior condition." Huh???Read more ›
quite excellent tho quite insufficient. i wouldve liked more commentaries about more places and sites. they don't cover all of rome, just the histroical center, and actually cover only a smal part of each neighborhood.
nonetheless, as an american who has lived in Rome for over 40 years i did learn some wonderful things.
for instance i learned that on Pentecost rose petals are dropped thru the oculus in the pantheon creating a most magical environment. yet no one mentioned that on April21, rome's birthday, the sun emerges from inside the pantheon lighting up the entrance. as the entrance is on the north side it is always in shadow. but the marvels of the pantheon's architecture are such that the sun which shines thru the oculus actually shines out the front on april 21 where it was encountered by the emperor hadrian who on this day the birth of rome would meet the sun in the pantheon.
And the restaurant recommendations led us to eat one of the best meals ever in Trastevere.
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Intimate insights from others who have had a deep personal experience in the eternal city.Published 11 months ago by douglas ribeca
Best guide to Rome. Felt like erudite guide on day off.Published 18 months ago by Jeffery S Smith MD
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This was a gift for a friend going to Rome and she said it was an excellent guide and very interesting.Published on January 11, 2014 by edeaton
an interesting but very quirky book. I learned about a very special palace because one of the contributors really liked it.Published on November 22, 2013 by Marjorie Magid
After many short visits to Rome, I finally had the opportunity to spend some quality time there. This book was invaluable in the planning process and interesting in the variety of... Read morePublished on October 22, 2013 by J. Pruett