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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Rome Paperback – March 19, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: EYEWITNESS TRAVEL GUIDE
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: DK Travel; Pap/Map Re edition (March 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756684129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756684129
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love DK Eyewitness Travel Guides.
Jeanine Childs
Rome is full of small streets that change names often at intersections so a good map is essential in Rome.
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This book is very thorough and concise.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By James Kunz on July 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've come to the conclusion that if you're the type of person who actively plans trips and has an idea of at least some of the things you want to do, there is no better guide for a city expedition than Eyewitness.

Let me explain a bit what I mean. If you're looking for a guide that actively prescribes what you should do, telling you which sites are overrated and which ones are worth the time, *this is not the guidebook for you*. That's not what Eyewitness really wants to do. With the exception of a "Four Great Days in Rome" itinerary in the beginning and some guided walks in the end, they don't bother with it at all. So if that's the kind of book you want, buy Rick Steves or Frommers.

But if you have some idea of what you want to do in Rome, then buy this book. It gives incredible amounts of detail on every museum and site. If you're bored on the metro or a bus, you can easily pass the time just by reading this book. It's that good. Moreover, its illustrations are gloriously rich in detail and its pictures in full color. This not only has aesthetic pleasure, but also helps identify sites when you find them. Furthermore, the book has a whole lot of practical information about getting around the city, as well as some good info on Rome's history.

The other terrific aspect of this guide (and all Eyewitness guides that I have seen) is how good the maps are. Not only do you get a full-size pull out city map, you also get the much more useful city index and street finder: 12 pages of detailed, intricate maps with a handy grid reference. Need to find the Ara Pacis? A simple look at the index reveals it's on Map 4, Section F2. I can't stress how useful this is over the course of a long trip.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By World Traveler on July 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
I love all of the Eyewitness Travel guides. The Rome book has very comprehensive guides for shopping, restaurants and attractions. I thought the maps were especially helpful. There is a large pull-out map and more detailed maps by area. Details in the guide refer to the maps so you can more easily find things. Rome is full of small streets that change names often at intersections so a good map is essential in Rome. I like the pictures of every attraction in the guide although with so much to see in Rome it is a bit overwhelming. I appreciated the stars on the attraction maps indicating which are the key items to view. It helps to narrow the choices. My only complaint is that it was a little challenging to find the gelaterias from their lists of these essential stops in Rome!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lolita Browning on May 31, 2012
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Great book that was very helpful deciding where to go in Rome, especially with limited time. Worth purchasing, has a map that tears out
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeanine Childs on February 16, 2013
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I love DK Eyewitness Travel Guides. They are beautiful, full color, well-written and lots of photos, diagrams, maps, etc. I use them to help plan trips. However, they are wonderful memory books to have to look at and remember your trips after you get home.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. C. on December 31, 2013
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Good if you know where you're going and if you like pretty full-colored illustrations. However, it did NOT operate well as the main guidebook for me, due to the unhelpful division of "neighborhoods", each of which had its own map in a separate section, and were cropped off outside the bounds This mean a lot of flipping back and forth, which was super annoying. What's worse, the supposedly "complete" map at the end were not continuous-- roads that were off the bordering grid were not marked! This is absolutely unacceptable.

This problem got me lost several times around Ancient Rome. Seriously, I just checked, there were important roads and sites that were outside the grid, therefore unmarked, and that was precisely where I got lost!!! Any sensible guidebook should have a complete map of the central area. Even free tourist maps do better.

Another drawback was that the high-quality full-color paper made it extra heavy to carry.

Bottom line: I think I will go back to being a faithful Lonely Planet fan. I also had the LP Rome City Guide, which contained great maps, tips, recommendations, etc, and had very well-written introductions to Rome's history/culture/architecture. In order to travel light, I only picked one guidebook to bring with me, and I highly regret not having chosen that one instead!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Prescott on July 21, 2013
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My wife and I used this guide in Rome. The maps, the "area by area" descriptions in particular were very helpful. The pictures and descriptions beside them were very informative. We tried to use the bus system according to the book and couldn't figure it out.
A simpler way to get around is to use the "hop on-hop off" transportation system and match their route to the maps in the book. It gets you to all the Areas in the book without having to master the bus system.
The pictures in the book are super.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By danyell burger on March 8, 2013
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These guides are great because they come with a map that you use to plan out what you want to see when. The sights listed in the DK guides are by area which again is vey convenient. They have great photos which I used to go back and label photos I took myself when I would discover something unexpected along the way. We travel a lot and in the past I would sometimes choose a guide by the cheapest. If there is a DK guide available I will buy it first.
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