- Series: Atlas (Michelin)
- Spiral-bound: 198 pages
- Publisher: Michelin Travel & Lifestyle; 14th Edition edition (February 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 206714099X
- ISBN-13: 978-2067140998
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 11.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Michelin Atlas Italy (Atlas (Michelin)) Spiral-bound – February 1, 2009
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FYI, for anyone who was as clueless as me before planning this trip: Italian road signs very rarely give road numbers, particularly in the countryside. Instead, the road signs provide the name of the nearest town on each fork of the road.
We were wrong.
With this review, I can only hope that I can save you, the review-reader, from going through the terrible experience that will result from using this atlas. I feel it is my duty to Italy travelers everywhere.
I am a geologist, and need to read maps (for a living). I am not bad at it. I have an excellent sense of direction. Given that credential, I can safely conclude: this atlas is not only the worst map ever made, it is one of the worst THINGS ever made, period. I somehow managed to have a decent time in Italy despite this map attempting to ruin every moment of it (I blame the distractingly delicious food... and wine). NOTHING IN IT is labeled at the appropriate scale. Most things are labeled with different names than what are on the actual road signs. Restricted areas are not clearly (or at all) indicated. Expressways are hard to distinguish from regular roads (why?!?!). City insets are completely useless, mostly because only HALF THE STREETS are labeled. If we saw a street sign (which themselves are often hard to find), chances were 50% at best we would be able to find it on the map. The free maps we received at our hotels were, without fail, 100x as good as any map in this atlas. Ultra-jank PRINTOUTS I MADE FROM GOOGLE MAPS prior to our trip were >50x better than this Atlas, and it was thanks to these that we're not still in Italy, lost.
I am going to burn this atlas and celebrate.
This atlas is better suited to the demographic that is more comfortable refolding a map than finding a wifi hotspot. The level of detail is woefully inadequate when trying to navigate individual roads. Yes, you can determine you are in Italy, but good luck finding your Autostrada exit in this thing. When driving in the Tuscan countryside, it was nearly impossible to determine my location, and I am quite adept at using maps.
As a point of comparison, the map function in an iPad/iPhone, even without wifi access, was clearly superior, with the ability to zoom in to a much finer level of detail than you will find in this Atlas.
Yes, it is prudent to bring a backup map if you intend to use an electronic map, however, you can find much cheaper folding maps for such purpose than this monstrous dinosaur. I found it so inadequate that it did not come back to America with me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
we spent two weeks peacefully Thanks to this Atlas.
Thankyou so very much.
This map is larger, better, and easier to read than the AAA map. It isn't perfect, but it is a lot better. Read morePublished on December 10, 2013 by Bob S Florida
We bought this map as a backup in case our Garmin GPS crapped out on us. Since the GPS worked fine we didn't need this map to
bail us out of any emergency "where the heck... Read more
Very difficult to navigate from one area tho next since there is no index and no continuity.In addition
The highway numbers are hard to see!
Michelin Atlas Italy (Atlas (Michelin))
great collection displaying larger to very small towns.
Great for tracking my family in Italy. Read more
Intending to drive through Italy and this road atlas will help with navigation and also spelling of the complicated place namesPublished on July 19, 2013 by Robert Ellis
A great planning Atlas and driving Atlas for Italy. Has all major roads and most minor ones.
Worked well for my two week driving trip.
We had a 2001 edition of this publication that was excellent and provided detailed maps of local areas. Unless you are planning on staying on the main roads this is worthless. Read morePublished on June 26, 2013 by S. Bagley
This is a great help for anyone traveling through Italy. All small roads are indicated and route numbers are easily identified. Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by Connie Burke