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Michelin Atlas Italy (Atlas (Michelin)) Spiral-bound – February 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • 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: 11.2 x 9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #607,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michelin created its first travel guide over 100 years ago to promote road travel and inspire driving confidence. Today, Michelin Travel & Lifestyle offers travelers an extensive range of travel guides, maps and online travel resources. These products deliver the same Michelin promise of quality and consistency consumers expect from one of the world's most trusted brands.

Publisher of travel guides, maps and atlases, Michelin Travel & Lifestyle offers a complete travel portfolio. Where to go, how to get there, where to eat & stay, and what to see & do ... all in one collection with extensive international & domestic coverage, especially for Europe. Our series includes Michelin (Red) Guides, Green Guides, Must Sees and Michelin maps and atlases.

Customer Reviews

The road markings on the map were too small and too confusing to be of any use.
Debbie
Yes, you can determine you are in Italy, but good luck finding your Autostrada exit in this thing.
bluefalcon
When I tried to look things up in the Michelin Atlas when I got to Italy I found it useless.
SRQTraveler

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By L. Liebergen on October 10, 2009
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For a week of driving in Umbria & Tuscany with a rental car, I thought this atlas was a necessary purchase - I'm a real map person. My friend came armed with a GPS for the car. The atlas and the navigator (me) won hands down. The GPS couldn't find most of the little addresses to which we were going - it was quickly put away. The only thing that surprised and disappointed me about the atlas is that all paved roads and towns are not on it. We stayed in one little town (that's been there for probably hundreds of years) that had a busy two-lane paved road going through it, and neither the town nor the road were shown on the atlas. I expected Michelin to have everything. But overall, it was wonderful. I recommend it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ellie on May 7, 2010
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Michelin atlas is the second best that exists in the market from my point of view. The best one I have is for Spain and Portugal by Geoplaneta. Michelin has just one big disadvantage: too much notation. It's hard sometimes to understand what the signs are for and where exactly they are located because of the multitude of those. Everything else looks fine and I'll try out this atlas soon enough.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Blake Thomas on May 16, 2011
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The Michelin atlases seem to be the most popular and authoritative maps for European countries. In Spring 2011, we used this guide to navigate by car in Tuscany, then to plan a trip along the west coast of Italy to Rome's airport. The atlas worked well; using it in conjunction with road signs, we took many direct and sightseeing trips without a hitch. Fellow guests at our San Gimignano bed & breakfast said that their GPS unit lost signal frequently in the area and was basically useless.
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.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Debbie on May 16, 2011
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We purchased this map for our trip and all I can say is thank goodness we also had a GPS. The road markings on the map were too small and too confusing to be of any use. Granted we wanted it in order to navigate between a few very small towns in Northern Italy but if we had to depend on this map alone we would have been horribly lost. I was expecting better. I wouldn't buy a similar map again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jim on August 7, 2011
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I WISH I would have had this atlas when I went to Italy. It's easier to read than my Europa Touring Atlas,more detailed and a lot lighter in weight. Also, it's nice to see every small town and village.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By mo on November 24, 2012
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I took a week-long vacation to Italy last spring with my significant other and brought this map, as neither of us desired to pay for phone internet service while abroad. Having a good map was especially important as we were renting a car and had a tight schedule of sightseeing, touring 5 cities in 5 days. Maps spanning this large of a distance are difficult to come by, so we figured we couldn't go wrong with an atlas covering the entire country (with insets of major cities, nonetheless!).

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sean lee on October 6, 2012
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Although the book covers the entire country of Italy, I was looking for a map that would have small roads instead of the larger highways.
This did not help me get from one small town to another.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bluefalcon on October 4, 2011
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I purchased this atlas based on reputation alone, however, while actually driving in Italy, it was essentially useless, as compared to my iPad.

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.
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