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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2014
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
I love Rick Steves guidebooks. If you have the time and inclination to do a proper survey of your travel destination in advance, there's no better framework for your explorations. And if you find yourself in a country without the internet/linguistic ability/adventurous spirit to find your way, having Rick Steves direct your itinerary isn't terrible. (Also I always silently read the introductions in that Rick Steves voice, which I find more diverting than I should.)

So. 3 stars. Why? I'm starting at Rome and going South, so this book is 70% useless for me. I wouldn't have bought the book if I knew its limits. The material present is 5 stars, but it doesn't merit being called a guidebook for Italy. Consider it a guidebook for the most traveled parts of North and Central Italy. Even the "central" part refers more to Tuscany and Le Marche than, say, Umbria and Abruzzo. This book is very useful for people centering their trips around Northern Italy, or doing the Florence/Venice/Rome/Naples tour, but its not good outside of the typical destinations.
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2013
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Rick Steve's guide to Italy is just published and updated for travel in 2014. Having been In Italy in 2013 and we are going back in 6 months, we know that the most updated info is so important. Also this book cover all the major sites. The fold out map has driving distances between the cities on one side and city maps of Rome, Venice, Florence and Siena on the other side. We also really liked the 15 pages of history tucked into the book. Rick Steve's tells you what you really need to know when traveling in Italy. The book is loaded with info, references with phone numbers, and lots of tricks of traveling on a budget. The book has different sections for each region, so it is easy to navigate through the book as you travel.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
We recently returned from a trip to Italy and found Rick Steves' Italy 2014 to be a huge factor in making this our most wonderful vacation ever! With so much to do in Rome, Florence, and Venice this guide was extremely helpful in planning out each day. I would recommend this book if you have a multi-city itinerary (3 or more cities). If you are only visiting one or two cities I would recommend getting his guidebooks for individual destinations such as Venice or Rome. As much as we love our Kindle Touch, we got the print edition for its ease of use and quick referencing (much quicker to flip to the page(s) we needed than to turn on our Kindle and scroll to the right page). We also got the Rick Steves' Italy map as a companion to this book. It's the same map that's included with the book, only it's much sturdier and waterproof.

Great recommendations on saving time and money, where to eat and stay, and a little bit of history for each attraction/museum. This book gives a concise and helpful overview of each attraction including admission cost, hours, and contact info. This book should not be used as a guidebook for individual attractions (it will not give you a detailed tour of the Sistine Chapel or Uffizi Gallery). I would highly recommend using Rick Steves free audioguide book app to save a few Euros on audio tour guides and as a great companion to this outstanding travel guide. We will definitely use Rick Steves guidebooks during our next European adventure and highly recommend them to our friends.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
TOP 100 REVIEWERon December 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
“Italy 2014” travel guide made by Rick Steves will be helpful for those who are planning to embark for the first time on adventure of travelling to this wonderful European country, but also people that have already visited Italy given the variety and amount of information offered.

The guide is divided into about 30 chapters covering the various Italian regions and the largest cities, which are certainly worth a visit, even though it’s a large country in European terms and to pass all over it you’ll need a few weeks at least.
The book comes with numerous color maps, a brief overview of the rich Italian history and a well-made index that will help you searching through the book when you are interested in finding something quickly.
The attached maps are made in a way that the numbers and letters on them mark the most important places in terms of shopping, landmark, transportation or other points of interest.

It’s convenient to emphasize that the text font used by author makes the whole guide getting casual look, an impression of book that it’s easy and interesting to read.

The author using his unpretentious and friendly style offers good advice about the places you should stay or restaurants where you can taste delicious meals.
Depending on number of days you plan to stay in Italy, he’ll help making the plan that will enable you to see and experience the most, all the time emphasizing what is worth (or not) your money and precious time.

Even though I was in Italy many times due to the arts, sports, shopping, business or tourist visits, this is the book I’ll take next time with me as it offers in one place a large number of useful and updated information even for someone who is quite familiar with this beautiful land.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 2013
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Made the trip! My family thinks I'm an expert tour guide.
Knowing what to expect made everything so much better.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
As others have noted, this is not an exhaustive guidebook for hotels, restaurants etc. This book is very in tune with getting people to tour italy the Rick Steves way. Frugal on the ammenities but focused on the experience. If you want to know what the top sights are, and be able to integrate them into one extended trip (couple of days at each city), this is for you. if you are going to one city for 2 weeks, get something else. Others are better at finding great hotels, but Rick gives you a few unique choices. does integrate with his other web content, but the kindle version is not directly linked (wonder why?a0. i do recommend the kindle version if you can use it. the book is big and nobody wants to carry it around italy, the electronic version you can highlight and keep notes. love that
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2014
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We just spent a wonderful Christmas in Rome. It is our first trip in Italy. I used this book to plan our six-day stay in Rome. All the guide and tips from this book are very very useful. In addition, the android app is great. Please make sure download them before you go. The audio guide is better than the some of the renting audio guide at the location (especially at St. Peter Basilica). The restaurant guide helped us to have great food in the trip.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I have used several other Rick Steves guide books in Kindle version. All of these books are disappointing in that I think there needs to be a better map included. It seems like Steves and Company are using the same maps in Kindle as are used for their print editions. The maps are not scaleable, you can't use a zoom in and if you need to make the map large enough to read, you are out of luck!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I have been traveling in Europe four times over the last 10 years and each time I was carrying Rick Steve's books.

This spring, I will be traveling in Spain, France, and Italy with 3 of Rick's guidebooks on my iPad. They are even more useful in electronic form - the search is easier, the books don't weigh anything and all updates are current.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2014
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Rick Steves is great. Where to buy tickets. Which attraction has WC.
This book does a great job of those locations it covers, but that coverage is limited. Overwhelmingly major cities/sights in Northern Italy and Rome.
Southern Italy is Naples, Pompeii,Sorrento ,Capri, Amalfi.
Sicily, Calabria, Puglia, Basiclata are not included.
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