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on May 7, 2012
We just got back from Europe and we found Rick Steves guides to be the best source of information. I had this book downloaded to my Kindle. His travel guides are an absolute must! We had several different guidebooks for Rome and we found this to be the best source of information. My only suggestion would be to get a better map to go along with it. I especially liked pairing the Rick Steves guide with the DK Eyewitness Travel Rome book (as this book had a detailed fold out map and showed more detailed layouts of buildings and streets which was really helpful for getting around the Vatican). Thanks Rick!
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on October 22, 2012
We used this resource as background information to help us plan our recent Rome trip as we have found Rick Steve's guides to be very good. I can't speak to the food or hotel recommendations as there are so many to choose from and Rick can only mention a few of them. Rick's advice on converting dollars to Euros is to go into a bank to get the best exchange rate. I had five banks in Rome tell me they don't do currency exchanges and directed me to a nearby commercial money exchanger. My advice is to load up your bank account before you leave home and use ATM's to get your money. That way you'll get the best exchange rate. Street level money exchangers charge ridiculous fees. Rome is expensive as the Euro rate is not in our favor.

Overall Rick's guide is very good with maps, places to visit and suggested walks. Another tip if you're going to the coliseum, go late in the afternoon (3:30 or later) as morning crowds are horrible. Go to the Trevi Fountain late in the evening after dinner(10 PM ) as crowds here are also horrid. Tourists eat at 6-8, don't go to dinner until 9 to avoid the crush.
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on June 6, 2013
Rick Steves' enthusiasm and passion for history and art and his knowledge of the city is clearly evident in this guidebook. (I rarely use the hotel and restaurant suggestions and I was disappointed with the one restaurant suggestion we did use). But, that is not why I buy his books. The book is a virtual guide. The book tells you the details and history. It has great walking tours. For example, if you plan to visit the Vatican, the book guides you through possible routes to see what you want and not miss the big things and explains what you are looking at along the way. When you finally reach the Sistine Chapel the book tells you about the history of the chapel. It tells about the meaning behind what you are seeing on the ceiling. Then it gives you a shortcut to St. Peter's. I have used all the major guidebooks. When I go to Europe, I always use Rick Steves as my guide.
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on January 31, 2014
This guide is packed with useful information that is absolutely essential for traveling to the wonderful but sometimes confusing city of Rome. I'm preparing for my second month-long stay in Rome and this guide will guide me through all the phases of my stay. I especially like the way Rick Steves rates attractions from must see to worth a quick look. His information about the transportation system is invaluable. I learned from my last stay two years ago that his information is right on the money. I enjoyed walking in the city as I could easily do from checking his maps and information about the various neighborhoods. Don't leave home without this terrific guide.
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I try to use Rick Steves' books whenever i go to Europe. This was my 2nd and i HIGHLY recommend! We were also able to incorporate his podcasts as well, which was nice for the colesseum and the Roman Forum. Steve gives great tips and using those, we were able to buy tickets for sites in not very well known locations, saving us from waiting on 2 hour lines! Its as if you have your own personal tour guide. His maps are very helpful as well. Much more personal like tour book than a frommers or fodors...highly recommend!
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on February 22, 2013
This travel guide was so promising when I first placed the order. I couldn't wait to read it as soon as it arrived. So many people have put their trust in Rick Steves' words, I thought for certain this would be the go-to book. After carefully combing through each page and digesting its contents, I can appreciate some of his insider tips and how well the information is organized, however I found myself turning to the internet more than to this book.
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on July 3, 2013
We love Rick Steve's books and take his e-books with us every time we go to Europe. He really takes you around to the most important places. His restaurant reviews are amazing and so accurate. This Rome book was particularly incredible!! His descriptions of all the important places and tourist spots were perfect.
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on February 12, 2013
This book will allow you to make the most of your stay no matter how long you plan to be there. It gives you all the tips you need to know to make your stay a most enjoyable and safe one. What to see, where to eat, where to stay, how to move around, everything! Both within the city and nearby! Rick Steves is a marvelous guide, and funny, too! Additionally you get pointers to excellent resources like walking guides you can download to your smart phone (I used them and really enjoyed them; it makes a GREAT difference to know what to look at and what you're looking at! Specially, when there is so much to see!).
Do yourself a favor. Buy this book and read it at least a month before you go there, to get the most out of it!!! Don't hesitate!
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on January 21, 2013
There is so much than we never would have gotten to do or see without this book... I am SO glad my husband and I took the time to read it on the plane on the way to Rome. We only had 3 days there, so we really needed to plan carefully, and this book really helped us do that. We managed to accomplish everything on Rick's "Rome in 3 Days" guide, and more... totally wouldn't have been possible without his maps and secret tips.
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on January 16, 2013
We use his books with any trip we can. He is usually really helpful on where to go and what to do and especially things to avoid. He will tell you what tricks people use to con tourists out of money and it is really a nice thing to know. His food suggestions were amazing this time around. We ate at least 4 of his recommended restaurants in this book and they were all worth it. These guides are a great way to plan your trip. He tells you the areas of town that are "safe" or not and where to stay. We have only booked in one hotel he recommended but we always keep to his map of dangerous and safe when traveling. Must have for Rome.
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