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The Rough Guide to Rome 3 (Rough Guide Travel Guides) Paperback – July 16, 2007


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Product Details

  • Series: Rough Guide Travel Guides
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 3rd edition (July 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843538547
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843538547
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 6.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,622,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Martin Dunford is the co-founder of the Rough Guides series and has authored Rough Guides to Amsterdam, Belgium, Brussels, The Netherlands, Italy and New York

Martin Dunford is the co-founder of the Rough Guides series and has authored Rough Guides to Amsterdam, Belgium, Brussels, The Netherlands, Italy and New York


More About the Author

Katie Parla has written, edited and contributed to more than 20 food and travel books. She has written titles for National Geographic, Time Out, Rough Guides, Dorling Kindersley, Fodor's, and Insight Guides. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times, and is the author of the blog Parla Food and the apps "Katie Parla's Rome" and "Katie Parla's Istanbul".

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Chip Childers on October 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
I'm sitting in a Hotel in Rome right now, writing this review after several days of laughable "guidance" from the Rough Guide to Rome. The guide is an accomplice to the tourist traps of the city, leading hapless travelers directly into the very worst restaurants that cost the very most. We have quickly learned to ignore the guide's restaurant listings, and have instead found it useful to just wander the streets reading menus. There are plenty of other issues with the book: poor descriptions of the ancient Roman sites, lackluster guidance on how to enjoy the Vatican, useless descriptions of transportation options, etc... Do yourself a favor, and avoid this book. Having just come from Orvieto, where we found ourselves loving and trusting the guidance of Lonely Planet's guide of Tuscany and Umbria, we know what a good guide book can add to your trip.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Moore on October 31, 2009
Format: Paperback
The Rough Guide to Rome is not worth the purchase price. I have used and trusted other Rough Guides in the past, in particular ones for Aruba and Amsterdam, and been pleased with them.

To start with, many of the admission prices quoted in the book are inaccurate. The information about the Vatican Museums was misleading (you cannot "choose your own direction" to get to the Sistine Chapel) and the suggestion for how to approach and leave the Vatican itself - (by the side as the front approach is "disappointing") if taken will rob you of a beautiful view of the Vatican from Castel Sant' Angelo. We left the Vatican by the "disappointing" path and were very glad we ignored the book's suggestion on this front.

The food guide was not helpful, leading us to over-priced, mediocre food. This is in stark contrast to the Rough Guide to Amsterdam which had excellent food suggestions. It also lacked good shopping suggestions, focusing heavily on flea-market type shopping and leaving the reader in the lurch as to what areas to go to for good clothing and leather goods.

In retrospect, I should have read this guide more thoroughly before purchase. I do not recommend this guide if you are going to Rome.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By hfiddy on February 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book has loads of detailed information about the major sights, as well as suggestions for less mainstream things to see. I'm giving the book four stars instead of five only because some map addresses were mixed up in the Borgo neigborhood (near the vatican), but this really wasn't too hard to figure out once I asked for directions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have been a BIG FAN of the Rough Guide for all my travels over the last 12-15 years... I have always recommended them and was very excited when I saw that this guide was published so closely to my trip to Rome. We actually had 3 separate experiences with restaurants that were not open or no longer there when we arrived. They make it clear to call ahead, which I did not do... I just had never had this experience with the Rough Guides before... It didn't ruin our trip at all because we were always in the vicinity when we were looking for somewhere to eat, but I was dissappointed in the guide. We had friends travelling with us who were making a joke of the book the whole time :(
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