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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
I've read numerous travel guides, most of which I've dragged with me throughout the duration of my trips (often times, two or three books and various website printouts and lists). These have included the Lonely Planet, Fodor's and Rough Guide books. All are decent, but tend to be long and tedious to thumb through quickly.

But when you factor in size, weight, cost, and coverage, I don't think you can beat the Top 10 series. They are ideal for a few days' stay, but might be a bit lacking if you're in a particular city for a week or more. It has been all we've needed for the basis of our Rome and Venice trip planning. The hotel recommendations are a bit outdated and bare-bones, but there's always TripAdvisor and Venere for more up-to-date and detailed info. The maps are also outstanding--they've made my StreetWise maps basically obsolete (for comparison, StreetWise maps cost almost as much as this book).

Detractors may quickly scoff at the whole idea of boiling everything down to "just a top 10", but keep in mind that there are numerous "top 10 lists" throughout the book, covering many categories. The idea here is to give tourists--especially first-timers--an overview of the major sights and to provide them a basis for which to explore further, based on specific interests. Used as such, I don't think you'll find a better travel guide.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
Great book for on the go - Not for in-depth history or background. Recommend planning your trip with other books but once you hit the ground, use this!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
Excellent book , expecially for us travelers with too little time to do a thorough search of information on this famous city. The text is organized so that you can easily pick and choose topics of interest such as the 10 best museums. Photos and illustrations add to the ease in understanding the text as do the directions and phone numbers included for many sites and locations. Our experience reading the book combined with a few internet searches made us feel like experienced tourists even before we left for our trip. Our only tip after visiting is to come prepared and bring along your book since you cannot expect much help and/or directions after you arrive as everyone else seems to be in a hurry or just uninterested in your dilema.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon February 23, 2010
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
I'm of the theory that you're best served with two travel books - a pocket sized, quick reference book and a larger, more indepth book. The pocket sized book is the one that fits into a cargo pants pocket or a jacket pocket.

I got back from a trip to Rome and while everyone had their tomes from Lonely Planet or Fodor's out at dinner, the DK Top Ten Rome book was the one that was taken from my hands and passed around. The foldout map helps a lot and as a result, I was the navigator as we walked the streets of Rome.

If you have an infinite amount of time to see everything in Rome, then you'll need a great book to cover everything. If you're doing a multi-city Italian tour and only have a few days in Rome, it's good to have a book like this to keep as a quick reference guide.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon January 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
We have traveeld to Rome three times now and found this travel guide to be the most informative. The material is well organized and most of all well written. The quailty of the paper and quailty of the pictures cannot be beat. Even after a long trip the book still holds togather with no loose pages like we have expierenced in other travel guides. Don't expect to get a lot of hotel and restaurant information in these guide as it's all about the sites. We never leave home without an Eyewitness Guide.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2010
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
The "Top Ten" is a nice, compact guide. The "Top Ten Rome" was helpful and the maps and metro info & bus route info was helpful since we purchased a Roma Pass which was great, but lacking bus route information. The guide actually helped us utilize our Roma Pass. We found that while all roads may lead to Rome, once there, you can so easily loose your way. If you have a short time and want to make the most of your time in city, these guides help you to identify the highlights and do a good job at it. I'm replacing my Rick Steves' guides with these.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
After getting the Kindle version of this book, I promptly returned it. The book was difficult to navigate, gave little useful information, was not the useful colorful, version of the standard Eyewitness guides. I was viewing this on a Nexus 7, so perhaps my expectations were too high, but ultimatley I didn't care for the format or information presented.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2010
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
My friend bought the thicker full version of Italy tour book but she rarely pulls it out to use it during our trip because it's too heavy. This one is so much lighter to use and small size that it tucks away neatly in my small handbag. I recommend this highly to those who likes backpacking with light luggages!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2009
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i bought this booklet in addition to the rick steves guide book. i was relying on rick steves for the touring and sightseeing, but i like this one for its compactness and beautiful pictures. i kept it pristine, so after our trip, we kept it as a travel memorabilia.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2013
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
I have a lot f Eyewitness travel guides but this was my first "Top 10" book. I definitely prefer other Eyewitness travel guides since I found these "Top 10" guides lack a lot of important information. I still recommend it for those who will travel just a few days to Rome and only want to take one travel book with them
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