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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DK Travel; Pap/Map Re edition (February 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756669472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756669478
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,058,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jeffrey Kennedy has thoroughly enjoyed living in Europe for the last quarter of a century and has been lucky enough to author and co-author a plethora of travel guides and articles for major international publishers.

His chosen destinations have included Rome, Naples and many other regions of Italy; San Francisco and Miami and other parts of Florida in his native US; Mallorca, Andalusia and Barcelona in Spain; and parts of Greece and France.

He has also written a semi-historical novel, coming soon - an esoteric thriller entitled "Pan's Dominion", set on his beloved island of Capri and in Rome, his Eternal City.

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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful By A. Smith 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 The hotel recommendations are a bit outdated and bare-bones, but there's always TripAdvisor and Venere for more up-to-date and detailed info.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 By Ant Jackson 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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Calusio on November 17, 2008
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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 By Nick TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 22, 2010
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bill A. Belt VINE VOICE on 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 By darlingkit on June 24, 2010
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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 By Travel Happy 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 By M. Cheung on February 6, 2010
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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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