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Traveller Guides Calabria 2nd (Travellers - Thomas Cook) Paperback – May 17, 2011

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  • Series: Travellers - Thomas Cook
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Cook Publishing; Second edition (May 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848483902
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848483903
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #956,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you're headed to the toe of the boot, you'll want to have the second edition of Travellers Calabria by Lara Dunston and Terry Carter tucked away in your travel bag. This guidebook gives a solid overview of many aspects of Calabrian culture including archaeology, history, and food, while also offering sightseeing, accommodation, and restaurant tips as well.

In short, it does exactly what a guidebook should -- and it's conveniently only slightly larger than pocket-sized to boot.

The photographs are consistently gorgeous and the text covers much more than the main tourist destinations like Tropea, Gerace, and Reggio Calabria; it also shares some of my favorite even more off-the-beaten stops like Pizzo, Le Castella, and Serra San Bruno.

I especially love the section that lists, by season, which attractions a visitor should enjoy in Calabria; first-time visitors will also appreciate the inclusion of basic information on how to arrive and get around, handle money issues, navigate national holidays, and even say some basic phrases in Italian.

If I have one slight criticism, it's the lack of coverage of the Catanzaro province, where I happen to live in what many consider to be one of the most picturesque medieval villages in Calabria (Badolato). For the province, there are no restaurants listed outside of the city of Catanzaro, and available accommodations are also a bit ignored -- there are some great agriturismi, in particular, that offer not only great lodging but also excellent dining options with food prepared from products grown and raised on the premises.

I realize this information isn't easy to come by even for savvy guidebook researchers, but I do hope to see the Catanzaro section expanded a bit in future updates.
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There's not much available for someone looking to make their way through Calabria. This guide has been very helpful in planning my trip. It has good detail about key towns and villages including walking tours and of course the key attractions of each location. Well worth the money.
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Calabria is lovely, and even more so when you know where to go and what to see. This light weight book came with me and I carried it all along the way.
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I find the Thomas Cook guides pretty useless: minimal historical and cultural information, and unnecessary verbiage. Lots of pretty pictures and quality paper, which means you're carrying around a lot of weight without much content. Although there really aren't any good guides to Calabria, this one added very little to our trip and I wouldn't advise buying it.
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even though it was reccomended by other users, i was not convinced that it would cover what i was looking for. i took a chance purchased it and to my amazement when i received it was a comphrensive guide to calabria that warrents my approval.
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