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Italy, Instructions for Use: The Practical, On-Site Assistant for the Enthusiastic (Even Experienced) Traveler Paperback – May 15, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
An antidote to the hulking volumes that offer encyclopedic amounts of information on a locale, McElroys book is designed more along the lines of a operating manual. There are no suggestions for where to stay in Capri or how to see the Vatican in a day. Rather, this book enlightens readers on the how-tos of traveling in Italy: when to go, how to get there, what to pack, how to read road signs, which class to ride in on a train, how to use Italian phones, what to order for an aperitivo and why the tabaccaio is a resourceful shop, even if you dont smoke. For first-time visitors, its a boon. McElroy, who spends a few months a year in Italy, explains everything travelers need to know in order to blend in and enjoy their trip. Each chapter is color-coded for easy reference, and Italian vocabulary words augment every section.
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After interviewing Nan McElroy and reading "Italy:Instructions for Use" I feel as though I'm an expert on Italy...which I am certainly not. A great read before you go , on the flight over and easy to put in your pocket as you're out and about. -- Sandy Fenton of AAA's Let's Talk Travel
An outstanding little guide...[this] palm-sized book has scads of information on how things are done.... -- Don Groff, Newark Star-Ledger
Few [guidebooks] devote space to practical advice, because there's no room to do more than touch on the basics... -- Europe for Visitors, Durant Imboden
I've been traveling in Italy for over 20 years and seldom do I find a book as useful and eye-opening as "Italy: Instructions for Use". -- About.com's Italy for Visitors, September, 2006
McElroy's "instruction book" really hits the mark. Like American Express, don't leave home without it! -- Louisville Courier Journal
Once in a while a perfect travel resource gets sent to me for review. This is one of those... -- The Travel Consumer
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Having been to Italy I can say the more you know the better off you are. Knowing some Italian words and just how to say them will save your behind. Knowing even rudimentary things about the train system is good too because you are going to LOVE riding Italian trains. Trains are a cheap way to get to all things Italian.
A very good little book to tuck inside a pocket ready for that "special occasion". Ten stars! I also recommend the Michelin Italy Map sold on Amazon. The place names are in Italian. That's what you'll see in Italy.
Just get it from Amazon! Look at those asking prices elsewhere! Yikes that's a lot of train money!