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Lonely Planet Italy (Travel Guide) Paperback – February 1, 2014
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Lonely Planet Italy
Welcome to Italy
Despite incessant praise, Italy continues to surprise and delight. If you get it right, travelling in the bel paese (beautiful country) is one of those rare experiences in life that cannot be overrated.
Lonely Planet Italy is. ..
Your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Listen to your gondolier sing sweetly while gliding past centuries-old Venetian palaces, sample olives and wines amid the storybook hills of Tuscany, or lose yourself amid thousands of years of Roman history and art; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Italy and begin your journey now!
In few places do art and life intermingle so effortlessly. This may be the land of Dante, Michelangelo, da Vinci and Botticelli but it’s also the home of Salvatore Ferragamo, Giorgio Armani and Gualtiero Marchesi. Food, fashion, art and architecture – you’ll quickly learn that the root of Italian pathology is an unswerving dedication to living life well.
Like a Local
A surprising number of Italians care deeply about the floral aftertastes of sheep cheese, the correct way to cut marble and the nuances of a Vivaldi concerto. Lurking behind the disinvoltura – the appearance of effortlessness– is a passionate attention to life’s fine print. So slow down, start taking note of life’s details and enjoy your own bella vita.
Then there’s the food. Italy is quite literally a feast of endless courses, but no matter how much you gorge yourself, you’ll always feel as though you haven’t made it past the antipasti. Even the simplest snack can turn into a revelation, whether you’re downing a slice of Slow Food pizza, a paper cone of fritto misto (fried seafood) or pistachio flavored gelato. The secret is an intense, even savage, attention to top-notch ingredients and fresh, seasonal produce.
Inside Lonely Planet Italy Travel Guide:
- Full-color maps and images throughout
- Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
- Eat and Drink Like a Local
- Coverage of Rome, Milan, Venice, Naples, Sicily, the Italian Riviera and more
Top Customer Reviews
The index for instance includes no entry for gondola/ gondolier; no info that i could find in venice section on how to hire a gondola, what to expect to pay.
ok - so forget about venice. now i'm checking out ponza --- how to get there .... is it possible to do a day trip to the mainland?
Guess what: no Ponza in the index. Seriously. Maybe they just need better software for creating indices? I dunno but basically i have had to harvest all my info for this trip from the internet. wish i had not bought this particular book.
here's hoping LP is still an awesome brand and their other books are still something like the ones that helped me around the world say back when.
Talking to others we have come to a concensus that Steeves likes Italy best and that's why his book is so good. This book, I could have skipped and would not have noticed.
The book is typical Lonely Planet - decent enough maps, nice descriptions of landmarks and the practicals of what to see and do - but not much of a recommended order of what to see. There are "what to see in 2/4 days/week" but nothing to indicate what's more important. The book itself has a few perfunctory Italy "itineraries" that start at 2+ weeks and focus on a region or two. I would have liked to have seen itineraries under 2 weeks (as in, what can we realistically see/do in 10 days?) but that was nowhere to be found. Getting between cities was glossed over - this book desperately needed train maps so you can understand how to get from A to B during your trip.
So who's this book for? Well if you have over 3 weeks to spend in Italy and time to do additional research on top of what's in the book, then this is a great place to start. Lonely Planet Italy isn't really a guidebook, but the equivalent of bricks with no mortar. If I was going to Italy for the first time for 2 weeks or more, I'd buy Lonely Planet Discover Italy for the pretty photos and Rick Steves' Italy for the information.
The content of approx. 81 pages of the book is shown by the Amazon.com's "LOOK INSIDE!" function. What cannot be seen is that the LP basic series including this ISBN 1742207294 Italy has covers laminated only outside, its text is detailed comparably to the Eyewitness, however not as profusely illustrated and mostly only in 4 colors: black, blue, red, and beige, except a few dozens of pages with photos in full color printed on low quality paper.
Though the LP Discover series is in full color, it is less detailed than this improved LP basic series, has fewer illustrations than, and is not as good as, Eyewitness, which is 1 inch longer and thus less handy, but has the excellent flexible vinyl bindings, greater number of details, superior layout, graphics, clarity, and - in general - the quality of being a souvenir\memento.
A non-Euro currency traveler needs books like this to try to compensate for the currency handicap. Certainly this book operates in the right league of play.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's okay. I think the day of the tour book has passed. Once I was in Italy I just ended up using google maps and looking at user reviews to plan my day.Published 7 months ago by Tommy
Good Italy travel guide. I just used it for a 2 week trip. I found it to be more detailed than the Rick Steves books, but since I cut up the RS book, it was much smaller and became... Read morePublished 10 months ago by littleliver
I realize that they try to take you to a different path than the norm, but a little too off the path for mePublished 11 months ago by Michael B.
Big guide, very complete. Just a little sketchy on the area we wanted in the lake area.. but usual great guide.Published 11 months ago by Rebecca M.
Great guide - it's on the heavy side but it's a good read and useful. Can't really tell whether this is better or the Rough Guide volume, choose which ever you prefer.Published 13 months ago by Tamas Medgyes
Information very comprehensive. Have had the book version for some years. Would recommend to any prospective travellers.Published 13 months ago by Leonie Martin