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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.

Italy Outdoors
Roman Forum
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!

Bella Vita

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.

Delightful Desserts
Bon Appetito

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
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Product Details

  • Series: Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 976 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 11 edition (February 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742207294
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742207292
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I biked around the world with my husband in the 90s and the Lonely Planet was our go-to book - absolute favorite. So here we are, planning for Italy ... we of course buy the LP book ... and it is amazing how much is NOT in this book or at least is hard to find.

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.
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I bought several guidebooks for an extended visit to Italy. Lonely Planet has often proved to be the best for me, as it focuses on activities that fit my active style on a budget. But this book was dim in comparison to Rick Steeve's guidebook. That was the one I went to again and again for info on Sardinia, Sicily, Lapari, Naples, Herculeneum, Venice, Ravenna, Rome, Orvieto, Florence, Cinque Terre, Lucca.
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.
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Lonely Planet books have gone from being the authoritative bible to being hit or miss, which is a real shame. I've used LP Italy and other competitors on past trips, and this book seems a step or two down from prior versions.There's a lot of decent information but it just seems like a compilation of individual regional guides instead of one cohesive book.

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.
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The world of travel guides is dominated by two giants: classic, illustrated in color, very detailed Baedeker (since 1839), and more exclusive, profusely illustrated in color, detailed Eyewitness Travel Guides. The new improved Lonely Planet is almost like Baedeker, but Baedeker is better published and handier, has clearer layout and better maps, and its plastic wallet cover holds the guide and map protected in all weather.

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.
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This guide to Italy may not be the best, and I am not equipped to perform a good comparative commentary. Still, the book is useful for a novice traveler to this country for these reasons: (1). It's compact, giving up 900 pages in the same form factor as a Kindle HD Fire (yes, the Kindle Edition is probably a useful alternative, except for the battery life issue on the latter, but that's a different review). (2) "Making the most of your Euro" tips seem practical and worthwhile, assuming they provide possible in country. (3) (Negative and positive) There's a pullout map, but only for Rome. (4) While there are plenty of web addresses provided, obviously they are hard to use, and there should be more of them. I couldn't find a clear benefit to the Lonely Planet web site, which should IMHO provide buyers with more resources as a result of purchasing the book (and supporting web content). (5) If you have an itinerary in mind, and are pressed for time, you'd want to marshal just the areas of interest vs. thumbing past all the areas you won't visit on this trip. This is too hard to do without a more interactive tool connected to the extensive content in this book.

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.
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