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Lonely Planet Italy (Travel Guide) Paperback – February 16, 2016
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Unfortunately, the images (including maps) are low-res. If you zoom into the maps, the smaller street names are unreadable.
For those not familiar with Lonely Planet, for the last few years it was owned by BBC Worldwide until it was sold to NC2 Media in 2013. The Lonely Planet Italy guide is over 300 pages of information of areas throughout Italy including a city map of Rome.
The first 33-pages deal with planning your trip to Italy such as Italy's Top 12 (locations to visit), a five-day itinerary and planning your trip including info. for family travel.
The the guide goes into traveling to Rome, Florence, Tuscany, Cinque Terre, Assisi, Venice, Milan, Italian Lakes, Naples, Pompeli, Amalfi Coast, Sicily and more.
This latest guide features writings a few writers of what they love about Italy and the Italy of today. The final chapters feature information about Italy and its heritage, its history, art & architecture, regional cuisine, lifestyle, fashion, design and more.
Also, a directory information section on the slumber tax, the climate in Rome, Palermo, Venice for the year and other information from currency, info. for LGBT travelers, travelers with disabilities, electricity (and the type of outlets used) and more.
What I look for in a travel guide with up-to-date information, maps and as much detail for the region as possible. Some tend to skimp on smaller regions but this Lonely Planet guide really does a good job of giving coverage for locations throughout Italy. While I do enjoy the Fodor’s travel guides for its use of color throughout, while photography of a region is nice to have, for travel guides, it all comes down to detailed information and I will can easily say that “Lonely Planet Italy” is well-researched, informative and a travel guide worth using and help in planning and preparing for your trip to the country.
I do want to mention that the city map included is only for Rome, Lonely Planet offers more books of Italy such as "Make My Day Rome", a guide to Sicily, Pocket Venice and more. I do not have these books, so I can't discuss if maps for various regions are included but for "Lonely Planet Discovery Italy", only a city map of Rome is included. Fortunately, with each city chapter, there are smaller maps location maps included for certain areas in various cities.
Overall, "Lonely Planet Discovery Italy" is full of information, is well-researched and updated to include the latest information for traveling to the country for 2016. And I highly recommend checking this guide book out if you are planning to make the trip to Italy.
The book is broken into parts with Rome as the first unit. This unit includes information about Vatican museums; St. Peter's Basilica; Pantheon; Colosseum; Museo A Galleria Borghese; Roman Forum; walking tour of the emperor's footsteps; and a walking tour of the Piazzas of Rome. This section includes sights, tours, shopping, entertainment, eating, drinking and nightlife, and lodging information.
The second stop in the guidebook is about Florence with information about Duomo; Galleria Dell' Accademia; Galleria Degli Uffizi and a walking tour to the heart of the city.
The third stop in the guidebook is about Tuscany with information about Towers of San Gimigano, Siena, and a driving tour through Tuscany. This chapter includes information about Lucca, Montalcino, Montepulciano and Arezzo as well.
The fourth stop in the guidebook is Cinque Terre with information about walking in the Cinque Terre; Sentiero Azzurro; Monterosso; Vernazza, Corniglia; Manarola; and Riomaggiore.
The fifth stop in the guidebook is Assisi. If you're Catholic, you probably have heard about St. Francis of Assisi. You will be able to visit the Basilica Di San Francesco. If you're on a pilgrimage, this stop is a must in Italy.
The sixth stop in the guidebook is Venice with information about the Grand Canal; Basilica Di San Marco; Palazzo Ducale; Galleria Dell'Accademia; and the Venetian Islands. Venice was also the subject of John Berendt's book, "The City of Fallen Angels," about the Opera house fire. You might also want to visit the Peggy Guggenheim Museum of Modern Art located on the Grand Canal. I stayed at the Westin Europa & Regina, highly recommended.
The seventh stop in the guidebook is about Milan, a fashion and opera capital as well. The unit includes information about shopping and design hot spots; Duomol and the famous "The Last Supper" portrait by Leonardo Da Vinci.
The eighth stop in the guidebook is about Italian Lakes like Bellagio, Isole Borrome, Lago Maggiore, and of course Lago Di Como. Lake Como is home to American superstar George Clooney.
The ninth stop in the guidebook is about Naples. Information includes about Museo Archaeologico Nazionale; Subterranean Naples where the catacombs are beneath the city. Naples is also home to Teatro San Carlo as well.
The tenth stop in the guidebook is about Pompeii where you can explore the ruins.
The eleventh stop in the guidebook is the Amalfi Coast with a day in Positano, Capri, Amalfi and Ravello.
The final stop in the guidebook is Sicily with information about Mount Etna, Valley of the Temples, Palermo, Catania and Syracuse. Forza d'Agrò, Messina, Sicily, Italy was one of the major locations for classic films like "The Godfather" I and II. If you loved the Italian classic film, "Cinema Paradiso," Palermo was a major location featuring prominently in this beautiful film.