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MTV Italy (MTV Guides) Paperback – October 16, 2006

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Native Californian Sylvie Hogg (Lead writer, The Basics, Rome & Lazio, Florence & Tuscany, Umbria, Bologna/Emilia-Romagna, Venice & the Veneto, Naples & Campania, Sicily chapters) moved to Rome after graduating from Dartmouth and spent five fabulous years working as a tour guide and travel writer. She now lives in New York City and writes about Italy for several publications in the US and UK. She loves rock n’ roll, and is always planning her next trip. She is the author of Frommer’s Irreverent Guide to Rome and Frommer’s Rome Day by Day.

Brad Archer (The Basics) lives in New York City, where he currently does International Marketing for MTV and can be found singing with the Juilliard Choral Union, daydreaming by the Hudson, or out on the live music circuit.

South African-Canadian Taryn Firkser (Venice & the Veneto, Liguria & the Italian Rivera, Naples & Campania chapters) has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and a Master’s degree in Tibetan Studies and hopes to one day make a career of traveling the world.

Budget-airline jetsetter Anne Laurella (Bologna & Emilia-Romagna, Sicily chapters) divides her time between her native Stockholm, Sweden, and Rome. She can be spotted lounging on the beach in Sicily or eating prosciutto with her partner-in-crime, Sylvie. Anne recently launched her own editorial company.

Andre Legaspi (Florence & Tuscany, Umbria, Bologna & Emilia-Romagna chapters) was born and raised in Queens, New York and attended McGill University in Montreal, where he wrote CD reviews and covered the music scene.

John Moretti (Florence & Tuscany, Venice & the Veneto, Milan & the Lakes chapters), has written for The International Herald Tribune, The Independent on Sunday, Italy Daily, New York Sun, The Associated Press, and FT Online. He’s also the author of Frommer’s Florence, Tuscany & Umbria.

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Product Details

  • Series: MTV Guides (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: *Frommers; 1 edition (October 16, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764587714
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764587719
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,632,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Julia V. Porrino on March 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
i like the other reviewers thought the fact that mtv could help me have a good time was curious. i bought three other travel guides to italy including let's go, lonely planet, and frommers. the mtv guide is the one i literally carried with me through the country. such large easy to read maps. for partying in rome and florence i just ripped them out and circled which numbers were the ones i wanted to hit up. wanna know the best place to play beer pong in florence? yeah that'd be the red garter. all the food info was such the major scoop. obviously pizza is everywhere but discovered the best slices in town in rome with this guide. i also liked that they would say what to skip an is overrated, good times to go, and random trivia on the side linears. and i thought it'd be really heavy on techno clubs and just partying in general but there was more detail in the history of ancient rome in this book than all other three books combines. including the greatest walking tour of the roman forum ever, which was basically step to your right this pile of stone you're looking at was once the vestal virgins house. i do throw out the precationary that i bought the mtv spain book and was dissapointed but for italy this was the best guide there could be.
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I picked this book up thinking I would laugh at the ridiculous petty advice and "MTV Book" would give. WRONG. So very very wrong. Just flipping through it initially, I knew it would serve me well for my 2 months in Italy. This guidebook isn't your typical, stuffy "tourist book" (geared at senior travelers usually)....it is divided into regions and cities, and offers the usual info re: main sites, train info, general cost etc.....as well as ESSENTIAL bits for students or those trvaeling solo. Internet points (accurate, although some hours of operation were off, but it happens), laundromats, places to rent cell phones, cheap food, snack food, best places to party [if you prefer to party with your fellow Americans,,,,or, like me, if you want to avoid them!] general club rules, clothing style (up to date) etc....I also enjoyed that each section contained its own "occhio!"....which essentially is a word of warning about their own negative points/seedy sections. Each region of Italy is very different from another, and this book illustrates this VERY WELL. I would say this is a MUST WN for anyone who will be spending more than a week or 2 in Italy.
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This book was recommended by a friend. It has very good reviews and recommendations. Since it is a few years old, the prices are a little out of date, but I just added a couple of Euro to whatever they listed and it was pretty accurate. Two of the places I tried to find had closed, so I would recommend calling before you go. Overall though, this was a great book to use while I was in Italy. It was my first time to Italy and this was the book I took with me. The hotel recommendations were spot on. I stayed in an especially nice place in Sorrento they suggested, Hotel Savoia. Really great inn, with fantastic staff. I would probably look for an updated book if I go back to Italy, or at least use it as a base for recommendations. Very helpful!
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