Streetwise Rome Map - Laminated City Center Street Map of Rome, Italy - Folding pocket size travel map with metro map, subway Map – Folded Map, January 1, 2015
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- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- ISBN-10 : 1931257027
- ISBN-13 : 978-1931257022
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.25 x 4.25 inches
- Publisher : Streetwise Maps (January 1, 2015)
- Map : 1 pages
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #709,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Secondly, the map splits ancient Rome to the South from the main central region. You have to continually flip the map over which is frustrating. Also, the map is just plain wrong in a few areas- showing "green parks" where there are none, and not showing some of the smaller roads and alleyways. Of course, your free tourist maps aren't much better in this regard, and the only reason this ranks a second star is because it was handy as a supplement (for compare and contrast purposes) to the free map from my hotel. Between the two, I could get anywhere.
Finally, the map is large enough that you cannot stuff it in a pocket and have it be invisible. You will have to carry it either in a purse or day-pack, or be OK with it sticking out of your pocket. Because I prefer to not look too touristy (not be a target), I personally prefer to not carry a day-pack, and like quick access from a pocket. For that reason this map annoyed me because everyone could see a map sticking out of my pocket, immediately identifying me as a tourist.
If these things are things that seem important to you, you may want to just grab a new free map from your hotel front desk each morning. Ask the person at the desk to circle your points of interest for the day and you'll save yourself some time, money, and frustration.
I started using Streetwise maps in 1996 with New York City, and my collection now includes cities across the U.S. and Europe-- they're my favorites for a reason!
The not as good-considering the vast number of free maps available from the ; hotels, money exchangers,and any other place you look if you are on a budget then this is a waste of money. The street names don't a match 100%, but this is an Italian issue with how they name things as much as the map. The map is really only the city center, and could saved a lot of hassle if it was just an inch bigger.
The Bad- "Rome Museum"- That sounded really cool and we spent 1.5 hours looking for it. It is on the map, clear as day and it DOES NOT EXISTS. We talked to locals, and even a couple tour group leaders that were with other people and they all said they never head of it. We when in and out of every building in a 3 block radius. What a huge waste of time. It's not like it recently closed, it NEVER existed, and there isn't even one by that name anywhere and there are not ANY museums in that area. We bumped into the "Bocca della Verità" while looking for the fake Rome Museum, so at least that was good.
In summary, the free maps will be just as good or better, but make sure you have a couple maps with you because of weird street names or different scales on the maps may help you navigate. If you knew for sure it was going to rain or you would be getting wet, then this would be a great map.
The problems started when we finally arrived and started using it. Some of the buildings on the map face the wrong direction, so we kept getting lost and going the wrong way. Now, I'm not exactly the best eagle scout out there, but I can usually find my way. I picked up a local paper map and managed much better. They had detail down to the various statues in each piazza that were visual cues as to where you were.
Overall I was disappointed with this map. A free paper map from the hotel was better.
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The format of the map is robust enough to be carried in a pocket or handbag
1.They are laminated so naything split on them easily wipes off
2.Use a dry wipe marker pen and rub off as you plot various points
3.They pack in the key map stuff for the city in question