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Fodor's Italy by Fodor's

Fodor's Italy

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Fodor's really are the best travel books. I also had Eyewitness Travel for Italy and found myself leaving that one in the hotel in favor of Fodor's. Fodor has more practical tips. I loved the breakdown of architectural styles for Venice and the instructions for taking the vaporetto and buying travel cards. Also has a great breakdown of the towns along the Cinque Terre. Great guide! ( )
  ShavonJones | Nov 22, 2012 |
A heavy block-of-a-book on the outside, Fodor’s Italy 2009 (from the Full-Color Gold series) is packed with informative, well-organized and pleasingly presented material inside.

The entirety of Italy is an ambitious scope and Fodor’s tackles it, with depth and breadth, according to geography: Rome; then northern Italy (e.g. Venice, Milan, et al); central Italy (Florence, Tuscany, and others); and southern Italy (Naples, Sicily, etc.). Each area gets some history, local culture, color photographs, and transportation info; but the emphasis is on vetted recommendations for sites/attractions, restaurants, lodging, entertainment and shopping. In urban areas, accompanying maps and charts convert the text into at-a-glance summaries.

I especially like the suggestions for walking and driving tours, and the “Need a Break?” recommendations for places to pause for a glass of wine, sandwich, pastry or gelato. The only odd and iffy aspect is the inclusion of “Word of Mouth” quotes from Fodor’s online community of travelers -- mostly vacuous comments attributed only by screename -- that might fit on a casual website but strike a discord with this text’s otherwise polished tone. Overall, the book’s scope (and 960-page weight!) suit it best to armchair travel or as a starting point and planning tool -- indeed, I went from casual familiarity to an enthusiastic interest in visiting Italy as I read through this terrific guidebook. ( )
  DetailMuse | Feb 5, 2009 |
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TRAVEL & HOLIDAY GUIDES. This Gold Guide edition is packed with all the insights, tips, and planning tools readers need to guarantee a spectacular trip. Includes a pullout map.

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