Do not go to Rome without this book! I read this book before going and was able to get an idea of what Rome was about, but when I arrived, this book did not leave my hands! This guide divides Rome into sections. We set out agenda according to sections in the book. The street-by-street map was invaluable and we were never lost. I am the worst with directions, but I knew extactly where I was during each day. With the maps, I navigated instead of my husband! The cut aways and guides to the various museums and attractions were also invaluable. We were able to walk into any attraction and know what the star features were and not have to miss a thing. We did not have to buy the extra tour books in each museum because our Eyewitness Guide gave us all the information we need and then some. Not only was I the navigator, but I was our personal tour guide. With the book, I was able to read out loud to my husband and tell him about everything we saw in Rome. There were many other...
There is no such thing as the perfect guidebook, but after 13 years of using them I've been most impressed by the Eyewitness series. I used this book in college when I went to Rome for 6 weeks, the London book when I lived in the UK for two years, and I bought the latest edition of the Rome and Florence books this year for my Italian honeymoon. I also brought along Rick Steves and Blue Guide to field-test them, but I used Eyewitness the most by a long shot. Rick Steves is very good for practical travel tips, but little else. Blue Guides are very good for historical/artistic/architectural detail, but they can be cumbersome and aren't the easiest to use while traveling. I made a point to notice which guides other travelers were using around Italy, and I saw Eyewitness guides far more than any other, carried in an amazing variety of language editions by travelers from all over the world.
Eyewitness guides are colorful, filled with photos, easy to carry, user-friendly, and...
This book contains a wealth of information about Rome. However, it was not exactly what I expected when I ordered the book. I was thinking more along the lines of tons of detailed traveler's hints on where to stay, how to get there and how much it costs. That information is definitely available, but more in the sense of secondary information towards the back of the book.
The main thrust of this book is the immense wealth of detailed information of what a person will see inside of the major buildings, etc., as well as a tremendous historical base for the country/city/region.
At times, the amount of general information is almost overwhelming, and it was almost daunting to make myself read it all before leaving on our trip. However, once we actually arrived in Rome, I found the book to be quite valuable. Many of the fold out-maps of different sectors of Rome were invaluable.
Ferreting out the nitty-gritty information for general tourism in Rome...
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