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by Adele Evans,Ian O'Leary,Susi Cheshire,Elinor Hodgson,Gillian Arthur
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    Adele Evans,Ian O'Leary,Susi Cheshire,Elinor Hodgson,Gillian Arthur
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    DK Eyewitness Travel; Annual, Reprint edition (November 15, 2010)
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Eyewitness Travel Guide: Italy leads you straight to the best attractions Italy's kaleidoscope of regions has to offer. Packed with photographs, illustrations and detailed maps the guide explores every facet that makes the country irresistible — from the Alps in the north to the sun-blessed Mediterranean shores of the south. This guide provides all the insider tips every visitor needs, from soaking up the romance of Verona, basking in the warm evening sun in Tuscany, or gaping at the ancient ruins lining the streets of Rome. There are comprehensive listings of the best hotels, villas, resorts, restaurants, and nightlife in each region for all budgets, as well as 3D cutaways and floor-plans of all the must-see sites plus street-by-street maps of the major cities and towns. DK's Eyewitness Travel Guide: Italy explores the history, classical origins, architecture and art of this stylish and charismatic country — and still finds room to recommend a wine to go with the risi e bisi or the maccheroni con le sarde. With up-to-date information on getting around by train, boat, car, walking in cities and all the sights, beaches, and resorts listed town by town, Eyewitness Travel Guide: Italy is truly indispensable.

This book contains a wealth of information about Italy. 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 in the major regions, cities and inside 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 Italy, I found the book to be quite valuable. Many of the fold out-maps of different cities / sectors were invaluable.

Ferreting out the nitty-gritty information for general tourism in Italy wasn't as easy as I had expected when I bought the book, but it was there, and extremely helpful.

If you're looking for an over-all book that tells you everything you've ever wondered about Italy, from ancient to present times, a book that has detailed pictures and descriptions of WHAT you will see in the various tourist attractions, plus a wealth of general tourism information about Italy, this is your book. If you just want a cut and dried catalogue of places, directions and prices, this book will frustrate you.
The Good:
- Beautiful pictures, drawings and maps highlight all the major attractions in Italy

- Book is organized by region, and is relatively easy to follow along

- Loaded with interesting facts about Italy, each region and each main attraction. This includes history, tips and useful facts.

- Nice touchs like 2 pages of common Italian words/phrases, breakdowns on everything from how to read a road sign to the Euro currency.

The Bad:
- Cumbersome to read - reads like a text book

- Hotel recommendations are difficult to use. Not a big deal, because I prefer Trip Advisor for my hotel recommendations anyways.

- Limited info on where to eat

- Limited "candid" info on where to go, what is worth your time and what isn't. I've read Rick Steve's website, and I like how he tells you candidly what you should see in Italy given X number of days. That is helpful and is missing from this book.

The Verdict:
Loaded with useful info and beautiful images, this book will prove a good resource while on your trip; however, don't count on this book to help you fully plan your trip. It will give you some ideas to get started, but for finalizing trip details, I'd recommended reading Rick Steve's website, Trip Advisor, etc.
I found this book useful for helping me target in on the areas I'd be most interested in visiting. Perusing the overview maps and many little photos of the attractions quickly gives you an idea what to expect in each region. It's a great starting point for planning your vacation to Italy. It has all the contact info you need to further track down or get specific information on hotels/attractions.

Once you look thru the book and have an idea on the specific regions you want to visit I'd suggest getting a book just targeted in on that region as you'll get more detailed information on the hotels/restaurants/attractions in that area that way. This book as to not be thousands of pages just briefly describes attractions and as for hotels/restaurants it mostly just gives you a star rating. If you want to do leg work yourself though it may be all you need as it does provide web links and phone numbers where you can get more details on each.
We took this book with us to Italy and used it every day. It was very accurate as to maps and sights, and recommendations were worth the time it took to find the different sights. Italy is beautiful enough, and has enough churches and museums and countryside for anyone to see without a guide book, but this allowed us to pinpoint the most famous, and most important sights, and blend them in with our ramblings and self-found treasures. I love Eyewitness Travel guides - I try to get one for every big trip we make, and have NEVER been disappointed in the guides. Beautiful, color photos make the books a joy to read and browse thru in the months and weeks before our travels. I have several waiting on the shelf for travels yet to come! Truly beautiful, well written guidebooks - you can't go wrong with these.
I cannot remember how many times I have recommended this book, not only my clients, but to my Italian course students, as well as people traveling to Italy in general. I have written numerous reviews about this book on Amazon and will continue to do so. I have given this book as a gift to many clients who have traveled to Italy with me. It has great travel advice, wonderful pictures, and good historical and cultural notes for each region of the 'boot'. It is very accurate and tells people the main things they should know about each area.
It's a great book for those completely lost about planning a trip, especially their first trip. If you've been wanting to go to Italy, but aren't sure about where, this book will help you out. It's quite heavy, so I would not recommend traveling with it.
Other good books are Rick Steves' Rick Steves' Italy 2009 (Rick Steves)and Italy for Dummies Italy For Dummies (Dummies Travel), they both have good advice on traveling to Italy. You can also visit my website for some travel tips.