Italy Guide (Open Road Travel Guide Series)

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Italy Guide shows you how to have a great time in the Eternal City of Rome, the wondrous canals of Venice, the magnificent art and architecture of Florence, plus in-depth treatment of Umbria, Tuscany, Naples and the Amalfi Coast, Capri, Bologna, the Cinque Terre, Milan, Genoa, Pisa, Turin, Alpine Italy, Sicily and so much more - including a special section on the 2006 Winter Olympics.
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Overview

Italy Guide shows you how to have a great time in the Eternal City of Rome, the wondrous canals of Venice, the magnificent art and architecture of Florence, plus in-depth treatment of Umbria, Tuscany, Naples and the Amalfi Coast, Capri, Bologna, the Cinque Terre, Milan, Genoa, Pisa, Turin, Alpine Italy, Sicily and so much more - including a special section on the 2006 Winter Olympics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593600174
  • Publisher: Open Road Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/22/2004
  • Series: Open Road Travel Guides Series
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 15
2. Overview 16
3. Suggested Itineraries 21
The Perfect Three Days 21
The Perfect Four Days 24
The Perfect Seven Days 24
4. Land & People 27
Land 27
People 29
Useful Phrases 31
5. A Short History 38
6. Planning Your Trip 50
Climate & Weather 50
When to Go 50
What to Pack 51
Making Airline Reservations 52
Passport Regulations 53
Vaccinations 54
Travel Insurance 54
Customs Regulations 54
Flying to Italy 55
Discount Travel Agents 55
Courier Flights 56
Accommodations 57
What to Expect at Hotels 57
Making Reservations 57
Hotel Prices 57
Hotel Rating System 58
Agriturismo 5
Mountain Refuges 59
Renting Villas & Apartments 60
Youth Hostels 61
Getting Around Italy 61
By Air 61
By Bicycle 61
By Bus 62
By Car 62
By Hiking 64
By Train 64
7. Basic Information 68
Banking 68
Lost or Stolen Credit Cards 68
Business Hours 69
Currency - The Euro 69
Electricity 70
Express Couriers 70
Gypsies 70
Health Concerns 71
Italian Government Tourist Offices 71
Newspapers & Magazines 71
Pets 71
Postal Service 72
Restaurant Hours 72
Safety & Avoiding Trouble 72
Taxis 73
Telephones & Fax 73
Time 75
Tipping 75
Weights & Measures 75
Websites of Interest 76
'Where Rome' 77
Women Travelers 77
Yellow Pages 78
8. Sports & Recreation 79
Golf 79
Hunting & Fishing 79
Skiing 80
Spectator Sports 80
Tennis 81
Water Sports 81
9. Shopping 82
Tax-Free Shopping 83
Clothing Sizes 83
Key Shopping & Bargaining Phrases 85
When to Bargain 85
What You're Allowed to Bring Back Through Customs 85
10. Culture & Arts 87
From Etruscans to the Renaissance 87
Renaissance Painting 88
Renaissance Sculpture 89
Music 90
Regional & National Folk Festivals 91
Crafts 92
Literature 93
11. Food & Drink 94
Food 94
Restaurant Listings in this Book 95
Wine 96
Order Like a Native: Reading an Italian Menu 96
Deciphering a Restaurant Bill 98
12. Best Places to Stay 99
Rome 99
Florence 101
Venice 103
Courmayeur 103
Positano 104
Capri 104
Perugia 105
Orvieto 105
Milan 106
13. Rome 107
Arrivals & Departures 109
Getting Around Town 112
Where To Stay 118
Where To Eat 135
Seeing the Sights 153
Nightlife & Entertainment 197
Sports & Recreation 201
Shopping 247
Excursions & Day Trips 209
Tivoli Gardens 209
Castel Gandolpho 261
Frascati 211
Cerveteri 215
Ostia Antica 216
Rural Retreats Around Rome 218
Practical Information 220
14. Florence & Tuscany 230
A Florence Itinerary 234
Arrivals & Departures 238
Getting Around Town 241
Where To Stay 242
Where To Eat 259
Seeing the Sights 271
Nightlife & Entertainment 293
Sports & Recreation 294
Shopping 295
Practical Information 299
Elsewhere in Tuscany 302
Pisa 302
Lucca 310
Siena 316
Fiesole 325
San Gimignano 329
Cortona 335
Montepulciano 338
Bologna Excursion 343
15. Umbria 354
Perugia 357
Deruta 371
Spoleto 372
Gubbio 379
Todi 387
Orvieto 393
Assisi 400
16. Venice 408
Arrivals & Departures 411
Orientation 412
Getting Around Town 413
A Venice Itinerary 415
Where To Stay 418
Where To Eat 433
Seeing the Sights 443
Nightlife & Entertainment 454
Sports & Recreation 455
Shopping 456
Excursions & Day Trips 458
Murano 458
Burano 459
Torcello 461
San Michele 462
Practical Information for Venice 462
Elsewhere Near Venice
Verona 464
Lago di Garda (Lake Garda) 472
Sirmione 473
Riva del Garda 475
17. Bay of Naples, Capri & The Amalfi Coast 477
Naples 477
Pompeii & Herculaneum 495
Capri 500
Sorrento 506
The Amalfi Coast 509
Salerno 510
Positano 513
Amalfi 516
Ravello 519
18. Genoa & The Italian Riviera 523
Genoa 523
The Italian Riviera 536
Savona 537
San Remo 539
Golfo Tigullio & The Cinque Terre 543
Portofino 544
Santa Margherita Ligure 546
Rapallo 549
Sestri Levante 551
Cinque Terre 555
19. Milan & The Lake Region 559
Milan 559
The Lake Region 578
Lake Maggiore 580
Stresa 581
Borromean Islands 584
Verbania 585
Lake Como 587
Bellagio 590
20. Alpine Italy 592
Aosta 593
Courmayeur 598
Bolzano 601
Merano 608
Bormio 614
21. Torino & The 2006 Winter Olympics 619
Turin 619
The 2006 Winter Olympics 632
Bardonnecchia 632
Pinerolo 633
Sauze d'Oulx 634
Sestiere 634
22. Sicily 636
Arrivals & Departures 639
Climate & Weather 639
Getting Around Sicily 640
Basic Information 641
Palermo 642
Trapani 652
Erice 657
Agrigento 660
Siracusa 664
Index 673
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2004

    An Expert Guide to Italy

    'The Italy Guide is a gem of a book for first time visitors as well as experienced travelers. Mr. Morris' books contain all the information you'll need to have a great vacation in Italy. Ignore the glut of travel books filling store shelves, The Italy Guide is the only one you'll need.' - Paul Rosetti, Editor, The Italian Tribune, www.ItalianTribune.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2004

    Italy Guide

    As someone who has traveled to Italy frequently for over 30 years, I thought I knew the country well. Doug Morris' Italy Guide helped me get to know it better. Filled with tasty restaurants, charming hotels, and memorable sights, for a great vacation to arguably the world's most fascinating country, I highly recommend the Italy Guide.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2004

    THE Guide

    It's like a guide from a good friend, with really good taste in restuarants,wine, and who knows how to economize.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2004

    OUTSTANDING GUIDE BOOK

    On a scale of one to five the Italy Guide should be a six because the author¿s writing sparkles with humor and wit which makes it not only a fun book to read but it's also a book chock full of useful information for anyone traveling to Italy. We valued the Italy Guide while visiting there but we¿ve also given it to friends who could not travel. They enjoyed reading the descriptive paragraphs and felt like they were on a tour. The book contains an adequate amount of historical material which helps the reader understand why certain areas of the country differ dramatically from others. Throughout the book there are excellent descriptions of hotels, restaurants, art treasures, good shopping locations, and virtually everything one needs to get the most from a visit to Italy. If you¿re pressed for time, the book contains sample itineraries which highlight the most important things to do or see. Mr. Morris¿s paragraphs are alive with energy when he describes places and sights he thinks you¿ll enjoy because he lived in Italy for many years and he knows what is interesting and worthwhile. Consequently he uses his first-class flair with words to aim you in the right direction. It is a pleasure for us to recognize the hard work and sound judgment that went into this book and we thank Doug Morris for writing it. We highly recommend it to all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2004

    Well researched, accurate maps, very up-to-date Travel Guide

    My trip to Sud Tirol was wonderful. The hotels and restaurants recommended in Mr. Morris' book were fabulous. His suggestions allowed me to visit some of Italy's less touristy areas. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2004

    Very helpful indeed!

    I have used this guide every time I return to Italy. It was written by my brother and I felt sure that I knew Italy as well as he did--well, I was wrong: His guide is thoroughly researched and he has discovered many new and interesting things to see and do while not missing any of the normal sights for a first time visitor. The author returns to Italy a couple of times a year for updates to the guide and to follow up leads given him by readers. I envy him, but I know that he will have turned up something new for me to visit or experience on my next trip to Italy. I do, however, wish that he would give what is, to me, the best restaurant in the world a mention: La Cantinetta di Rignana.(They have a web-site.) Getting to the restaurant is half the fun: the trek begins just off the highway between Florence and Sienna and continues through a lovely medieval town and down a dirt road. Once there, the view and food will blow you away. Well worth the trip. And this book is well worth the price.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2004

    Places I Never Would Have Found

    My family and I recently travelled to Italy. We bought a number of guide books, but Mr. Morris' Italy Guide proved the most useful. We found many wonderful out of the way restaurants and sights to visit. Most were not mentioned in the other more 'mainstream' guides. We can't wait to go back!

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