Italy: Instructions for Use: The Personal, On-site Assistant for the Enthusiastic but Inexperienced Traveler

Italy: Instructions for Use: The Personal, On-site Assistant for the Enthusiastic but Inexperienced Traveler

by Nan McElroy
     
 

A Thomas Guide Italy 2005 recommendation!

Leaving enticing introductions and lush descriptions to other guides, this concise, in-depth pocket compendium addresses the host of inevitable how-to and what-now questions all independent travelers discover on their never-ending, ever-confounding search for La Dolce Vita.

As any independent traveler knows,

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A Thomas Guide Italy 2005 recommendation!

Leaving enticing introductions and lush descriptions to other guides, this concise, in-depth pocket compendium addresses the host of inevitable how-to and what-now questions all independent travelers discover on their never-ending, ever-confounding search for La Dolce Vita.

As any independent traveler knows, you'll spend hours poring over web sites choosing destinations, booking hotels and rental cars, even noting the plethora of hints and tips offered on the many well-heeled Web sites. But because you're not yet familiar with the energizing, if sometimes overwhelming ways of Italian daily life, you'll ultimately have no idea what to expect until you arrive. Written by an American Italian travel consultant who speaks the language, organizes travelers' time in Italy, and lives Italian life a minimum of six months per year, this COLOR illustrated pocket guide is packed with the most current, pertinent advice available. No matter what you destination in Italy, you'll find complete, specific information on:


. In-depth considerations when planning and preparing
 . Easy-to-understand language pronunciation guide
 . Eating, drinking, ordering, tipping
 . Driving (with color road sign illustrations)
 . Phoning (local, international and cell calls)
 . Understanding Italian train system
 . Shopping, shipping, and getting your VAT refund
 . Vocabulary in context, Italian to English, and vice-versa
 . Tourist information resources


This elegant little guide is designed for easy reference; it’s portable, illustrated, color-coded, and includes an extensive appendix, index, and an English/Italian vocabulary in two forms (along with a lesson in pronunciation). Attractive as it is useful, Italy: Instructions for Use is an indispensable pocket guide, and an ideal companion to any other guidebook.

Just remember: when all else fails, read the Instructions!

From the Publisher
"Practical, concise, and thorough, Nan’s guide is an ambitious attempt at breaking down the intricacies of getting around in a country where regulations are interpretable and never set in stone!" Nicole Franchini, author of Karen Brown’s Charming Bed & Breakfasts, Italy.

No art. No history. No hotels. No restaurants. This is logistic Italy from the inside out: the indispensable, in-depth compendium containing the keys to stress-free travel. From preparation to the return flight home, this is the only guide dedicated to the practicalities of Italian travel, designed to provide the specific, angst-relieving, relationship-saving information you need, at the moment you need it.

Explore Italy joyously & fearlessly, with expert knowledge at your fingertips!

From the Author
Everything about Italy intrigued me from the first moment I arrived in Venice in 1995. However, with as much preparation as I had done for my travels, on my arrival I was astounded by what I still didn't understand. The result was a myriad of errors that cost me both time and money -- the two most precious resources on my twelve-day sojourn.

My subsequent travels have allowed me develop a host of Italian friends and professional contacts, along with an evolving and specific understanding of how Italy works. The resulting pocket guidebook contains all the information I wish I'd had when I first traveled here, designed to assist Americans in particular in making the most of their limited time in this spectacular and enticing country. Vi auguro un belissimo viaggio!

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Editorial Reviews

Don Groff
"An outstanding little guide...[this] 110 page, pocket-size book has scads of info on how things are done... "
Newark Star-Ledger
Louisville Courier Journal
"McElroy's "instruction book" really hits the mark. Like American Express, don't leave home without it!"
Midwest Book Review
"A simple guidebook offering a wealth of basic travel advice, Pocket-sized for easy carrying, Italy: Instructions For Use is a simple guidebook offering a wealth of basic travel advice organized so that one can consult it for quick answers to common questions, anywhere, anytime. Color-coded sections further speed up one's ability to find answers swiftly. Italy: Instructions for Use is not a conventional travel manuel with hotel and restaurant listings; it focuses especially upon culture shock and other problems, from how to get around to dealing with the post office, changing currency and much more. Italy: Instructions For Use is a "must-have" reference before sojourning into Italy, for business or for pleasure."
Sons of Italy
"This is a truly remarkable little book. I lived in Italy for ten years...this book truly has it all!"
Dona di Sanctis, Deputy Exective Director
The Travel Consumer
"Once in a while a perfect travel resource gets sent to me for review. This is one of those..."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781885436306
Publisher:
Illustrata, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/2004
Pages:
109
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 4.26(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range:
3 Months

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