Pauline Frommer's Italy

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Spend Less and See More in Italy

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If you'd like to get the most out of your dollar and your trip, this is the guide for you. I put a fresh spin on budget travel, showing you how to see the best for less and how to see it in a more authentic way--the way the locals do.

Instead of spending $300 a night for a chain hotel, why not stay in a ...

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Spend Less and See More in Italy

Are You Ready to Travel Smart?

If you'd like to get the most out of your dollar and your trip, this is the guide for you. I put a fresh spin on budget travel, showing you how to see the best for less and how to see it in a more authentic way--the way the locals do.

Instead of spending $300 a night for a chain hotel, why not stay in a light-filled apartment in Rome's historical Trastevere neighborhood from just $125 or in one of Italy's monasteries for as little as $35?

Or how about enjoying a plate of hearty appetizers at Venice's Cantino do Mori, so you can splurge on Paolo Senni's tagliata di fesa di vitella at Cane & Gato in Sienna?

Let me show you the "other" Italy--the one only insiders know about. Take a one-day paper marbling class in Venice or learn to cook the perfect rag? in Bologna. These are only a few of the great ways to get closer to the culture of Italy. Read on for more!

Happy Travels,
Pauline Frommer
www.frommers.com/pauline
Winner of Best Guidebook for 2006 from the North American Travel Journalists Association (Pauline Frommer's New York City)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471778608
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/7/2006
  • Series: Pauline Frommer Guides Series , #1
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 1.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Born, bred, and living in South Africa, Keith Bain holds a doctorate in contemporary cinema studies. He has enjoyed such diverse activities as stage acting, skydiving, trance-partying, and bungee-jumping (although the latter, only once). He is passionate about travel, and when he’s not exploring the world in search of social and cultural adventure, he lectures at a film school in Johannesburg. Keith is a co-author of Frommer’s India and is a contributor to the most recent edition of Frommer’s South Africa.

Reid Bramblett is the author of 10 guidebooks––7 of them to Italy, where he has lived on and off since the age of 11. He writes the weekly “The Intrepid Traveler” adventure column and is a contributing editor to Budget Travel magazine and Concierge. com. A Philadelphia native, he now lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he maintains the award-winning Reidsguides.com, recommended by CNN, USA Today, and National Geographic Traveler.

Pippa de Bruyn is an award-winning journalist, seasoned travel writer (author of Frommer’s South Africa and Frommer’s India), and oenophile (contributor to John Platter’s South African Wine Guide). Her toughest assignment? Trying to fit the sybaritic pleasures of the Italian Riviera into 35 pages.

Bill Fink is a freelance writer based in San Francisco, covering topics ranging from trash-dump volleyball in Burma to helicopter-skiing in Nevada. His writing appears regularly in the San Francisco Chronicle and other publications, including Travelers’ Tales Guides 30 Days in Italy and The Best Travel Writing 2006.

American freelance writer Barbie Latza Nadeau has been based in Rome since 1996. She writes for a variety of publications including Newsweek, Budget Travel, and the World Monument Fund’s ICON.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

1 The Best of Italy.

The Best of the Best.

The Best Eats.

The Best Churches.

The Best Non-Ecclesiastical Architectural Sights.

The Best Museums.

The Best Travel Experiences.

The Best of the “Other” Italy.

2 Rome: Where All Roads Lead.

Don’t Leave Rome Without.

A Brief History of Rome.

Lay of the Land.

Getting There & Around.

Accommodations, Both Standard & Not.

Dining for All Tastes.

Why You’re Here: The Top Sights & Attractions.

The Other Rome.

Shopping.

Nightlife.

Side Trips from Rome.

3 Florence: Great City of the Renaissance.

Don’t Leave Florence Without.

A Brief History of Florence.

Lay of the Land.

Getting There & Around.

Accommodations, Both Standard & Not.

Dining for All Tastes.

Why You’re Here: The Top Sights & Attractions.

The Other Florence.

Shopping.

Nightlife.

4 Tuscany.

Lucca.

Pisa.

San Gimignano.

Chianti Country.

Siena.

Arezzo.

5 Umbria.

Perugia.

Orvieto.

Assisi.

Todi.

Spoleto.

Gubbio.

6 Bologna & Emilia-Romagna.

Don’t Leave Bologna Without.

A Brief History of Bologna.

Lay of the Land.

Accommodations, Both Standard & Not.

Dining for All Tastes.

Why You’re Here: The Top Sights & Attractions.

The Other Bologna.

Nightlife.

Side Trips from Bologna.

7 Venice.

Don’t Leave Venice Without.

A Brief History of Venice.

Lay of the Land.

Accommodations, Both Standard & Not.

Dining for All Tastes.

Why You’re Here: The Top Sights & Attractions.

The Other Venice.

Shopping.

Nightlife.

Island Hopping to Murano, Burano & Torcello.

8 Padua, Verona & the Dolomites.

Padua.

Verona.

Cortina d’Ampezzo.

9 Milan & the Lake District.

Don’t Leave Milan & the Lake District Without.

Milan.

The Lake District.

10 Turin & the Alps.

Turin.

Courmayeur & Mont Blanc.

11 The Cinque Terre, the Portofino Promontory & Genoa.

Don’t Leave the Ligurian Coast Without.

The Cinque Terre National Park.

The Portofino Promontory.

Genoa.

12 Naples, Pompeii & the Amalfi Coast.

Don’t Leave Naples Without.

A Brief History of Naples.

Lay of the Land.

Getting Around.

Accommodations, Both Standard & Not.

Dining for All Tastes.

Why You’re Here: The Top Sights & Attractions.

The Other Naples.

Shopping.

Nightlife.

Day Trips from Naples.

Side Trips to the Amalfi Coast & Nearby Islands.

13 The Bucolic Charms of Puglia.

Don’t Leave Puglia Without.

A Brief History of Puglia.

Lay of the Land.

The North.

The South.

The Other Puglia: Gallipoli.

14 Sicily.

Don’t Leave Sicily Without.

A Brief History of Sicily.

Lay of the Land.

Getting on & off the Island.

Getting Around the Island.

Palermo.

Cefalù.

Aeolian Islands.

Western Sicily: Trapani Province.

Agrigento.

Ragusa.

Siracusa.

Catánia & Mt. Etna.

Taormina.

Central Sicily.

15 The Essentials of Planning.

When to Visit.

Entry Requirements.

Getting There.

Getting a Good Deal.

Travel Insurance.

Money Matters.

Health & Safety.

Specialized Travel Resources.

Recommended Reading.

Italian Films.

16 Italy: A Closer Look.

The Cuisine of Italy.

The Art & Architecture of Italy.

A Brief History of Italy.

Index.

General Index.

Accommodations Index.

Restaurant Index.

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    Simply the best

    Well written and researched, this book takes you to the truly authentic restaurants that the other guides miss. I also loved all the unusual (and affordable) accommodations choices and ended up renting an amazing apartment in Rome for much less than I would have paid for a hotel room through this book. I also got Rick Steves, but ended up ditching it as this one was much better (I always ran into other tourists at the places Steves recommended)

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