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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!
Winner of Best Guidebook for 2006 from the North American Travel Journalists Association (Pauline Frommer's New York City)
1 The Best of Italy.
2 Rome: Where All Roads Lead.
3 Florence: Great City of the Renaissance.
6 Bologna & Emilia-Romagna.
8 Padua, Verona & the Dolomites.
9 Milan & the Lake District.
10 Turin & the Alps.
11 The Cinque Terre, the Portofino Promontory & Genoa.
12 Naples, Pompeii & the Amalfi Coast.
13 Lecce & the Bucolic Charms of Puglia.
15 The Essentials of Planning.
16 Italy: A Closer Look.
Posted August 2, 2009
Happily showing hotels and restaurants less than 5 stars, but one of the resturants at least in Bologna was really serving only spirits and little snacks. Book panned Milan, said just stay a day and half. That's pretty superficial. I wanted more restaurant indications, but the hotel information was good.
Maybe using this in coordination with a standard, "not budget" Fodors or other book would give the best results.
Posted July 12, 2009
I had never been to Italy before. My husband and I planned a trip to Tuscany and Florence to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. This book did a great job giving some helpful hints and off the beaten path suggestions that helped us prioritize our time and what we wanted to see and do, in a very readable, user-friendly format.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 30, 2009
Loved it. Fun to read & easy to use as reference. Each time we went to a new town, her book was the first we turned to out of all the ones we had with us. And thanks to her, we found Ortygia!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 18, 2009
We bought this book as a supplement to Rick Steves, because we repeatedly find ourselves in Italy and are looking for new suggestions for dining, sights, etc.
This book covered topics and areas not mentioned in Steves, like Lake Como, an Italian resort area, which we were visiting for 4 days. I couldn't find any reference to the Lake District in Rick Steves. So, this book was obviously useful for visiting the Lake District, but it mislead us on at least one occasion there, when it recommended Isola Cumachina as a nice place to visit for 4-5 hours (once you get off the boat, you're committed to spending either 1 1/4 or 4 1/2 hours, because the boat only comes by a few times a day). The island was tiny: we walked around it in 20 minutes. It had only 2 buildings: a church closed for renovation and a restaurant. It doesn't appear that anyone lives on the island. We had brought a lunch since the book said there was no restaurant, just a snack shop. We finished that, and caught the early boat back.
We were also unhappy with one of the restaurant recommendations in Rome; we went to a restaurant that was billed as very Italian with great food, but they seemed unhappy with us, stuck us in a back room, spoke no English (even my wife, who speaks enough Italian to get by, had trouble getting through to our waiter; she said he wasn't really trying). We decided Ms. Frommer's restaurant recommendations might work better for Italians visiting Rome or dining with Italian friends than for Americans.
Other than those two experiences, the book makes a good addition to the Bible by Rick.