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Pauline Frommer's Italy: Spend Less, See More


Spend less, see more. This is the philosophy behind Pauline Frommer’s guides. Written by travel expert Pauline Frommer (who is also the daughter of Arthur Frommer), and her team of hand-picked writers, these guides show how to truly experience a culture, meet locals, and save money along the way.
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Spend less, see more. This is the philosophy behind Pauline Frommer’s guides. Written by travel expert Pauline Frommer (who is also the daughter of Arthur Frommer), and her team of hand-picked writers, these guides show how to truly experience a culture, meet locals, and save money along the way.
  • Industry secrets on how to find the best hotel rooms
  • Details on alternative accommodations, great neighborhood restaurants, and cool, offbeat finds
  • Packed with personality and opinions

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
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: 9780470247600
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Series: Pauline Frommer Guides Series , #17
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 660
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith Bain has moved around his home country of South Africa all of his life—so the travel bug is in his blood. Nevertheless, he managed to sit still long enough to get a doctoral degree in drama, and for a few years even amused himself writing and performing for the stage. He's also served his time teaching future thespians and filmmakers, but now he's quit academia to more rigorously pursue his passion for exploring the world. His assignments for Frommer's, besides recently allowing him to travel extensively in Italy, have sent him to India, Romania, Slovenia, Botswana's Okavango Delta, and even out onto the streets of Johannesburg. He's currently working on the first edition of Pauline Frommer's Ireland.

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 A Philadelphia native, he now lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he maintains the award-winning, 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 41 pages.

Native Californian Sylvie Hogg moved to Rome after graduating from Dartmouth and spent 5 fabulous years working as a tour guide and travel writer. She now lives in New York City and writes about Italy for several publications in the U.S. and the U.K. She loves rock 'n' roll, and is always planning her next trip. She is the author of Frommer's Irreverent Guide to Rome and Frommer's Rome Day by Day.

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Table of Contents

A Note from Pauline.

1 The Best of Italy.

2 Rome: Where All Roads Lead.

3 Florence: Great City of the Renaissance.

4 Tuscany.

5 Umbria.

6 Bologna & Emilia-Romagna.

7 Venice.

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.

14 Sicily.

15 The Essentials of Planning.

16 Italy: A Closer Look.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2009

    Good for a Budget start

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2009

    Pauline Frommer's ITALY spend less see more

    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.

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

    Truly had the best options.

    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!

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  • Posted May 18, 2009

    An insider viewpoint

    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.

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