Rick Steves' Italy 2009

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Marvel at the works of Michelangelo and Bernini in St. Peter’s Basilica, hike through Europe’s largest high-alpine meadow in Alpe di Siusi, and enjoy a slice of Pizza at it’s birthplace in Naples— Rick Steves’ Italy 2009 allows any traveler to experience all that the country has to offer—economically and hassle-free. Rick covers it all in his bestselling guidebook, from the must-see sights in Venice, Florence, and Rome, to the lesser-known destinations in the Italian Riviera and the Dolomites. Offering ...

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Overview

Marvel at the works of Michelangelo and Bernini in St. Peter’s Basilica, hike through Europe’s largest high-alpine meadow in Alpe di Siusi, and enjoy a slice of Pizza at it’s birthplace in Naples— Rick Steves’ Italy 2009 allows any traveler to experience all that the country has to offer—economically and hassle-free. Rick covers it all in his bestselling guidebook, from the must-see sights in Venice, Florence, and Rome, to the lesser-known destinations in the Italian Riviera and the Dolomites. Offering information on Italian history and culture, as well as expert advice on accommodations, transportation, and dining, Rick Steves’ Italy 2009 is the benchmark of European guidebooks.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598801163
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Series: Rick Steves' Travel Guides Series
  • Pages: 936
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 7.88 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Steves
Rick Steves

Rick Steves is on a mission: to help make European travel accessible and meaningful for Americans. Rick has spent 100 days every year since 1973 exploring Europe. He's researched and written 24 travel guidebooks and hosts the public television series Rick Steves' Europe, now in its seventh season. He also organizes and leads tours of Europe and offers an information-packed website (ricksteves.com). Rick lives in Edmonds, WA, just north of Seattle, with his family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2009

    Rick Steves was my favorite guidebook, practical, easy to read and focused on money saving while seeing the truly important areas of Italy.

    Seemed to hit the "best of" from his Rome and Venice books. Since we were on a whirlwind tour I knew we couldn't see everything in town so this covered the bases. It was the only Italy guide I took. Plus, it is physically lighter weight than others I tested. We had a great trip and I felt prepared for the sites we visited.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2009

    RIck Steves Italy 2009

    Very good travel book. He hits the major tourist areas. If going into a town by car make sure you read his suggestions on where to park. The were very helpfull in more than one of the towns we visited.

    It could use more indepth road sign examples in the book.

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  • Posted October 13, 2009

    Made our trip magical

    Nothing makes traveling magical more than being able to get from point A to point B without hassles, and finding out that point B is even better than you expected. This book was our "travel Bible" in Italy. We knew exactly what to see, when to see it and how to get there as easily as possible. And the dining and hotel recommendations were right on.

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  • Posted September 1, 2009

    Only if someone else is planning the trip

    I had never bought a Rick Steves travel book and decided to give it a try. Big mistake. Entire regions of Italy have been skipped. There are too few hotels listed for practical use. Many of those that are listed don't receive good reviews elsewhere (Trip Advisor, for example). I also don't like his cynical tone. The hand-drawn maps are OK but I prefer maps to scale when I'm walking a city.
    I can see how the book could be helpful if you're traveling on an organized tour. Myself? I'm going to buy a Lonely Planet.

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

    Superb... As Always!

    My wife and I travel extensively and frequently throughout Italy and rely on Steve's books. "Italy 2009" provides everything you need in a tour book and we have come to recognize Steve's books as the first (and usually the only) book to grab when planning a trip to Italy (and Europe). You can't go wrong when you use his tour books!

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  • Posted April 28, 2009

    Very practical and useful book

    Recently went to Italy with my family and found this book very useful and informative. We enjoyed some of the suggestions by Rick Steves. Thanks for a wonderful book

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

    Another Excellent Steves Guide

    I have used Rick Steves' guides in the past when visiting other countries, and have always found them extremely useful. The Italy 2009 guide is no exception. I particularly appreciate Steves' honesty about what he perceives to be overrated sites/hotels/tourist traps, and his desire to provide travelers with the most genuine experiences possible. Steves' guides also do an excellent job of giving the reader a historical and cultural perspective on what they will be seeing.

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