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Overview

From the publishers of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World

"A Tourist's Best Friend!"
--Chicago Sun-Times

"Indispensable"
--The New York Times

Five Great Features and Benefits offered ONLY by The Unofficial Guide:
* A complete planner to Florence, Rome, and the highlights of Tuscany, Umbria, Latium, and the Marches
* Honest advice that lets you feel safe and comfortable in the heart of Italy--whether you speak Italian or not
* Insider tips on finding the most charming hotels for the best price
* Hundreds of restaurants reviewed and ranked for quality and value
* A complete guide to the region's cultural and historic sights--with helpful hints for making the most of your time

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The Leaning Tower (Torre Pendente)

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Campo dei Miracoli; # 050 560 547; www.torre.duomo.pisa.it

Type of attraction Icon of Pisa. Admission ?15 at ticket office; ?17 for online bookings. Hours Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., guided tours every 40 minutes. When to go This site is always mobbed. Reservations Required. Special comments Local superstition has it that seeing the Leaning Tower before an exam will guarantee a bad grade. How much time to allow 30 minutes. Author's rating

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471763949
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/10/2006
  • Series: Unofficial Guides Series , #158
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 490
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

MELANIE MIZE RENZULLI IS THE AUTHOR of the first edition of Frommer’s Irreverent Guide to Rome, as well as travel, food, and style articles for the Washington Post, Saveur, Bell’Italia, Travel Channel Online, AOL Digital Cities, and Epicurious.com. A devout Italophile, she is currently at work on a Web site and a third nonfiction book about Italy.
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Table of Contents

List of Maps.

Acknowledgments.

About the Author.

Introduction.

Welcome to Central Italy.

About This Guide.

Why “Unofficial”?

How This Guide Was Researched and Written.

Letters, Comments, and Questions from Readers.

How This Guide Is Organized: By Subject and by Geographic Area.

Facts about Central Italy.

Public Holidays in Italy.

On Being a “Tourist”.

PART ONE: Understanding Central Italy.

A Brief History of the Region.

Early History: The Etruscans and Other Peoples of Central Italy.

The Roman Republic and the Roots of Empire.

The Caesars.

From Empire to Christianity.

Medieval Times.

The Renaissance.

The Sack of Rome and the Counter-Reformation.

Il Risorgimento.

Fascism and World War II.

Modern History.

The Language: Italiano.

Getting Linguistically Equipped.

Survival Italian.

Further Reading about Central Italy.

Further Reading for Kids.

Numbers and Prices: The Euro.

A Timeline of Italian History.

PART TWO: Planning Your Visit.

How Far in Advance Should You Plan?

When to Go.

Pricing.

Weather.

Airfare Deals and Package Tours.

Start with Your Local Travel Agent.

Check the Travel Section of Your Local Newspaper.

Surf the Web.

Contact the Airlines Directly.

Suggested Tour Operators.

Italian Government Tourist Office (ENIT).

Italian Chambers of Commerce Abroad.

What to Pack.

Travel-security Restrictions.

Passports and Visas.

Italian Consular Offices.

How to Dress.

A Word on Tourist Garb.

PART THREE: Arriving, Getting Oriented, and Departing.

Arriving and Departing.

Airports in Central Italy.

Changing Money at the Airport.

Departing.

Confirming Your Flight: Reaching the Airlines.

Getting to the Airport on Time.

Claiming Your VAT Refund on Purchases.

Arriving and Departing by Train.

Arriving and Departing by Car.

Understanding Those First Signs and Getting Directions.

Talking Transportation.

Telephone, E-mail, and Postal Services.

That First Phone Call.

Come Prepared.

Using Italian Telephones.

Using Your Cell Phone in Italy.

Using E-mail and the Internet.

Using the Poste Italiane.

Money Matters.

Estimating Your Budget.

Where to Change Your Money.

Banking in Italy.

Using Credit Cards.

Tipping.

Travelers’ Checks.

Things the Locals Already Know.

Getting an English-language Newspaper.

Everything You Need Is at the Tabacchi Bar.

Public Toilets.

Health.

Travelers with Disabilities.

Safety and Security.

If You’re a Victim of Theft . . . .

Places of Worship in Central Italy.

PART FOUR: Accommodations.

The Hotel Scene.

Understanding Your Options.

Location.

Types of Lodging.

Italian and European Hotel Chains.

Italian Star-rating System.

Specialized and Unusual Accommodations.

Convents and Monasteries.

Agriturismo: Farm Holidays.

Villas and Furnished Apartments.

Camping.

Hostels in Central Italy.

Hotels for Business Travelers.

Hotels for Disabled Travelers.

The Italian Hotel Room.

Central Italy Hotels Rated and Ranked.

Our Star System and Price Ranges.

Cream of the Crop.

Hotel Profiles: Florence.

Hotel Profiles: The Rest of Tuscany.

The Province of Florence.

The Province of Siena.

The Province of Arezzo.

The Province of Lucca.

The Province of Pisa.

Hotel Profiles: Rome.

Hotel Profiles: The Rest of Latium.

The Province of Viterbo.

The Province of Latina.

Hotel Profiles: Umbria.

The Province of Perugia.

The Province of Terni.

Hotel Profiles: The Marches and the Republic of San Marino.

The Province of Pésaro-Urbino.

The Republic of San Marino.

The Province of Ancona.

The Province of Macerata.

The Province of Áscoli-Piceno.

PART FIVE: Dining and Restaurants.

Buon Appetito!

When to Eat.

Types of Eateries in Italy.

Ristoranti.

Osterie/Hostarie.

Trattorie.

Tavole Calde.

Pizzerie.

Enoteche (Wine Bars).

Slow Food.

The Dining Experience: Before and After You Sit Down.

Making a Reservation.

Dressing for Dinner.

Pane e Coperto.

Nonsmoking Sections.

Reading the Menu.

Ordering Wine.

Paying the Bill.

Settling a Dispute.

Our Favorite Restaurants in Central Italy.

The Cuisine of Tuscany.

Restaurant Profiles: Florence.

Florence: The Rest of the Best.

Restaurant Profiles: The Rest of Tuscany.

The Province of Florence.

The Province of Siena.

The Province of Arezzo.

The Province of Lucca.

The Province of Pisa.

The Cuisine of Latium.

Restaurant Profiles: Rome.

Rome: The Rest of the Best.

Restaurant Profiles: The Rest of Latium.

The Province of Rome.

The Province of Viterbo.

The Cuisine of Umbria.

Restaurant Profiles: Umbria.

The Province of Perugia.

The Province of Terni.

The Cuisine of the Marches and the Republic of San Marino.

Restaurant Profiles: The Marches and the Republic of San Marino.

The Province of Pésaro-Urbino.

The Republic of San Marino.

The Province of Ancona.

The Province of Macerata.

The Province of Áscoli-Piceno.

PART SIX: Florence and the Best of Tuscany.

A Brief History of Florence.

Florence Tourist Board.

Calendar of Events in Florence and Tuscany.

Understanding Florence.

Touring Florence’s Neighborhoods.

Public Transportation.

Driving and Parking in Florence.

Sightseeing and Tours in Florence.

Planning Visits of Three, Five, and Seven Days.

Touring Florence in Three Days.

Touring Florence in Five Days.

Touring Florence in Seven Days.

City Tours.

Suggested Walking Itineraries for Florence.

Exploring Points of Interest.

Taking Classes in Florence.

Florence Attraction Profiles.

Entertainment and Nightlife in Florence.

Cultural Evenings.

Spectator Sports.

Shopping in Florence.

Shopping Zones and Favorite Streets.

Department Stores.

Produce Markets.

Great Gifts from Florence and Where to Find Them.

The Best of Tuscany.

Tuscany Tourism Board.

Getting around Tuscany.

Quick Glance at the Towns of Tuscany.

The Province of Florence.

Fiesole.

Galluzzo.

Vinci.

Chianti.

The Province of Siena.

Siena.

Montalcino.

Montepulciano.

San Gimignano.

The Province of Arezzo.

Arezzo.

Cortona.

Sansepolcro.

The Province of Prato.

Prato.

The Province of Pistoia.

Pistoia.

Collodi.

The Province of Lucca.

Lucca.

The Garfagnana.

Bagni di Lucca.

Riviera Versilia.

The Province of Massa e Carrara.

Massa e Carrara.

The Province of Pisa.

Pisa.

Volterra.

The Province of Livorno.

Livorno.

The Tuscan Archipelago.

The Province of Grosseto.

Grosseto.

Ansedonia.

Massa Marittima.

Monte Argentario and the Isola del Giglio.

The Maremma.

PART SEVEN: Rome and the Best of Latium.

A Brief History of Rome.

Calendar of Events in Rome and Latium.

Rome and Latium Tourist Board.

Understanding Rome.

Touring Rome’s Neighborhoods.

Farther Afield.

Public Transportation.

Driving and Parking in Rome.

Sightseeing and Tours in Rome.

Planning Visits of Three, Five, and Seven Days.

Touring Rome in Three Days.

Touring Rome in Five Days.

Touring Rome in Seven Days.

City Tours.

Exploring Points of Interest.

Rome Attraction Profiles.

Entertainment and Nightlife in Rome.

Cultural Evenings.

Spectator Sports.

Shopping in Rome.

Shopping Zones and Favorite Streets.

Department and “Dime” Stores.

Outdoor and Flea Markets.

Produce Markets.

Great Gifts from Rome and Where to Find Them.

The Best of Latium.

Latium Tourist Board.

Getting around Latium.

Quick Glance at the Towns of Latium.

The Province of Rome.

Tivoli.

Ostia.

Castelli Romani.

Cerveteri.

Civitavecchia.

Lake Bracciano.

The Province of Frosinone.

Cassino.

The Province of Rieti.

Castelnuovo di Farfa.

The Province of Viterbo.

Viterbo.

Bagnaia.

Bomarzo.

Civita di Bagnoregio.

Lake Bolsena.

Lake Vico.

Norchia.

Tarquinia.

Tuscania.

The Province of Latina.

Riviera d’Ulisse.

Isola Pontine.

Ninfa.

PART EIGHT: The Best of Umbria.

Italy’s Green Heart.

Calendar of Events in Umbria.

Visiting the Region.

Getting around Umbria.

When to Visit.

Quick Glance at the Towns of Umbria.

The Province of Perugia.

Perugia.

Assisi.

Bettona.

Bevagna.

Città di Castello.

Corciano.

Deruta.

Foligno.

Gubbio.

Lake Trasimeno.

Montefalco.

Norcia.

Spello.

Spoleto.

Todi.

Torgiano.

The Province of Terni.

Terni.

Orvieto.

PART NINE: The Best of the Marches.

Italy in One Region.

Calendar of Events in the Marches.

Visiting the Region.

Getting around the Marches.

When to Visit.

Quick Glance at the Towns of the Marches.

The Province of Pésaro-Urbino.

Urbino.

Pésaro.

Fano.

Gradara.

San Leo.

The Republic of San Marino.

The Province of Ancona.

Ancona.

Riviera Conero.

Loreto.

Corinaldo.

Genga.

Jesi.

The Province of Macerata.

Macerata.

Cingoli.

Tolentino.

The Province of Áscoli-Piceno.

Áscoli-Piceno.

Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini.

Riviera delle Palme.

Accommodations Index.

Restaurant Index.

Subject Index.

Notes.

Unofficial Guide Reader Survey.

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