Fodor's Italy 2004

Fodor's Italy 2004

by Fodor's Travel Publications


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ISBN-13: 9781400012626
Publisher: Fodor's Travel Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 10/07/2003
Series: Fodor's Gold Guides Series
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 816
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.42(d)

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Fodor's Italy 2004 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've used Fodor's on and off through the years, with mixed results. Sometimes they read a little too much like promotional brochures, sometimes they have real insights. This book falls into the latter category. I carried it with me on a two week trip to Florence, Tuscany, Umbria, and Rome, and I wasn't disappointed. Before going I sat down with this book and with Frommers and Rick Steves. They all have decent basic information about the classic sights, but this book goes one layer deeper - it points you to interesting places the other guides ignored entirely. (This may explain why the book is so big). The restaurant and hotel recommendations were accurate, and there wasn't a tourist trap among them (ate some fantastic food as a result). Fodor's uses local writers, and you can tell the difference. The writing can be a little inconsistent, but you find out about places that Rick Steves doesn't have time for (he's too busy writing about other countries in Europe). And looking around in the bookstore I noticed the writers for Frommers are the same guys who write the Frommers guide to England and to France. How much can they really know about so many different places? The Fodor's writers (there are little bios of them in the front of the book) are writing about places they really know.