Lonely Planet Country Guide Italy (Lonely Planet Italy) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2012/3
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Italy is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Listen to your gondolier sing sweetly while gliding past centuries-old Venetian palaces, sample olives and wines amid the storybook hills of Tuscany, or lose yourself amid thousands of years of Roman history and art; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Italy and begin your journey now! Inside Lonely Planet Italy Travel Guide: *Full-colour maps and images throughout *Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests *Insider tips save you time and money and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots *Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices *Honest reviews for all budgets including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss *Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including history, art, literature, cinema, music, architecture, politics, cuisine, wine, and more *Free, convenient pull-out Rome map (included in print version), plus over 100 colour neighbourhood maps *Useful features - including Eat and Drink Like a Local, Outdoor Experiences, and Month-by-Month (annual festival calendar) *Coverage of Rome, Turin, Piedmont, Italian Riviera, Milan, the Lakes, Dolomites, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Venice, Emilia-Romagna, Florence, Tuscany, Umbria, Abruzzo, Naples, Campania, Puglia, Sicily, Sardinia, and more The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Italy, our most comprehensive guide to Italy, is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less travelled. * Looking for just the highlights of Italy? Check out Lonely Planet's Discover Italy, a photo-rich guide to the country's most popular attractions. * Looking for a guide focused on Rome, Florence, or Venice? Check out Lonely Planet's Rome guide, Florence & Tuscany guide, andVenice & the Veneto guide for a comprehensive look at all that each of these cities has to offer, or check out Lonely Planet's Discover Rome, a photo-rich guide to the city's most popular attractions, or Lonely Planet's Pocket Rome, a handy-sized guide focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip. Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Paula Hardy, Alison Bing, Abigail Blasi, Cristian Bonetto, Kerry Christiani, Gregor Clark, Joe Fullman, Duncan Garwood, Robert Landon, Vesna Maric, Virginia Maxwell, Olivia Pozzan, Brendan Sainsbury, Donna Wheeler, and Nicola Williams. About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in. TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category 'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times 'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)
It was thorogh and my trip was above my expectations. I really thank for this.
I only booked round trip flights with my trip, but this will guide me through.
I defenitely recommend everyone who is new to the area. Thanks a lot!
So far I am very disappointed. The great thing I have always found about Lonely Planet guides, and I have been using them from the 1980's, has been their ease of accessibility. The ability when walking through a city to say, thumb through to find the recommended restaurant to follow my gallery visit or to flick back to the city map to find out where I change on the Metro. This is impossible to do easily.
Maybe I am not using it correctly but it should be simple.
I purchased the Kindle version primarily to save weight. An extra kilo in the back pack certainly makes a difference but I will be still taking my old hard copy.
Any tips on utilising from other users would be appreciated.
My advice to prospective purchasers would be don't. Buy the hard copy instead.
Buy the edition 8 (2008) instead used and you will be happier. I'm not sure what has changed with Lonely Planet recently. We have about 20 of their guides and have used them for more than 30 years, so when we were headed to Italy we just bought the new one so as to have all the current phone numbers, etc. We had the 2008 version but after all, it's 5 years old. But once we started looking at the new book we found that we needed the older edition to travel with.
The new edition has about half the number of hotels and half the restaurants that the 2008 edition has. It's almost like LP has forgotten who their target market was. The larger towns are still pretty well covered, but the smaller towns in Umbria, Tuscany, etc. now typically have listed only one or two very cheap youth hostels and one very expensive hotel. Gone are most of the low priced, but clean and very nice hotels from the LPs of the past. Where one was listed it was normally sold out. so we found that we used the 2008 edition much more than the new one.
The maps in the newer version seemed to focus more on the center of town. In the older edition we could find the center from the train station. In the newer edition the train station wasn't on the map and so getting into town was more difficult.
Yes, in the older edition you will find some places closed, but even in the newer edition in Barolo for example 2 of the hotels have been out of business for more than a year.
We ended up traveling with both editions for about a month and then just threw the new edition away. We were very disappointed. We won't buy another one unseen again, but will look instead and compare it to older versions.
I hope that LP realizes their mistake and goes back to their roots under their new ownership.