Ever since Grand Tourists invaded in the 18th century, Rome has been a major tourist attraction. Every year millions of visitors pour into town, lured by a reputation that modern advertisers would be pushed to improve.
The city’s main gateway is Leonardo Da Vinci Airport (aka Fiumicino), although if you are flying with a low-cost European airline you’ll probably land at Ciampino. Both are well connected with the city centre. Once in town, you will find the centre is best explored on foot – it’s not big and the streets are wonderfully vibrant. – Reprinted from Lonely Planet Rome, Italy
Pages: 288 pages
Dimensions: 5 x .6 x 7.8 inches
Weight: 13.4 ounces
Maps: The maps in the Lonely Planet books are the best I have found in any guidebooks. There are city maps, regional maps and a country map. You can actually use the street maps to find your way around a city.
What I like about Lonely Planet Rome, Italy:
If I could only buy one guidebook, this would be it. I think Lonely Planet Rome, Italy provides the best information on how to get to places and what to do when you are there. They also tell you what you should see and do when you are there.
- I love the slightly irreverent tone of these books.
- The Table of Contents is great. They make it very easy to find whatever it is that you are looking for.
- There is a separate section on architecture.
- Suggestions for side trips to Orvieto, Perugia, Tivoli, among others are provided.
- There is a good, though short language guide and Italian word glossary.
- There is information on where to find tourist offices (which are excellent places to pick up free maps), foreign consulates, medical services, what to do in an emergency, etc.
- Information is provided on how to get around if you are arriving by air, bus, train, car, etc.
- Tips on things to buy, entertainment, bars, gambling, where to see the opera, etc. is provided.
- Side Boxes contain interesting bits of information.
- Information is provided to suit every budget – inexpensive hotels as well as luxury hotels. They give you their opinions on where you should splurge and spend a few extra dollars and what is not worth the extra money.
- Tips on how to get to the various sites is provided.
- There is a chapter on the Arts (Opera, Film, Dance and Theater) and spectator sports.
- The new version has a few paragraphs on a sustainable Rome and environmental issues. Such helpful suggestions as respect barriers around sites, don’t use your flash near paintings and don’t drive your car down the Spanish Steps, hmmmmm, that makes you wonder.