Palermo is a city that’s quite apart from the rest of Sicily’s urban spaces. Though it’s on the traditional end of the scale, it carries with it a sense of unpredictability and adventure: its streets are jam-packed with traffic; its markets are a hive of hollers, smells and countless gastronomic offerings; the winding, palazzo- strewn streets of the old quarter contrast with the wide boulevards and glam shops of the new town. It’s a European city with a chaotic nature and a penchant for rule bending. –Reprinted from Lonely Planet Sicily, Italy
Pages: 332 pages
Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 0.8 inches
Weight: 11.2 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.
Sicily Guide Book Pictures: The Lonely Planet Sicily Guide Book has photographs and sketches.
Guide Book Review – What I like about Lonely Planet Sicily, Italy:
- If I could only buy one guidebook, this would be it. I think they provide 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. They even have the tip boxes listed in the table of contents.
- There is a good, though short language guide and Italian word glossary.
- For each large city (and some smaller towns) 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.
- Each major city has information on how to get there if you are arriving by air, bus, train, car, etc.
- Information on things to buy, entertainment, bars, gambling, where to see the opera, etc. is provided.
- Side Boxes contain interesting information ont he region.
- 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.
- Information on how to get to the various sites is provided.
- Walking tours of cities such as Palermo are provided as well as itineraries for visiting Sicily.
- Sicily is a great place to participate in outdoor activities. Lonely Planet devotes a chapter to helping you plan these activities.
Guide Book Review – What I Don’t Like about Lonely Planet Sicily, Italy:
- There is not a thing I can think of!