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Rick Steves' 2014 Rome (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 7 nov 2013

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Rick Steves has spent 100 days every year since 1973 exploring Europe. Rick produces a public television series (Rick Steves' Europe), a public radio show (Travel with Rick Steves), and an app and podcast (Rick Steves Audio Europe); writes a bestselling series of guidebooks and a nationally syndicated newspaper column; organizes guided tours that take thousands of travelers to Europe annually; and offers an information-packed website ( With the help of his hardworking staff of 80 at Europe Through the Back Door—in Edmonds, Washington, just north of Seattle—Rick's mission is to make European travel fun, affordable, and culturally broadening for Americans.

Gene Openshaw is a writer, composer, tour guide, and lecturer on art and history. Specializing in writing walking tours of Europe's cultural sights, Gene has coauthored eight of Rick's books and contributes to Rick's public television series. As a composer, Gene has written a full-length opera (Matter), a violin sonata, and dozens of songs. He lives near Seattle with his daughter, and roots for the Mariners in good times and bad.

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65 di 67 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Great guide that you will live by! 19 dicembre 2014
Di ThatGalRebecca - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
I recently travelled to Rome and like a good traveller, I wanted to have all my ducks in a row.
I made a list of everything I needed to bring and while reviewing this list, I noticed I did not have a travel guide. I promptly got on Amazon and looked up guides for Rome. This book was highly praised and pocket sized. SCORE!
I bought the book and waited eagerly for it's arrival.
Once it arrived, it thumbed through it but didn't really look at it since I knew the plane ride would be long and I'd have plenty of time.
When I finally opened and read the guide, I was surprised with the vast amounts of information that was in it.
There is a map that shows you all of the must see spots in Rome and how to get there.
There are more than 10 pages assigned to each section of the city like Vatican City, the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, and the art galleries.
Each section tells you not only the history of the area but also the best places to eat and the things to avoid.
There is a section with commonly used Italian phrases so you're not on your own in the city. Although, most people speak English, it is good to have some knowledge of the language for those who play dumb with tourists.
I kept this book with me every where I went so I would know the best places to eat and the places to avoid.
If you're looking to go to Rome, or any other city in Italy, Rick Steves' can sure help you out with these nifty books.
It's a great guide to have in a city that can swallow you whole.
*****PLEASE NOTE- If you're planning on going to Rome in September, it is extremely hot and muggy. There are water fountains where you can refill your bottle but they are few and far between. The prices of a beverage are ridiculous so bring your own bottle.
Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel are super packed no matter what time you go. Make sure you make a reservation to tour with a group so you do not have to wait in line for hours.
The only thing I noticed in the book that is slightly different is picking up tickets for the Coliseum tour. If you buy these tickets online in combination with the Roman Forum and Palestine Hill, you MUST pick these tickets up at the entrance to the forum. There is a box office over there and you have to have your print out. The people at Coliseum cannot and will not take a paper print out and there is no box office there. All of the tickets, even the Coliseum ones, have to be purchased at the box office at the Forum. Most of the people who do the tours are just that, tour guides, they do not know much about picking up tickets so if you ask them, they will either give you the run around or direct to you a completely different place altogether.
Also, if you're visiting any of the Art Museums, they are HOT!! Extremely, suffocatingly hot. I am not sure if that was just because it was so hot outside or if they keep it hot to preserve the art work but if you cannot stand the heat, you might want to avoid these museums. They also tell you to arrive 30 minutes early to check in but they only let you in about 5 minutes before your scheduled time and only allow you about an hour to tour the entire museum. The Borgehese Museum has a coat check and although they say it's mandatory, not many people check in their coats or bags so there is a lot of unauthorized photo taking by people who either don't speak the language or don't care that they are ignoring the rules.
4 di 4 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Made traveling to Rome a Breeze! 18 aprile 2017
Di BookLover2012 - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
Love this book! There is an app with an accompanying audio guide. This saved me a ton of money, since I didn't have to buy the audio tours at the museums. It gave great advice about the Roma Pass and how to skip the long lines. I went during Easter, a crazy packed time, but thanks to the book, we never had to wait on line. As we were leaving, I saw people waiting in a 4-hour line. The walking tours and directions were great. The only slight flaw was that the map in the back of the book that folds out doesn't have all the streets labeled. I just used the map the hotel gave to accompany the book, so it wasn't a problem. I know that he is coming out with an update version next month. He even rated exhibits with a "must see", a "try to see" and "if you have time." This was super helpful during planning. This is a must have if you are traveling to Italy!
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4.0 su 5 stelle Practical information 31 agosto 2013
Di Summerroll - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
Rick Steves is one of the most popular series of guides to travel. We were in Rome for 4 days this summer, and used the book as a quick reference guide. The organization of the book is much like the other guides. It is about 4.5 by 6 inches, 230 pages or so. The first pages of introduction gives a synopsis of the major tourist areas: Vatican City, North Rome, Pantheon, Trastevere, Ancient Rome, Pilgrim's Rome, South Rome, and Termini. The Daily Reminder gives a succinct overview of special hours for attractions on different days of the week. On Sundays, for instance, the Vatican Museums are closed. Many sights are closed on Mondays, including the Capitolini Museum, the Borghese Gallery, Ostia Antica, etc. The guide also lists major sights with its rating of importance: those with three triangles, likes the Colosseum, the Forum, the Vatican, and the Borghese Galleries, are rated three triangles for "Don't Miss."

The back of the book includes a detailed map of Rome with Metro stops. Romans rely less on the underground than on above-ground trams and buses. One of the huge short-comings of the guidebook is the lack of a bus map and schedule. The buses generally come every 15-25 minutes. It can be annoyingly hot in August to be waiting in full sun for the buses. The Roman bus stops have a detailed listing of the stops for each line, but it is impossible to figure out which buses to take unless you ask someone. Fortunately the Romans are such generous and friendly people that they generally help poor tourists out. The map of Rome is not very useful for walking. The smaller streets are not shown. The Trastevere area is not shown in entirety. There are free maps distributed in hotel lobbies that are superior to the one in the book.

The remainder of the book contains several walking tours of major sites: Colosseum, Forum, Pantheon, Night Walk across Rome, Vatican Museum, St. Peter's Basilica, the Borghese Gallery. In general, the tours hit the highlights of each sight, but few details are given. We traveled with children and were prepared for Museum Fatigue ("You promised, TWO churches only today," said my son). Therefore, for the best sights, we actually had private tour guides through a tour company. It was invaluable to our enjoyment.

Note: this is a brief and populist guide. It is good for an overview, but not for any kind of detailed historical or academic treatise of the major sights. For this kind of information, I recommend doing research before your trip on the internet, as each major sight has a website. As well, the Blue Guides will bring more life to the tours. The tour companies are expensive, but allowed us to bypass long, hot lines for the major attractions. Our tour guide was an archeologist who happened to be a great speaker. The children were vastly entertained, and she was familiar with all the SHADY spots on the tour.

We did not use this book for restaurant recommendations or hotels. We used a Tripadvisor city app: take the recommendations with a grain of salt, as they are not always unbiased.

So, why a guide book and not a smartphone app? Smart phone apps (maps, Tripadvisor, etc.) have an advantage in that your GPS location is available, and the distance to various sights can be accurately estimated. However, smartphones are difficult to see in the sun, and the information you want is not always easily searchable. It would be cool, for example, to wear Google Glass and have it link to Wikipedia. Great, but it's way cheaper to buy a $10 book.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Fodor's? Who Dat? 5 ottobre 2015
Di Vincent Socci - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
I don't normally gush about anything, let alone a book, but this book was MAGNIFICENT! My son and I just returned from Rome, and this was our guide. I could not have been more impressed by this book unless Rick Steves was standing right next to us in Rome.
I've used the Fodor's guides before, but I was always turned off by needing to search through a lot of irrelevant information to find the key information I needed in my travels. Quite honestly, I don't want three weeks of reading material to get me through a one week touring trip.
This book was 200 pages of compact need-to-know info that is perfectly designed for someone who has a short time to see an amazing city. It gave wonderful tips (get the Roma pass!); provided precise and clear details (the Heart of Rome tour felt like he was walking it with us); and gave historically relevant and entertaining content (brought the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's tour to a new level)! Also, his tips and advice on the practicalities and culture of Rome were invaluable. We were able to get around the city safely and confidently with his suggestions.
He recommended his free audio tours, so I downloaded them to my phone before we set off on each tour. That was a fantastic way of having your own tour guide talk you through each attraction.
It's like we visited Rome three times ... once on the plane ride over, as we read the book to familiarize ourselves with our plans; once while we toured Rome, reading through each tour as we completed it; then once again on the plane ride home, as we reminisced about each of the sights we visited with this book.
I can't recommend this highly enough. Without it, we may have been overwhelmed by Rome; but with it, we were able to "Carpe Diem"!
Spend your money on this. Dollar for dollar, this was the most valuable purchase we made for this entire trip.
7 di 7 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
3.0 su 5 stelle Great content but don't buy the kindle version 19 giugno 2014
Di TDWS - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Buying the kindle version of this book is a waste of money and time. This is the type of book that needs to be printed in order to optimize it's usefulness. THere are maps, restaurant reviews, museum tips, etc. all that need to be printed and carried in your day bag. The kindle version does not allow you to print any of the content. You can print some of the pages by jumping through a few hoops and taking some screen shots, but it really is a time consuming process that can be avoided if you just buy the real physical book. THe content of the book is great. My favorite sections are the restaurant suggestions of good places to eat that are close to the major attractions. I also love the section on basic phrases and the guided tours. Great, great book. I see why Rick is #1.

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