Italy 2016 Guidebook
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- Freshly updated for 2016
- Rick's picks for sights, eating, sleeping
- All you need for the best of Italy
- Great self-guided neighborhood walks and museum tours
- Includes handy full-color fold-out map
Buy your Italy 2016 Guidebook:
In Rick Steves Italy you'll find in-depth Rick-tested information on:
- Venice and Nearby
- Padua and Vicenza
- Alpe di Siusi (Seiser Alm) and sights nearby
- Milan and the Lakes
- Lake Como
- Lake Maggiore
- Cinque Terre and Nearby Riviera Towns
- Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mare
- Levanto and Sestri Levante
- Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino
- Portovenere, La Spezia, and Carrara
- Florence and Nearby
- Pisa and Lucca
- Volterra and San Gimignano
- Heart of Tuscany
- Pienza and the Val d'Orcia
- Montalcino and the Brunello Wine Country
- Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio
- Pompeii and Nearby
- Herculaneum and Vesuvius
- Amalfi Coast and Nearby
- Sorrento and Capri
- Positano, Amalfi Town, and Ravello
- Self-guided walks
- Easy-to-follow maps (including color maps of Italy, Venice, Florence, Tuscany & Umbria, and Rome)
- Trip planning: When to go, pre-trip checklist, festivals and holidays, recommended books and movies
- Recommended three-week itinerary and advice on planning your time and avoiding lines
- Transportation: Trains, buses, city transit, and driving
- Italian history, culture, language, and cuisine
- Handy Italian survival phrases
- Detailed advice on managing money, communicating, reserving rooms, handling emergencies, and other helpful hints
Also included: a 14½" x 19½" full-color fold-out Planning Map that shows all of Italy plus regional close-ups of Lake Como, the Dolomites, Cinque Terre, and Amalfi Coast, and, on the back, handy city close-ups (with major sights) of Rome, Venice, Florence, and Siena. (Note: This is a slightly smaller version of Rick’s stand-alone Italy Planning Map.)
|Dimensions:||8" x 4 ½" x 1 ¼"|
|Publication date:||October 2015|
|Next edition arrives:||October 2016|
Is This the Right Book for Me?
If you're not spending more than a few days in any major city, Rick Steves Italy is all you're likely to need (with one big exception: This book doesn't cover Sicily — if you're headed there, we recommend also taking along Lonely Planet Sicily).
If, however, you're spending at least four days in the same city, the extra information in a single-city/region guidebook might be nice to have along. Compared to the corresponding chapters of the Rick Steves Italy guidebook, our full-size guidebooks for Rome, Venice, and Florence & Tuscany offer much more in-depth sightseeing information, many more self-guided city walks and museum tours, more detail on day-trip options, and advice for travelers specifically interested in the city's shopping, nightlife, or activities for kids. Other information is generally the same — for example, the Rome chapter of Rick Steves Italy has all the hotels, restaurants, and nitty-gritty practical advice for Rome that you'll find in the Rick Steves Rome guidebook. Likewise, Rick Steves Italy includes coverage of most of the same Tuscan towns (except Cortona), and all of the same practical advice and hotel and restaurant listings that you'll find in Rick Steves Florence & Tuscany. Rick Steves Florence & Tuscany, however, has more in-depth sightseeing information for Florence, Siena, and Pisa, as well as extra information on Florence's shopping, nightlife, and kids' activities. If you plan to spend at least four days in Florence or at least a week in Tuscany as a whole, Rick Steves Florence & Tuscany makes sense to have along.
Our smaller Pocket guides for Rome, Venice, and Florence offer no sightseeing advice or practical information not included in the full-size Rick Steves Italy guidebook, and no walks or museum tours that aren't in the full-size city/regional guidebooks. (And the various Snapshot guides for Italy are simply excerpted chapters taken directly from the full-size Rick Steves Italy guidebook — so it wouldn't make sense to buy any of the Italy Snapshot guides in addition to Rick Steves Italy.)
Updates and Feedback
Latest updates: When we learn of critical changes to the information in our guidebooks on Italy, we post them. (Of course, it's still smart to reconfirm critical transportation and sightseeing details locally.) Armed with a Rick Steves guidebook and these late-breaking updates, you're set for a great trip!
Submit feedback: Once you've used this book in Europe, we'd love to hear your feedback — good or bad — about our advice on sights, hotels, restaurants, and travel tips. We're also interested in any tips or discoveries you made while in Europe. Your comments help us improve our guidebooks for future travelers.