DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Rome (Anglais) Broché – 16 septembre 2013
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"Known… for its four-color maps, photos and illustrations, the [DK] Eyewitness Guides are extremely user-friendly for travelers who want their information delivered in a concise, visual way." – Chicago Tribune
"The best option… Color photos, maps, and diagrams bring the place to life." – The Philadelphia Inquirer
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Experience the best of Rome with DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Rome. This newly updated travel guide for Rome will lead you straight to the best attractions this city has to offer, whether visiting the Vatican, touching the stones of the Colosseum, or enjoying gelato in one of the city's beautiful piazzas.
Expert travel writers have fully revised this edition of DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Rome.
- Themed itineraries help plan trips to Rome by length of stay or by interest.
- Improved neighborhood walking maps now include restaurant locations by area.
- Completely new hotel and restaurant listings now include DK Choice special recommendations.
- New typography and fresh layout throughout.
You'll still find DK's famous cutaway illustrations of major architectural and historic sights, museum floor plans, and 3-D aerial views of key districts to explore on foot, along with in-depth coverage of the city's history and culture. A pull-out city map is marked with sights from the guidebook and includes a street index, a transportation map, and a chart showing the walking distances between major sights.
With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Rome truly shows you this city as no one else can.
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Let me explain a bit what I mean. If you're looking for a guide that actively prescribes what you should do, telling you which sites are overrated and which ones are worth the time, *this is not the guidebook for you*. That's not what Eyewitness really wants to do. With the exception of a "Four Great Days in Rome" itinerary in the beginning and some guided walks in the end, they don't bother with it at all. So if that's the kind of book you want, buy Rick Steves or Frommers.
But if you have some idea of what you want to do in Rome, then buy this book. It gives incredible amounts of detail on every museum and site. If you're bored on the metro or a bus, you can easily pass the time just by reading this book. It's that good. Moreover, its illustrations are gloriously rich in detail and its pictures in full color. This not only has aesthetic pleasure, but also helps identify sites when you find them. Furthermore, the book has a whole lot of practical information about getting around the city, as well as some good info on Rome's history.
The other terrific aspect of this guide (and all Eyewitness guides that I have seen) is how good the maps are. Not only do you get a full-size pull out city map, you also get the much more useful city index and street finder: 12 pages of detailed, intricate maps with a handy grid reference. Need to find the Ara Pacis? A simple look at the index reveals it's on Map 4, Section F2. I can't stress how useful this is over the course of a long trip.
All things considered, I think that if you are a capable adventurer who has some idea already of what to see and what not to, this is the guide for you. It has a few flaws I should mention - the restaurant and hotel suggestions are thrown somewhat desultorily in the back and don't congeal with the rest of the guide, and the information on how to get to some of the recommended daytrips (e.g. Hadrian's Villa, Ostia, etc.) is closer to "none" than "slim" - but no guidebook is perfect. However, if you're the right audience, it's sure to enhance your trip.
This problem got me lost several times around Ancient Rome. Seriously, I just checked, there were important roads and sites that were outside the grid, therefore unmarked, and that was precisely where I got lost!!! Any sensible guidebook should have a complete map of the central area. Even free tourist maps do better.
Another drawback was that the high-quality full-color paper made it extra heavy to carry.
Bottom line: I think I will go back to being a faithful Lonely Planet fan. I also had the LP Rome City Guide, which contained great maps, tips, recommendations, etc, and had very well-written introductions to Rome's history/culture/architecture. In order to travel light, I only picked one guidebook to bring with me, and I highly regret not having chosen that one instead!