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1. Posted by kafri (Full Member 28 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


can anyone recommend a guidebook for Italy (just the regular tourist itinerary Bologna, Rome, Napoli etc)?
I checked LP on amazon but customers evaluation was not convincing at all. Some people recommend the Let's go guidebook for Italy; any personal experience with this one? What about footprint or roughguides?
Since I'm planning a budget trip the guidebook should at least include a chapter for low-priced lodging & food.
I'm grateful for any advice!


2. Posted by dchung3 (Budding Member 18 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I've used both "Let's Go" and "Roughguide" books.

I personally like how "Roughguide" lays things out. "Let's Go" had things kind of everything bunched up. So I would go for "Roughguide". It did me good when I went to Europe last summer. Hope this helps!

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I second that - The Rough Guide doesnt have as many glossy pictures as some of the other travel guides but it gives the most detailed information in my opinion.

I found it invaluable when I was travelling in Italy. It is broken down into chapters on each region....It doesnt have a chapter specifically on low-budget accommodation but it gives recommendations for everything from multi-stars hotels to hostels and campsites for each destination. I've found its reviews to be very accurate.

I have a copy to hand so if you need any more info feel free to ask.


4. Posted by kafri (Full Member 28 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Just checked customer review for the roughguide italy on amazon, but somehow it has a lot of bad critics too. People complain about missing recommendations for low-budget travellers (quotation: "Unless you are travelling with a suitcase full of money, don't buy this one.").
Well, I'm wondering in how far the reviews might be faked by business competition to make their own guidebooks more attractive.
So best thing was to take a closer look at a bookstore, but the pitty is that english guidebooks are often not in stock, even in bigger cities.
I prefer english guidebooks, as they contain so much more useful information than german guidebooks, probably because international publishers like LP or roughguide get much more reviews, tips and advices from travellers all around the world. If I remember correctly I used the roughguide for Cambodia last year and was quite content with it, though the customer review on amazon was bad too. So why not go for roughguide again!?!

5. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

hey kafri

well, if it helps, i have as yet never gone travelling with a suitcase of money but always with a Roughguide!

6. Posted by kafri (Full Member 28 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Haha, me neither! Unfortunately, but I think it would be a good experience!

7. Posted by Tuscany14 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

You can find some recommended guide books to Italy here
Of course it's a matter of taste, and the type of information you are looking for.

I don't like the green Michelin guide to Italy. The lonely planet guides are not as full of pictures as some other guides, but they are packed with detailed, up to date information, so I like them a lot.

Enjoy your trip,