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NORTHERN ITALY This book provides everything you'll ever need in a guide book. It is an inspiring background read, an invaluable on-the-spot companion and a superb souvenir of your visit. Evocative photography: Insight Guides are renowned for their great pictures, which vividly convey a sense of everyday life. Illuminating text: Expert writers bring to life Northern Italy's history, culture, politics, and, above all, its people. Incisive evaluations: From high-powered Milan to the high peaks of the Dolomites, from the refined villas and gardens of the Lakes to the brash resorts of the adriatic, it's all here. Detailed, cross-referenced maps: All sites are clearly highlighted and numbered in relation to the text. Full listings: All the travel details, hotels, restaurants and phone numbers you'll need.
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I have bought this book around 10 days ago and must say that I am very disappointed about its content. I bought it because of the superb star rating it had. It is undoubtedly not ideal at all for someone who will be fending for himself whilst in Italy as all it has is superb photography and a good description of the various locations, but no info on tourist info offices, how to get to the various locations, emergency numbers etc. I sincerely can only suggest it to somebody who will be guided by somebody who is very familiar with the territory. I must say it is not written for the budget traveller and the few hotels and restaurants which are suggested at the back of the book are too expensive to even be considered by a budget traveller. Unfortunately I had received a large number excellent brochures from the various tourist offices in Italy which I obtained from Let's go Italy and I must say I have found this book a pure waste of good money.
Good general reference Apr 6, 2000
This book was a good general reference on Northern Italy. There were lots of good pictures and description of places and sites. There was also an extensive section on Northern Italian culture, which is good per people who would like to "experience" Italy rather than just blow through on a site seeing trip. However, don't look for listing about specific hotels or restaurants in this book. However, this would be an excellent for anyone planning a trip to Northern Italy.