Author(s): Bernhard Abend
At the heart of this full-colour and visually inspiring guide is a wealth of well-researched information and over 300 detailed recommendations, written by experts. From exploring Roman ruins, fabulous art and architecture to simply relaxing on the superb beaches or skiing in the mountains, you will find all the sights and top attractions explored in an easy-to-read A-Z format. Superb 3D laminated illustrations display the key sights in perspective and include the magnificent Cathedral S. Maria Nascente, brought to life at the turn of a page. Clear and concise background texts cover Italy's fascinating history and include a special focus on the history of Art in Italy and the famous personalities who have contributed to Italian culture. Special feature pages cover topics of particular interest that give a rare glimpse into everyday life. You will also find the answers to some of Italy's most intriguing cultural questions such as 'Why does the tower of Pisa lean?' and 'Is Venice sinking?'.
A comprehensive 'Practicalities' chapter covers all the essential travel advice you need, including accommodation, transport, food and drink, health, shopping, money, language and much more, not to mention useful insider tips for travellers with disabilities. There are plenty of 'Baedeker tips' alongside the relevant places and sights information, making this guide ideal for on-the-spot reference. The guide is accompanied by a large, fully indexed, pull-out map, along with 90 detailed maps and plans within the text that clearly pin-point the best places to stay and top venues to eat and drink en route. There are 8 recommended tours specially designed to ensure you see the very best of Italy, they cover different parts of the country and range in journey length, so whatever your interests you can choose the tour to suit you and the time you have to spare. Top sights are clearly plotted along the way with the distances marked between them to help you plan your route. All of this invaluable information is contained within a handy plastic wallet that allows you to keep the guide and map together whilst ensuring that both will survive in all weather.
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BACKGROUND:Benvenuti in Italia!; Facts; The Natural Environment; Population, Politics, Economy; History; Prehistory; Antiquity; Middle Ages; From the 15th Century to Napoleon; Art and Culture; History of Art in Italy; Art of the Stones; Famous People. PRACTICALITIES: Accommodation; Arrival, Before the Journey; Beaches and Thermal Springs; Electricity; Emergency; Etiquette and Customs; Festivals, Holidays and Events; Food and Drink; The Secret Lies in Cold Pressing; Health; Information; Language; Literature; Money; Opening Times; Post, Communications; Prices and Discounts; Shopping; Sports and Outdoors; Transport; Travellers with Disabilities; Time; When to go. TOURS: Tours through Italy; Travelling in Italy; Tour 1: Off the Beaten Track; Tour 2: Golden Cities; Tour 3: Along the Via Aurelia; Tour 4: Tour dellArte; Tour 5: Across the Apennines; Tour 6: The Sunny Side of Italy; Tour 7: On the East Coast; Tour 8: Down South. SIGHTS FROM A to Z: Abruzzo; Alba, Langhe; Amalfitana; Ancona; Aosta, Aoste; Apulia, Puglia; The Emperor with Two Faces; 3D: Castel del Monte; Aquileia; Arezzo; Assisi; Asti; Bari; Basilicata; Belluno; Bergamo; Bologna; Bolzano; The Man from the Ice; Bormio; Brescia; Calabria; The Pit of the South; Capri, Isola di Capri; Caserta; Cinque Terre; Citta di Castello; Como; Cortona; Cremona; Cuneo; Dolomites, Dolomiti; Elba, Isola d'Elba; Ferrara; Florence, Firenze; 3D: Piazza della Signoria; Foligno; Genoa, Genova; Grosseto; Gubbio; Herculaneum, Ercolano; Ischia, Isola d'Ischia; Lago di Como, Lake Como; Lago di Garda, Lago di Benaco; Lago di Lugano, Lago Ceresio; Lago Maggiore, Verbano; Lago Trasimeno, Lake Trasimeno; L'Aquila; Lazio; Livorno; Lucca; Mantua, Mantova; Le Marche; 3D: Urbino, Palazzo Ducale; Massa Marittima; Merano; Milano; 3D: Cathedral S. Maria Nascente; The Unheard-of Lightness of Design; Modena; Music in Italy; Molise; Montepulciano; Naples, Napoli; Cosa Nostra Co.; Novara; Orvieto; Ostia; Padua, Padova; Paestum; Parma; Pavia; Perugia; Piacenza; Pisa; Pistoia; Pompeji, Pompei; Prato; Ravenna; 3D: Sant'Apollinare in Classe; Rimini; Riviera, Liguria; Rome, Roma; 3D: Colosseo; Stato della Citta del Vaticano; 3D: San Pietro in Vaticano; Salerno; San Gimignano; San Marino; Sardinia, Sardegna; Sicily, Sicilia; 3D: Monreale Cathedral and Cloister; When the Earth Quakes; Siena; Spoleto; Sulmona; Taranto; Terni; Tivoli; Todi; Trento; Treviso; Trieste; Turin, Torino; Udine; Venice, Venezia; Is Venice sinking?; 3D: Palazzo Ducale; Verona; Versilia; Vicenza; Viterbo; Volterra. Index; List of maps and illustrations; Photo credits; Publishers information.