Few cities are as historically rich as Rome, with its layers of treasures from the days of the ancient empire to medieval and Renaissance times, all juxtaposed with buzz of the modern capital. Explore Rome will lead you to the heart of the city: a brand-new, full-colour guide containing 17 easy-to-follow routes that take in the city centre's monuments - including a detailed itinerary around the Colosseum - as well as people-watching opportunities on the Spanish Steps, art treasures at the Vatican, trendy bars in Trastevere, and excursions to the ancient Roman villas and Castelli. Insight's trademark cultural coverage perfectly sets the routes in context, with introductions to Roman cuisine, the city's great shopping and its key historical dates. Hand-picked places to eat and drink are highlighted in each tour and in the directory section, which contains a wealth of practical information including a language guide, as well as a range of carefully selected hotels to suit all budgets. All routes are plotted on the useful pull-out map, and the beautiful photography shows off the splendour of Rome. Whether you are new to the city or a repeat visitor, and however long your stay, Explore Rome will help you discover the very best of the "eternal city".
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I bought this, not knowing when I’d be going to Tokyo, but found out I would be going there sooner than I thought. Less that a year after buying this book I found myself in Tokyo for a 4 hour layover. I hadn’t bookmarked anything in this book, and had barely read it, but I had broughtit along with me so when I landed in Japan, I’d know what to do. Thanks to this book I was able to go through the very difficult task of taking all the trains into the city from Narita Airport and rushing to Shibuya, Harajuku and Shinjuku. It was stressful and confusing, but I managed it, and am so happy I did. It totally worth the effort (not to mention money). If this book can guide me in a rush through Japan, then I’m sure it can do its job wonderfully if you actually read the whole book! And the maps Insight Guide includes with numbers, matching with sites being described is so helpful. It also includes a small fold out map (not entirely helpful) with a bunch of restaurants pinpointed on it. Defiantly a necessity for all planning on going to Tokyo.more