Monday, May 23, 2011

Book "Venice & the Best of Northern Italy" a Fodor's Travel Guide by Peter Blackman et al.

About the Book: Full-color guide • Make your trip to Northern Italy unforgettable with illustrated features, 40 maps, and 200 color photos.
Customize your trip with simple planning tools • Top experiences & attractions • Practical advice for getting around • Easy-to-read color regional maps.
Explore Venice, the Lake District, the Riviera, and beyond • Discerning Fodor’s Choice picks for hotels, restaurants, sights, and more • “Word of Mouth” tips from fellow Fodor’s travelers • Illustrated features on Venice's St. Mark's Basilica, wine in the Piedmont, and shopping in Milan • Best Alpine adventures, world-class museums, and out-of-the-way villages.
Opinions from destination experts • Fodor’s Italy-based writers reveal their favorite local haunts • Frequently updated to provide the latest information.

About the Writers: After completing his master's degree in art history, Peter Blackman, updater of the Piedmont chapter, settled permanently in Italy in 1986. Since then he's worked as a biking and walking tour guide. When he's not leading a trip, you'll find Peter at home in Florence.
Other writers are Bruce Leimsidor, Megan McCaffrey-Guerrera, Nan McElroy and Sara Rosso.

My Review: Fodor's Travel Guides never disappoint and this one in particular is no exception. The writers and the editor did a superb job putting together this wonderful guide, with full description of places, that should be able to fulfill all your needs for information on what to do, how to do, where to go, etc... when you are in Northern Italy.
I visited that region some years ago and looking at this guide made me want to come back and revisit many places. This guide is fully illustrated with beautiful photos and maps and they go deep in details on every attraction that you can find in that area. Among many remembrances I had from my trip, one most treasured was when I visited Murano and the glass factories over there, and those memories were revived through photos and precise description of places.
They propose an itinerary for a 10-day trip that cover the most important places in that whole region, besides giving you a high level picture of the history of each place. Suggested attractions to visit have a reference price and hours of operation.
Finally the "Where to Eat", "Where to Stay" and "Nightlife" sections of the guide are a tremendous help when you are planning your trip.
This is an outstanding result for a combined effort from five different writers and it was published by Fodor's Travel, a division of Random House Inc. in April 2011. I recommend this book for those who are serious about planing their trips and also for those who want to remember details on previous travels, while wishing they can return to Northern Italy some day in the future. was kind enough to provide this book for me through their Vine Program for reviewing and I was not request to provide a positive review. Opinions expressed here are my own.

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