Fodor's Italy 2012
Get inspired and plan your next trip with Fodorís ebook travel guide to Italy.
Intelligent Planning:† Discover all of the essential, up-to-date travel insights you expect in a Fodorís guide, including Fodorís Choice dining and lodging, top experiences and attractions, and detailed planning advice.
Easy Navigation for E-Readers:† Whether youíre reading this ebook from start to finish or jumping from chapter to chapter as you develop your itinerary, Fodorís makes it easy to find the information you need with a single touch. In addition to a traditional main table of contents for the ebook, each chapter opens with its own table of contents, making it easy to browse.
Full-Color Photos and Maps:† Itís hard not to fall in love with Italy as you flip through a vivid full-color photo album. Explore the layout of city centers and popular neighborhoods with easy-to-read full-color maps. Plus get an overview of Spanish geography with the convenient atlas at the end of the ebook.
Whatís Covered? Get to Know Italy:† The prosperous north has Italyís most sophisticated culture and its most diverse landscape. Venice is a rare jewel of a city, and Milan and Turin are centers of commerce and style. Along the countryís northern border, the mountain peaks of the Dolomites and Valle díAosta attract skiers in winter and hikers in summer, while the Lake District and the coastline of the Ligurian Riviera are classic summertime playgrounds.
No place better epitomizes the greatness of the Renaissance than Florence, where thereís a masterpiece around every corner, from Michelangeloís David to Botticelliís Venus. The central regions of Tuscany and Umbria are characterized by midsize cities and small hilltop towns, each with its rich history and art treasures. Highlights include the walled city of Lucca; Pisa and the Leaning Tower, Siena, home of the Palio; and Assisi, the city of St. Francis. In between, the gorgeous countryside produces some of Italyís finest wine.
The region of Campania is a popular place both to unwind on the pint-size island of Capri or the resort towns of the Amalfi Coast and to explore the past at the archaeological ruins of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Paestum. In the middle of everything is the vibrant, chaotic city of Naples. Farther south, in the off-the-beaten-path regions of Puglia, Basilicata, and Calabria, youíll find attractive beaches, mysterious ancient dwellings, and the charming town of Lecce. Across a narrow straight from Calabria is Sicily. Baroque church-hopping could be a sport on the cacophonous streets of Palermo and Siracusa, and amid the almond groves of Agrigento stands one of the worldís best-preserved Greek ruins.
Italyís capital is one of the great cities of Europe. Itís a large, busy metropolis that lives in the here and now, yet thereís no other place on earth where youíll encounter such powerful evocations of a long and spectacular past, from the Colosseum to the dome of St. Peterís. With more masterpieces per square foot than any other city in the world, Rome presents a particular challenge for visitors: just as they begin to feel smitten by the city, they realize they donít have time to see more than a fraction of its treasures. Explore all the glories of Rome that you can, from Ancient Rome and the Vatican to Piazza Navona and Trastevere.
Note:† This ebook edition is adapted from Fodorís Italy 2011 but differs in some content. Additionally, the ebook edition includes photographs and maps that will appear on black-and-white devices but are optimized for devices that support full-color images
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