The Rough Guide to Italy

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Practical travel guide to Italy with a free eBook featuring points-of-interest structured lists of all sights and off-the-beaten-track treasures, with detailed colour-coded maps, practical details about what to see and to do in Italy. The Rough Guide to Italy also includes details on how to get there and around, pre-departure information, as well as top time-saving tips, like a visual list of things not to miss in Italy, expert author picks and itineraries to help you plan your trip.

The Rough Guide to Italy covers: Rome and Lazio; Piemonte and Valle d'Aosta; Liguria; Lombardy and the Lakes; Trentino-Alto Adige; Venice and the Veneto; Friuli-Venezia Giulia; Emilia-Romagna; Tuscany; Umbria; Le Marche; Abruzzo and Molise; Campania; Puglia; Basilicata and Calabria; Sicily; Sardinia.

Inside this travel guide you'll find:


Experiences for every kind of trip to Italy, from off-the-beaten-track adventures in Urbino to family activities in child-friendly places, like Parco Nazionale D'Abruzzo or chilled-out breaks in popular tourist areas, like the Vatican Museums.


Essential pre-departure information including Italy entry requirements, getting around, health information, travelling with children, sports and outdoor activities, food and drink, festivals, culture and etiquette, shopping, tips for travellers with disabilities and more.


Carefully planned routes covering the best of Italy give a taste of the richness and diversity of the destination, and have been created for different time frames or types of trip.


Clear structure within each sightseeing chapter includes regional highlights, brief history, detailed sights and places ordered geographically, recommended restaurants, hotels, bars, clubs and major shops or entertainment options.


Tips on how to beat the crowds, save time and money and find the best local spots for skiing, hiking or visiting ancient sites and idyllic beaches.


Rough Guides' rundown of Matera, Lecce, Florence and Venice's best sights and top experiences helps to make the most of each trip to Italy, even in a short time.


Written by Rough Guides' expert authors with a trademark blend of humour, honesty and expertise, to help to find the best places in Italy, matching different needs.


Comprehensive 'Contexts' chapter features fascinating insights into Italy, with coverage of history, religion, ethnic groups, environment, wildlife and books, plus a handy language section and glossary.


Features inspirational colour photography, including the stunning Pantheon and the spectacular Temple of Hera .


Practical full-colour maps, with clearly numbered, colour-coded keys for quick orientation in Rome, the Lakes and many more locations in Italy, reduce need to go online.


With helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time.


Free eBook download with every purchase of a printed book allows you to access all of the content from your phone or tablet, for on-the-road exploration.

Book Details

ISBN: 9781789194531
Series: Rough Guides Main Series
Publication Date: 8/31/2019
Pages: 1040
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm


This title is a part of Rough Guides Main Series

Practical travel guides series covering countries, cities and regions, with detailed factual travel tips, perfect for independent, long-stay, backpacking and budget-conscious travellers seeking comprehensive travel information and off-the-beaten track experiences

  • Extensive practical travel information including getting there, getting around, climate information, safety tips, accommodation explanations, food & drink advice and shopping essentials 

  • Curated author picks with destination highlights at the beginning of each guide

  • Ready-made itineraries covering every corner of the destination

  • Colour-coded places chapters with detailed coverage of places and sights, presented in a points-of-interest structure 

  • Extensive recommendations for accommodation, restaurants, shops and leisure activities for all budgets

  • Colour-coded detailed maps with marked-up key sights 

  • Insights on history and nature highlights  

  • Easy to use, newspaper-style layout

  • All guides published from January 2021 are printed on paper from responsible sources verified to meet FSC’s strict environmental and social standards

  • Free eBook with each printed guide published from May 2019 

Format: 129 x 198mm

Price: £14.99-£26.99 | $13.99-$34.99

Extent: 616–1208 page


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4.5 out of 5, 8 global ratings

Amazon Customer

Handy guide, but chunky

Reviewed on June 30, 2022
Paperback | Verified

It's a bit bigger than the other rough guides i have purchased in the past so couldn't fit it in my hand luggage as I wanted, however it came with an e-version so I was able to take it with me anyway and this also meant it was searchable to fins specific info.

Amazon Customer

Exactly what you'd expect from a Rough Guide book.

Reviewed on June 15, 2022
Paperback | Verified

Decent recommendations, really handy in country travel information (trains etc) and recommendations for food, accommodation and attractions to suit all budgets.
The fact that the book comes with a downloadable e-book is also handy, saving you from having to lug the heavy book around d on your travels.

Amazon Customer

It's roughly a guide to Italy

Reviewed on September 16, 2021
Paperback | Verified

If you want to go to Italy and you want a guide book this one will do. I found it surprisingly smooth so if you want it to be rougher try covering it in sandpaper.

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