The Best of the City
By Katie Parla
(National Geographic Society, Paperback, 9781426208720, 192pp.)
Publication Date: March 6, 2012
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The Whirlwind Tours section shows you how to see the entire city in a day or a weekend; what sights will interest kids most; plus, a hedonist's tour that's pure pleasure from dawn to midnight and beyond.
The Neighborhoods section of the book presents the city broken down into 15-odd itineraries that lead you on a step-by-step tour to the best sights in each of the city's greatest neighborhoods--from Rome's ancient heart to Laterano to Piazza di Spagna to Trastevere.
Travel Essentials provides information on how to get to the city and how to get around, as well as hand-picked hotels and restaurants.
Each itinerary includes the following features:
Distinctly Rome: Explore the city through 2-page features that showcase the quintessential aspects of the city, such as Renaissance Architecture, the popes through history, and Roman baths. Here you'll get intriguing background information to help you understand why this city is one of the world's greatest.
Best of: Specific thematic groupings of sights are described, such as coffee and cafes, street markets, and gelato shops.
In-depth: These spreads take a deep dive into a major museum or other sight--the Colosseum, Palazzo Barberini, and Galleria
Borghese, for example--providing step-by-step guidance on what to see and how to plan your visit.
Sidebars throughout give you the low down on shopping, eating, and going out on the town, and offer insider tips and interesting asides.