The Bottom Line
- Very Scholarly but Easy to Read
- Filled with Interesting Information
- Helpful Sketches and Maps
- A little heavy for carrying along
- Ten self-guided walks and itineraries visit Rome's top monuments and lesser-known places with optional detours.
- Scholarly guide to Rome's main sights that goes way beyond the usual guide book.
- Black and white sketches and maps and practical information augment the walks.
- Written by a journalist and native of Rome who shares his passion for the city and its intricate history.
Guide Review - The Rome Guide, Step by Step through History's Greatest City
The Rome Guide, Step by Step through History's Greatest City, is written by Mauro Lucentini, a journalist who is a native of Rome. The author shares his passion and knowledge of the city and its history in this comprehensive and engaging book.
When I first got this book I thought I'd just take a quick look but it was so engaging and full of interesting information that I quickly became engrossed in reading it. Even having been to Rome many times before and having visited many of these sights, after just reading a few pages I was surprised at how much I didn't know and how much I would learn by reading it.
Readers can choose from ten different themed walks through Rome. Itineraries are detailed with notes about what to see along the walk and in-depth descriptions of the monuments and their history as well as information to read before you go. Black and white sketch maps and drawings along with transportation and other practical information assist readers along the walks. The walks are extensive but easy to follow, making this book good for both first-time visitors and those who are familiar with the city.
Also included in the book are a helpful glossary, lists of Emperors and Popes, a section on what to see outside the walls, good maps, and practical visitor information. This book is for the person who wants to really get to know Rome beyond the scope of the usual guidebook so don't expect to find extensive lists of places to eat or hotels. Instead the book is filled with interesting detailed narrative to help you make the most of your sight-seeing in Rome.
This well-written book will be of interest not only to those visiting Rome but also to anyone interested in history.