Blue Guide Venice
The best got better
Reviewed by Jeff Cotton
You know what to expect from a Blue Guide – a solid and detailed survey of the art and architecture, free of pretension, fashion and recommendations of what’s ‘happening’. And so this new edition is satisfying and unsurprising, except it’s now illustrated fully in colour! And not just the photos – the maps, plans and drawings get a clarifying colourful spruce up too. It’s like a Dorling Kindersley guide mated with a Blue Guide. Almost, there’s still more text than pics. Anyway, this guide is now even more the best to get.
Blue Guide Rome
Very good guide to Rome
Reviewed by Jmb
Format: Kindle ebook
First, I bought both the paperback and Kindle editions. I bought the paperback first, but it was so thick that it was impossible to carry it with me easily while sightseeing. I then bought the Kindle edition, and had no problems with faults or navigation like the earlier reviewer. One simply must go back to the table of contents (easily done) and then simply click on the site/area one wishes to explore. Like all Blue Guides, it is comprehensive, especially in its descriptions of the major churches of Rome. Some of the walks suggested were really good, and I am glad I followed the book’s advice. However, the author of the book does not hold back when he/she doesn’t think something is worth your time. In a couple of cases, I am glad that I went to a church even though the book said it held little merit. Still, the book made my four-day trip to Rome much more meaningful.
Blue Guide Rome
Well worth the weight to take on site
Reviewed by Luce
So glad to see an updated edition of one of the finest guide books ever. I relied on its predecessor until so many changes occurred in what it is possible to see in Rome. This is the right book for serious visitors or residents in Rome who want depth of history and solid information. Great for pre-travel study or armchair reflection. This is not the book for people primarily in search of where to eat or where to stay. Best book to take on site for thorough explanation of what you see without the book weight of colored illustrations. A must for the scholarly tourist.
Blue Guide Trentino & the South Tyrol
Focus on Trento and South Tyrol
Reviewed by cookie2
This was a very informative book. We spent a week in the area and had plenty to see. It was great to have a book that focused on the region we had chosen to visit. We found some real gems. We would have loved a little information on the local wines with some contact info. It was a great trip and this book had a lot to do with it!
Blue Guide Sicily
Covers the topic very thoroughly.
Reviewed by Brooklyn Kid
I always find the ‘Blue Guides’ excellent. Very informative and easy to use.