Some recent feedback on Amazon

While we recommend and support good book shops as the obvious place to buy a Blue Guide, we also provide functionality from these pages to order copies for immediate delivery from Amazon.  One of the advantages of this for us is that we can see the excellent rankings and feedback from readers that our titles receive, in itself rewarding for our authors, editors and production team, who put an enormous amount of work into publishing “the best-researched, best presented guide books in the English language”. Here are some recent comments.

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Blue Guide Rome

Very good guide to Rome

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

By Luce
Format: Paperback

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 Rome

Roma nascosta

By James A. Sullivan
Format: Paperback

This volume is like the older Blue Guides, deep in history if not as drenched with art objects or esoterica. One example, take the Aurelian Wall. Learn how the Romans loved it, they needed to keep out the barbarian hordes, naturally. The legions were busy skirmishing outside the city, so Roman citizens picked up their spades and did the building. A Trumpian moment, of course.

Blue Guide Rome

Good book

By Dianne
Format: Paperback

Filled with great historical information for those visiting Rome.

Blue Guide Rome

The best!

By Lucia
Format: Paperback

Blue Guides are the very best guides in the world. I have been using them for over 60 years. If you take one to where ever you are going you will learn about everything there is to see and how to get to it. Gave this guide to my grandson who is off to Rome for a semester and he tells me it’s terrific.

Blue Guide Rome

Roman Holiday: The Gold Standard

By amachinist
Format: Kindle ebook

The ROME BLUE GUIDE became like a talisman for this reviewer. It provided detailed information about each sight including directions, history, photos and drawings. There were recommendations on where to eat and sleep as well as directions on how to get places. Detailed maps were included in the back. Options for public transport were also included. When in doubt about the order of popes or emperors, chronological lists were provided. A detailed index was so helpful. For the most fulfilling visit EVER to the Eternal City, don’t leave home without the Rome Blue Guide!

Blue Guide Rome

Tremendous guide

By mark browne
Format: Kindle ebook

Superb highly detailed guide to the history, art, culture and important sights in Rome.

Blue Guide Rome

Just what is needed

By D. Blitz
Format: Kindle ebook

Just what is needed to figure out in depth what you want to see, wish I had this the first trip. Some people commented the kindle edition maps have an overprint which they do but I found that not an issue to read the plans etc, that was a worry of mine but it is a non issue.

Blue Guide Rome

Five stars

By Lisa
Format: Paperback

Love Blue Guide series, only guide books I will purchase.

Blue Guide Rome

Blue Guides are great!

By Kindle Customer
Format: Kindle ebook

Perfect for more in depth explorations. Damn near every thing you could ever see in Rome. Kindle version works well.

Blue Guide Rome

No need for guided tours when you have…

By R. Bryant
Format: Paperback

We took several guide books to Italy and this was by far our favorite. No need for guided tours when you have the Blue Guide. Also loved the city walks.

Blue Guide Rome

Excellent reference book for my recent trip to Rome!

By Erin
Format: Paperback

Excellent reference book for my recent trip to Rome! Three of each had our own copy and we poured over it the entire trip. It includes historical facts on the may ancient sights to see in Rome as well as current dining and shopping recommendations. If you are planning a trip, I recommend grabbing the Blue Guide.

Blue Guide Rome

Outstanding guide for the scholar in all of us!

By Samantha S. Birk
Format: Paperback

I have used Blue Guides for years and they are excellent! They provide a detailed historical information in a concise and brief format that is easy to read. Besides solid information and historical context, they also have excellent recommendations for dining, accommodations, and things to do.The diagrams are very useful help you ‘peel back’ the layers on what you are seeing. Compared to other guides, I find Blue guides to be far more comprehensive and easy to use.

Blue Guide Rome

Best guide book out there for Rome

By a y pasha
Format: Paperback

Best guide book out there for Rome, tells you everything and more, on loan to 4th person now, all impressed.

Blue Guide Rome

Five Stars

By Edwin Tomlinson
Format: Paperback

Book in excellent condition and up to date. A good buy.

Blue Guide Rome

Excellent, all you need when combined with one other “pragmatic” guide

By J. Mark
Format: Paperback

30 years ago, LP was the only guide book I used. I’d read that Blue Guides were “dry”, but the on-line previews seemed to have much more depth. Purchased 4, for each of the major cities in Italy which we visited.

Pros: They are terrific! Substantial detail in art, architecture, and history, intelligently written, and without any apparent “PC” bias, which negatively effects so many guidebooks. We had other folks surreptitiously listening in when I’d read out the descriptions as we went; much of the content of other guidebooks seems to be cribbed from the Blues. Far, far more detail than the other guidebooks we had with us; Blue would often have full entries on sites the others did not even (or barely) mentioned. Cannot say enough about the fantastic wealth of information & detail on nearly every site; often as much or more than the local tour guides! We never felt the need for a guide except in the 1 or 2 locations Blue actually recommended it!

Cons: A little light on practical “getting there” and “where to stay” type information, but I do like that the Blues assumption is that you’re not a timid, fearful tourist & can figure some basics out for yourself. They’re big & heavy, so perhaps I’m going with the downloadable next time, tho I love the ability to re-read them at home.

When combined with any other guidebook that excels in the practical traveler’s type info (such as LP, Rough, Fodor/Frommer, etc. – your preference), the Blue Guides provide the excellent, in-depth detail into at what you’re actually looking.

Pilgrim’s Rome: A Blue Guide Travel Monograph

Best in class

By Rich Leonardi
Format: Kindle ebook

Wonderful resource that provides brief, encyclopedic descriptions of the history and significance of nearly all the important sites of Christian Rome. The digital version is especially helpful, as one can flip through the Kindle version on an iPhone while walking the streets of Rome. I’ve read just about every similarly themed book on Rome I could find, and Blue Guides’ Pilgrims Rome is the best.

Blue Guide Rome

The blue guide is One of the best books

By susanna majolino
Format: Paperback

The blue guide is One of the best books I’ve ever read About my mervellous city!! It is very well written, clear and with many details!!

Pilgrim’s Rome: A Blue Guide Travel Monograph

Excellent

By K
Format: Paperback

Bought for upcoming first trip to Rome. Had it spiral bound at a local shop in order to use it on the go. Excellent size. maps and resources.

Blue Guide Rome

Superb

By cubby43
Format: Paperback

Excellent detailed guide, just the right amount of information for me, thorough but in no way boring, very well written, very nicely laid out and organised, much better than the more common big name guidebooks in my opinion, indispensable.

Blue Guide Rome

The ultimate DETAILED art and sights guide

By GerryR
Format: Paperback

The Blue Guide is all about DETAILS; about the many many sights you could see when in Rome. This is NOT about where to eat or stay or how to get around, but about what there is to see – who built it, when and why – who painted it or carved it and how it all fits into the big picture. Very authoritative and accurate.

Blue Guide Rome

The Gold Standard for guidebooks to Rome

By G.B. Piranesi
Format: Paperback

Just arrived today in my mailbox, and am thoroughly pleased. Layout, image quality and substantially updated information makes this the guidebook of reference for the Eternal City. As erudite as ever, but more user-friendly than previous editions, this is the one to get.

Blue Guide Literary Companion Rome

Five Stars

By Audrey in Rome
Format: Kindle ebook

Wonderful book. I give them as gifts.

Pilgrim’s Rome: A Blue Guide Travel Monograph

Great Rome companion visiting Rome with a spiritual or religious purpose

By Smith
Format: Paperback

Very handy small format, almost pocket size and full of relevant information if you visit Rome with a spiritual or a religious historical purpose. Need to get used to the small maps but complemented by a tourist guide or a map, it worked very well for us. It is not a visual guide full of photos. Do not try cover the whole book unless you spend a few weeks in Rome. We will be back and indeed with this little great book in the bag.

Blue Guide Rome

Buy this guide for Rome travel

By Rich72
Format: Kindle ebook

I swear by the paperback editions of this guide, of which I have had two different one. Thrilled to see it available as a e-book, I purchased it immediately. This guide is the a thorough and comprehensive travel reference, with details other books simply ignore, figuring their users are real dilettantes. This is a serious book. We visit Rome for several months every year and always have a copy of it on hand. Now with the e-book, I can quickly access to Rome information with a couple of clicks. Will be great for walking around central Rome and all of its neighborhoods.

Pilgrim’s Rome: A Blue Guide Travel Monograph

Love it!

By Rev. J. Setelik Jr.
Format: Paperback

The Christian’s best friend in preparing to see Rome. Absolutely love it! Pocket size will be helpful.

Blue Guide Rome

Excellent guide to Rome

By Kurt Schweighauser
Format: Paperback

Excellent guide to Rome. I recently spent a week there and good this book everywhere. The last day I went to the Vatican and hired a tour guide. There were 25 people in the group, but with the help of the Blue Guide, I didn’t miss anything.

Blue Guide Rome

Not for the superficial or uninitiated

By John D. Wynn
Format: Paperback

The Blue Guides are uniformly outstanding, but you have to know what you are getting: detailed descriptions of art and architecture with myriad discussions of dates and names and places and little background for the less initiated. This is not for the casual reader with a superficial knowledge of history and little interest in every duke, lord, prince and princeling, architect, architect’s assistant, architect’s mentor or mid-career vs later-career predilection. It’s a dense, heavy book to lug around, and the extra effort is amply rewarded – if this is the kind of detail that you like.

Blue Guide Rome

Scholarly and readable: an indispensable guide to Rome

By Anne Redmon
Format: Paperback

We bought the Blue Guide to Rome for our second visit to the city in six months: this was because the Michelin Guide we had used before gave us only cursory information on the sites we had visited then. Rome was not, of course, built in a day and any of its major treasures certainly take at least half a day to see adequately. The Blue Guide is scholarly and perhaps too heavy-weight for quick tourism but if you have been bitten by the Roman bug and really want to delve then this is for you. It is written in clear language and the index makes it easy for you to dive in at any level you want. Now I have come home I want to pick it up again and pore over it, revisiting in my mind the places that we saw. We were particularly interested in San Clemente. My husband visited it alone in December because I had a tummy bug at the time and he had only the Michelin for company. This time we went together and spent an entire morning there with the Blue Guide taking us all the way from the Temple of Mithras on the lowest level right up to the stunning mosaics in the church itself. We could hardly tear ourselves away.

Pilgrim’s Rome: A Blue Guide Travel Monograph

LOVE

By MAS
Format: Kindle ebook

Blue Guides are the best of the best. I’m not Catholic but I am Christian and wanted a book that gave fantastic Biblical history of Rome. This book is unbiased, detailed, and very easy to read and enjoy. Next purchase Blue Guide Venice and Rome.

Pilgrim’s Rome: A Blue Guide Travel Monograph

A pocket-sized guide, which packs quite a punch…

By David Lown
Format: Paperback

For centuries Rome has been a magnet for pilgrims. They first arrived by foot or on horseback; they now arrive, more often than not, by train or aeroplane. Their means of transport might have changed, but their reasons for travelling hasn’t. As a place of pilgrimage, Rome is second only to Jerusalem in terms of importance. It was the site of some of the first Christian communities. It is the burial place of countless saints and martyrs. It is home to more than 900 churches and is, of course, the residence of the Bishop of Rome, also known as the Vicar of Christ and the Pope, which we learn are just a few of the Holy Father’s many titles. The first two chapters are devoted to Peter and Paul (Rome’s patron saints) and the sites associated with them. The author then moves on to the seven Patriarchal basilicas and the Catacombs. Much of the rest of the book is devoted to churches in general. There will always be quibbles in a book of this size over why some churches were selected, while others were omitted (why, for instance, Sant’Alfonso and not Santa Maria della Pace?), but that is inevitable. The book ends with a series of short entries on subjects such as Papal Indulgences and Stational Churches, which I found particularly interesting.

In writing a guidebook for Christian travellers to Rome, Ms Barber has become part of a long and venerable tradition, which dates back to the fourth century. However, unlike many of her predecessors, this author wears her knowledge lightly and is not above enlivening the text with the occasional anecdote. Believers and non-believers, first time visitors and veterans, all should slip this book into their pockets the next time they visit the Eternal City.