Frommer's Italy 2013 (Frommer's Color Complete)
Eleonora Baldwin, Stephen Keeling
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- Insider advice on avoiding the crowds as you explore some of Italy's greatest gems, from the Uffizi in Florence to the Vatican Museum in Rome, and from the ruins at Pompeii to Venice's St. Mark's basilica. Plus tips for navigating the country's lovely but less-traveled corners, like the Marches, the Dolomites, and even Sardinia.
- Where to find the absolute best seafood in Venice, the loveliest vineyards in Tuscany, the tastiest pizza in Naples, and, of course, the finest gelato that Italy has to offer.
- Insightful commentary on Italy's dazzling array of art and architectural masterpieces, from Michelangelo's statue of David to the glories of St. Peter's in Rome.
- Opinionated reviews. No bland descriptions and lukewarm recommendations. Our expert writers are passionate about their destinations--they tell it like it is in an engaging and helpful way.
- Exact prices listed for every establishment and activity--no other guides offer such detailed, candid reviews of hotels and restaurants. We include the very best, but also emphasize moderately priced choices for real people.
- User-friendly features including star ratings and special icons to point readers to great finds, excellent values, insider tips, best bets for kids, special moments, and overrated experiences.
take a break—and a predinner drink—in one of Rome’s most unique cafes. Located in the Bramante Cloister, visitors can admire the famous Raphael frescoes of the Sibyls and Angels thanks to large glass partitions that overlook the church of Santa Maria della Pace. Kissing your loved one at sunset on Ponte Sisto: The footbridge that connects Campo de’ Fiori to the bohemian Trastevere district is the perfect backdrop for romance. Above Piazza Trilussa where all the nightlife action is, lovers can
equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius piazza made it a victim of pollution, has been restored and is now kept in the museum for protection. This is the only such equestrian statue to have survived from ancient Rome, mainly because it was thought for centuries that the statue was that of Constantine the Great, and papal Rome respected the memory of the first Christian emperor. It’s beautiful, although the perspective is rather odd. The statue is housed in a glassed-in room on the street level, the
the Villa Borghese to house his collection. Bilotti was a friend of Giorgio de Chirico, and the permanent collection includes 22 canvases by that surrealist artist. De Chirico spent most of his life in Rome, dying here in 1978. Other works are by Larry Rivers, Dubuffet, and Giacomo Manzù, who is represented here by a large cardinal in bronze. Villa Borghese, at Viale Fiorello La Guardia. www.museocarlobilotti.it. 5.50€ adults, 4.50€ children. Tues–Sun 9am–7pm. Metro: Flaminio. 060608. Admission
(from underwear to cashmere overcoats) conservative and well crafted. The prices are more reasonable than you might think, and the staff is courteous and attentive. , Via Condotti Behind all the chrome mirrors is swank Valentino 13 (www.valentino.it; 06-6790479; Metro: Piazza di Spagna), where you can become one of the most fashionable women in town—if you can afford to be. Valentino’s men’s haute couture is sold nearby at Via Bocca di Leone 15 ( 06-6787585; Metro: Piazza di Spagna). The
Navona, and the Pantheon, as well as lying a few steps from the Parliament. You can find a wellupholstered armchair waiting for you under the vaulted ceilings of the public rooms, perhaps facing a reproduction of a Titian nude. Rooms are decorated in shades of gray, taupe, and white. You can enjoy breakfast on the hotel’s roof terrace. Via di Pallacorda 2, 00186 Roma. www.hoteladriano.com. 06-68802451. Fax 06-68803926. 80 units. 142€–297€ double; 337€–500€ suite. Rates include buffet breakfast.