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by Paul Blanchard

SPECIAL REPRINT EDITION: Blue Guide Northern Italy 2005, OF WHICH THIS IS A REPRINT, remains the classic reference source for some of the most stunning scenery and the most famous towns in the world - including, for example, Venice, Verona, Milan and Bologna - focusing on the artists who lived there and the patrons who gave them commissions.

Download Blue Guide Northern Italy epub
ISBN: 1905131011
ISBN13: 978-1905131013
Category: Travel
Subcategory: Europe
Author: Paul Blanchard
Language: English
Publisher: Blue Guides Limited; 12th edition (February 19, 2005)
Pages: 738 pages
ePUB size: 1150 kb
FB2 size: 1396 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 945
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On his website, travel guru Rick Steves says that Blue Guides take "a dry and scholarly approach to the countries of Europe. They're ideal if you want to learn as much about history, art, architecture, and culture as you possibly can." This is basically true, though I much prefer a "dry and scholarly" tone to Rick's "nerdy and precious" style. He's great when it comes to practical tips, but he can't touch the historical, artistic and architectural content of the Blue Guides.

Blue Guides pack a tremendous amount of information into their pages, much more than any other guide I've used. They're wonderful for reading before and after your trip, but they're probably too dense to pack and take along for most people. Before leaving on my honeymoon to Italy, I photocopied the relevant pages of the Northern Italy book to avoid having to pack it because I knew I wouldn't be visiting most of the cities it covers. (Be aware that this book does not include Rome, Florence, or Tuscany.) On that trip I field-tested three guides: Rick Steves, Eyewitness, and Blue Guide.

Blue Guides are not good to use as your main guide. They're far too light on practical matters such as maps, directions, hotels and restaurants, and they're not updated every year. I used Eyewitness to plan and get around and then pulled out the Blue Guide once I reached a major site. I used Rick Steves so little and found him so unhelpful that I left his books behind in hotels along the way.

Blue Guides have come a long way over the years. I was given an older edition of the Rome guide many years ago, and I couldn't believe how small the print was; it had a lot of detail but would have been very difficult to use while traveling. The publishers have learned their lesson: the current edition of the Rome guide is far easier to use and much more attractive, with colorful maps and an easier-to-read format. They've improved on the practical aspects as well, but you'll probably be in trouble if you rely on this book to get around in Rome. I recommend packing a more comprehensive one-volume guide such as Eyewitness and using Blue Guide to learn about specific sites once the other guide gets you to them. Keep Blue Guide on your shelf as an attractive reference and let it inspire you to return to Italy in the future!
The various Blue Guides to Italy are extraordinary resources for the knowledgeable traveler, interested in art, architecture and history, wishing to visit sites that they want to become more experienced with and educated about. The Blue Guides are not a general tourist guide. They are art, architecture and historical culture guides.

The Blue Guides are not about restaurants, bucket lists, hotels, trains, buses, hiking trails, top tens, must sees, top rated, best values, most fun or what to pack for your trip. They are concise and expert guides to the essentials of art and classical culture in the chosen areas. The number of people saying that the guides are "difficult" or "boring" or "useless" or "impossible" says volumes about the complete unfamiliarity with the subject, and the superficial interests, of the critics.

There is no shortage of glossy guide books available for people wanting to breeze through the Uffizi Museum in an hour, do Venice in an afternoon before returning to their cruise chip, make sure they get the photo of themselves holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa, find the best shopping for that adorable memento, sample the local food specialty, or make sure they see the Sistine Chapel before lunch. The Blue Guides are not those books. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for the knowledgeable traveler to Italy, and those wanting to be one.
Lots of useful info and helpful tips. It's a great resource if you want to take deep tours of Northern Italy.
I have yet to have it mailed. I had no idea when it was purchased that it would two months to get it. That is if it ever arrives.
Blue Guides are the perfect companion guide for anyone who wants to learn about what you are looking at and not miss something fabulous that's right next door to your hotel. Other reviewers are correct - Blue Guide is not the most comprehensive when it comes to hotels and restaurants (although there are abbrieviated recommendations) but the detail on art, architecture and history is unsurpassed. There are few if any other guides that will walk you through the Pinacoteca Nazionale in Bologna room by room, telling you what's in each , or guide you though Mantova's Palazzo Ducale with a floor plan and descriptions of every room. For example, this guide has a paragraph about each masterpiece in the Galleria dell'Accademia in Venice. This detail and attention to just about everything worth seeing is valuable in planning your trip or even in making sure, once you arrive in a city, that you aren't missing anything extraordinary. Once in Italy, reading the Blue Guide information about Mantova caused us to change our plans and visit this wonderful town on the two rivers with it's incredible Palazzo Te, the Camera degli Sposi, Sant' Andrea and other masterworks that we mkight have never found and experienced otherwise. Yeah, because they are so crammed with information, it's a pain to lug them along, but well worth the trouble. Take your Fodor's to help you figure out what hotels to stay in, but then leave it in your suitcase (or give it to a fellow traveler) and carry your Blue Guide for a true educational visit. By the way, the city guides (Rome, Florence, Venice) have excellent city maps that will not only get your around (on foot) but lable nearly all the buildings, churches,and museums you will pass on a morning jaunt around town.
Somehow... managed to be too much and not enough at the same time. Great that it talks about a lot of little towns... but then doesn't give much information on them. Its weird... not sure where I find value in this book. Also thick and is boring the way it is laid out.
Maybe worthwhile from a historical standpoint and maps were hot the most part OK but as S guide for touring they were useless and very heavy as well. I left th in Venice as not being worth bringing back
Loved the in-depth coverage of all the major and minor art treasures and hidden surprises I would not have known about without this Guide