Fodor's Italy 2013 (Full-color Travel Guide)
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Fodor's Italy 2013 is the essential take-along companion. With hundreds of full-color photos, this updated edition highlights everything that visitors adore--from Italy's art and architecture to glorious Tuscan hill towns to red-hot nightlife, and even more!
Expanded Coverage: Fodor's Italy 2013 continues to provide thorough, insightful coverage to this year-after-year top European destination. Dozens of scintillating new reviews are sure to entice first- and even old-timers to hotels and restaurants scattered throughout Rome, Venice, and Florence. Establishments in farther-flung cities and towns are also given their due, and look for deeper coverage of trendy southern Italy destinations, such as Sicily, Puglia, and Basilicata.
Illustrated Features: Multiple full-color features bring the many sides of Italy to vibrant life. Included among the photogenic array of riches are the ancient ruins of Rome, Sicily, and Pompeii; Michelangelo's spectacular Sistine Ceiling, Palladio's villas, Florence's Duomo, and Assisi's basilica of St. Francis; the vineyards of Barolo and Tuscany; the scenic glory of the Cinque Terre and Venice's Grand Canal; the fashionista's fascinating Milan; and more.
Indispensable Trip Planning Tools: Convenient overviews show each region and its notable highlights, and chapter planning sections have savvy advice for making the most of travelers' time, with top tips on getting from cities to countryside villages. Enticing cuisine highlights are given in each regional chapter.
Discerning Recommendations: Fodor's Italy 2013 offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. "Word of Mouth" quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights.
Pullout Map: Handy take-along maps of Rome and Venice provide added value, giving travelers essential information about top attractions, walking tours, and nearby dining so they can travel with confidence.
TripAdvisor Reviews: Our experts' hotel selections are reinforced by the latest customer feedback from TripAdvisor. Travelers can book their Italy stay with confidence, as only the best properties make the cut.
1083 | 30124 | 041/5204827 | www.locandaorseolo.com | 12 rooms | Closed Jan. | Breakfast | Station: Vaporetto: Rialto or Vallaresso. Novecento. $$$ | HOTEL | This small, family-run hotel is on a quiet street a 10-minute walk from the Piazza San Marco. Inspired by the style of Mariano Fortuny, the early-1900s Spanish artist and fabric designer who made Venice his home, the intimate rooms are an elegant mélange of traditional Venetian and exotic furnishings. The Mediterranean, Indian, and
given the long coastline, it employs all sorts of seafood, but the real claim to fame is the exemplary use of vegetables and herbs. Basil is practically revered in Genoa (the word is derived from the Greek basileus, meaning “king”), and the city is considered the birthplace of pesto, the basil-rich pasta sauce. This and other herbs—laurel, fennel, and marjoram—are cultivated but also grow wild on the sun-kissed hillsides. Naturally, seafood plays a prominent role on the menu, appearing in soups,
Portofino, and Camogli. Camogli 15 km (9 miles) northwest of Portofino, 20 km (12 miles) east of Genoa. Getting Here By car, exit the A12 at Recco and follow the blue signs. There are several pay-parking lots near the village center. Camogli is on the main north–south railway line between Genoa and La Spezia. Visitor Information Camogli Tourism Office. Via XX Settembre 33/R | 16032 | 0185/771066 | www.prolococamogli.it. Exploring Camogli Camogli, at the edge of the
employed a new method of bricklaying, based on an ancient Roman herringbone pattern, interlocking each course of bricks with the course below in a way that made the growing structure self-supporting. The result was one of the great engineering breakthroughs of all time: most of Europe’s later domes, including that of St. Peter’s in Rome, were built employing Brunelleschi’s methods, and today the Duomo has come to symbolize Florence in the same way that the Eiffel Tower symbolizes Paris. The
San Giacomo dell’Orio. It was named after a laurel tree (orio), and today trees give character to this square. Add benches and a fountain (with a drinking bowl for dogs), and the pleasant, oddly shaped campo becomes a welcoming place for friendly conversation and neighborhood kids at play. Legend has it the Chiesa di San Giacomo dell’Orio was founded in the 9th century on an island still populated by wolves. The current church dates from 1225; its short unmatched Byzantine columns survived