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Italy, Instructions for Use:
The Practical, On-Site Assistant for the Enthusiastic (Even Experienced) Traveler

by Nan McElroy

ISBN 1885436300 / 9781885436306 / 1-885436-30-0
Publisher Illustrata Press
Language English
Edition Softcover
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Called "a boon" and "akin to an operating manual" by Publishers Weekly, Italy: Instructions for Use is the only handbook concentrates solely on the practical aspects of Italian travel. This well-organized, visually pleasing guide keeps all the insider info that other guides have neither the space nor expertise to provide at your fingertips. And whether you choose the palm-sized print version or the Kindle ebook, it won't weigh you down.

Written by an American who lives in Venice and is fluent in the language, Italy: Instructions for Use foregoes dense destination descriptions for concise, in-depth, specifics that are impossible to amass--not to mention memorize--as you frenetically prepare for your journey. The Instructions instead provides expert answers to the questions that occur as you travel, in context, at the moment they arise.

An elegant, color-illustrated guide designed for easy reference, it's packed with the most current, pertinent advice available. Updates include revised information on trains, cell phoning, and more. 

No matter what your destination, you'll find info on:

  • Eating, drinking, ordering, tipping 
  • Driving, including color road sign illustrations
  • Phoning (local, international and cell calls) and getting online 
  • the Italian train system 
  • Shopping, shipping, VAT refunds 
  • Vocabulary in context, Italian to English, and vice-versa 
  • Tourist information 
  • Keys to language pronunciation 
  • Extensive appendix and index

Attractive as it is useful, Italy: Instructions for Use has been assisting travelers since it as first published in 2004. It's the indispensable, ideal companion to any destination guide. Read the Instructions before you go (perhaps a page or two each night), scan it again on the plane, and then keep it in your handiest pocket to consult for every what-now travel situation.

Just remember: when all else fails, read the Instructions! [via]