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BOBOLINO
BOBOLINO
                                            Italy
2012
by Darwin Porter & Danforth Prince
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 CONTENTS
List of Maps
viii
1
 THE BEST OF ITALY
 1
The Best Travel Experiences 2
The Most Romantic Getaways 5
The Best Museums 7
The Best Cathedrals 9
The Best Ruins 11
The Best Winegrowing Regions 14
The Best Luxury Hotels 17
The Best Moderately
Priced Hotels 20
The Best Restaurants 20
The Best Buys 22
2

ITALY IN DEPTH
 24
Italy Today 25
Looking Back at Italy 26
Art & Architecture 38
Italy in Popular Culture: Books,
Films & Music 45
A Taste of Italy 47
3

SUGGESTED ITALY ITINERARIES
 55
The Regions in Brief 56
TRAVEL LOCALLY—VESPA STYLE 
64
Italy in 1 Week 64
Italy in 2 Weeks 67
Italy for Families 70
Tuscany for Art & Architecture
Lovers 74
4
 SETTLING INTO ROME
 81
Essentials 82
Getting Around 88
FAST FACTS: ROME 
91
Where to Stay 92
Where to Dine 115
5

EXPLORING ROME

135
St. Peter’s & the Vatican 136
THE ETERNAL DRINKING WATER CITY 
140
PAPAL AUDIENCES 
145
The Colosseum, the Roman
Forum & Highlights of Ancient
Rome 147
The Pantheon & Attractions near
Piazza Navona & Campo de’
Fiori 158
The Spanish Steps, the Trevi
Fountain & Attractions
Nearby 162
In the Villa Borghese 167
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