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Bay of Naples and Southern Italy (Cadogan Guide Bay of Naples & Southern Italy)


Bay of Naples and Southern Italy (Cadogan Guide Bay of Naples & Southern Italy)

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    Dana Facaros(Author) Michael Pauls(Author)
This title explores the home of pizza, seeking out the pleasures of chic Positano and the Amalfi Coast, where Mount Vesuvius towers over the fantasy garden frescoes of Pompeii. It visits the ravishing landscape of Capri and takes a trip round vibrant Naples, with its world-famous restaurants and nightlife. 'For most of us today, the biggest attraction of all in the Mezzogiorno, (Italy's 'Noonday') is obvious enough. Even in Roman times, the land around the Bay of Naples was Campania Felix - fortunate Campania, the richest and most beautiful province of Italy, its seaside villas the chosen abodes of the Roman elite. History (not to mention the earthquakes and volcanoes) has given it plenty of hard knocks in all the centuries since, but the hints and fragments of paradise are still present.'

"'The most literary and fluently written of the available guidebooks' - Observer"

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  • By baithin on 22 August 2012

    I bought this guide in 2007 when it was newly issued and have used it frequently in my visits to Naples and Campania. Whilst it has the disadvantages of brevity applied to a large geographic area, it is delightful, highly readable and never less than assured in its judgements. In Summer 2012, I took it on my tour of Puglia, along with the Lonely Planet Guide to Southern Italy. After a day, I abandoned the Lonely Planet as a reliable source. It left out too much important Romanesque architecture, which is one of the glories of Medieval Puglia. It is also rather superficial in its judgements. Whilst I agree that the Cadogan could be more comprehensive, it does have a depth and insight missing from the more up-to-date Lonely Planet. The Cadogan educates rather than merely signposting and must surely be in line for an urgent update.

  • By Mr. Timothy Woffenden on 15 August 2011

    Fine if you want to focus on Naples and Amalfi, but for our holiday in Puglia this guide was sadly lacking. We stayed in the central area of the province around Fasano, and found information on important tourist towns such as Polignano a Mare entirely absent. I always enjoy the lively, readable style of these authors, who are normally my first port of call, but was very disappointed with the uneven coverage of this particular book. If you are going to Puglia, the Lonely Planet guide is the only English-langauge guide worth having.

  • By pauld on 25 October 2011

    Have just had a lovely week based in Sorrento - this book gave us all of the information that we needed to explore the area. Bus and train communications are very good (though sometimes very crowded) in the area so, armed with the book +bus & train timetables, we were able to see a lot in just a week. As well as seeing Sorrento, we visited Herculaneum, Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii, the Amalfi coast and Capri; in each case the book provided us with highlights and other information on which to base our itinerary.Why 4 stars rather than 5? Any travel book is likely to be out-of-date the day after it is published. So, for example, some of the recommended highlights in Pompeii weren't actually accessible. And the small-scale map of Pompeii wasn't easy to follow - though, frankly, nor were the maps that you could buy on-site! Still highly recommended, even though we only used less than a quarter of the book.

  • By L. Veerle on 21 May 2010

    I bought the book because I am planning to visit southern Italy. I think it gives a good overview of historical important buildings, nice restaurants, ... It might guide me, I hope, to the best places.

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