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Unabellavista Rome: How to Tour Italy    by Anthony Capozzoli order for
Unabellavista Rome
by Anthony Capozzoli
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Bella Industries, 2007 (2007)

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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Planning a trip to Rome? Lucky you. I'm sure you have all the guide books you think you need. But if you are going to get the most from your trip, you need a copy of Unabellavista Rome: How To Tour Italy.

This wonderful guide lays before your eyes all the information you might possibly need on the works of art available for viewing. It explains how to 'Maximize your time in Rome' with itineraries organized by region. The food and wine tips prevent your missing out on any of the luscious edibles on offer. An index by Sight and Artist makes sure you don't bypass anything on your must see list. An added bonus is the audio guide the author recorded to share with you his passion for Italy.

I wish I had had the guide to the Sistine Chapel when I visited there. I drank in the beauty and marveled at Michelangelo's extraordinary talent. But I would have liked to have had a better understanding of what I felt privileged to see. Great works of art, such as the Trevi fountain, are represented in the guide with not only a photograph but also an explanation of how they came to be named and what they symbolize. Sites are mapped out and buildings containing art, that you've probably heard of all your life, are yours to view. The floor plan for the Vatican Museum allows one to drool in front of some of the most glorious paintings and statues in the world.

Caravaggio's Calling of Saint Matthew glows on a wall in the Contarelli chapel. Don't miss the Piazza Navona, one of the most beautiful Piazzas in all of Italy. Possibly you will want to enjoy a gelato and a bella passegiatta there. We've all heard of the Spanish Steps and the Fontana della Baraccia. Another don't miss site. I could go on and on. Unabellavista Rome is a marvelous guide, a necessity for a Roman holiday. It brought back many memories of my all-too-short time in that great city and increased my desire to return.

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