Guide of Rome, Visit Rome with a Tour guide or a Blue Guide Book

Guide of Rome | Visit Rome with a Tour guide or a Blue Guide Book Rome Walking Guided Tours

Guide of Rome  | Blue Guide Concise Rome, 1st edition 2010; 2nd edition in preparation (Alta Macadam)

Guide of Rome. Visit Rome with a Tour guide or a Guide Book
Guide of Rome. Visit Rome with a Tour guide or a Guide Book

Guide of Rome | The Blue Guide Rome, which belongs to the famous English guidebook series established at the beginning of the 20th century, is widely considered the standard Guide to Rome. The tenth edition, currently in print, has over 600 pages. It takes the visitor to the most beautiful parts of the city. It provides a detailed description of all its significant monuments and practical information about the best way of visiting them.

The text is arranged in 36 chapters devoted to areas of the city, such as The Capitoline hill; Trastevere; The Aventine hill (with the Circus Maximus and Baths of Caracalla); The Pantheon and district; Around Campo de Fiori; or to similar buildings such as The Sumptuous churches of the Counter-Reformation; Galleria Doria Pamphilj and the Galleria Colonna, etc.

In addition,, there are 6 walks to areas which particularly lend themselves to detailed exploration, such as The old streets close to Piazza Navona; Through the artists’ district (between Piazza di Spagna and Piazza del Popolo); The Borgo (around the Vatican); The old Ghetto, etc. These are accompanied by large-scale plans of the particular district described, with all the places mentioned marked.

Rome Walking Guided Tours | The editorial policy accompanies descriptions of museums, galleries, churches, and archaeological areas with detailed keyed site plans to aid the visitor. 

Guide of Rome | Museums is described in detail, room by room. Archaeological sites, provide descriptions of what you can see today on the ground and an account of how the temple or basilica may have looked in the ancient city.

‘Boxes’ within the text are devoted to certain aspects which need further explanation such as: ‘Roman statues and portraiture’; ‘Cosmati & the Cosmatesque’; ‘The Castellani jewelers’; ‘Romans and their baths’; ‘The influence of Fascism on the urban context of Rome’; ‘St Paul the Apostle in Rome’; ‘Roman gods and their worship’; ‘The Aqueducts of Rome; ‘Rome as a center of pilgrimage’; ‘Roman copies of Greek statuary’; or they provide a short biography of important Emperors, Popes, and Artists.

Guide of Rome| The Guide is illustrated with a series of photographs, many specially taken by the editorial team and most of them of the less familiar sights or details of what best characterizes the city. There are also excellent architectural elevations of some of the most important buildings.

An entire section of the book is devoted to hotel and restaurant listings. These are chosen with great care and described in detail to help readers decide where to stay and eat in all price categories. When drawing up the list, we are prohibited from accepting payment from any establishment, as the statement of editorial independence on the title page of the Guide states. We believe that less is more in these days of numerous websites specializing in places to stay: we produce a shortlist of reliable and comfortable businesses in each city area in various price brackets, all of which we have inspected.

Colosseum Visit Rome with a Tour guide or a Guide Book
Colosseum Visit Rome with a Tour guide or a Guide Book

Practical information also includes steering the reader to the best, most up-to-date, and official websites which will be the most useful to them, since nowadays there is such a proliferation of websites that sometimes makes it difficult to obtain reliable specific information.

An excellent historical introduction to Rome by a professional historian at the beginning of the book, an article on Popes and the Papacy, and a chapter on Twentieth-century Rome. For days out of Rome, the wonderful archaeological sites of Ostia Antica and Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli are described in the last two chapters.

Churches, museums, and archaeological sites normally kept closed or difficult to access are listed and described in the Appendix to give as complete a picture as possible of everything of historical importance in the city.

For handy reference, there is a chronological list of the rulers of Ancient Rome and all the Popes from the 1st century up to the present. The analytical 25-

page index also gives dates for all the artists.

In the preparation of each new edition of the Guide, every place described is revisited as this is the only way an accurate account of the city today can be produced. There is no substitute for a visit on the ground, even now that many places have websites.

Much research is carried out to ascertain that there have been no important changes in attributions of works of art since the previous edition (information obtained also from the catalogs of all the most important exhibitions that have taken place, especially those in Italy, in the intervening years). Newly published monographs on essential artists are also consulted. Expert knowledge about excavations in progress is obtained when necessary to keep up to date on this important activity which continues year by year in the very heart of the city.

Rome Walking Guided Tours | Guide of Rome | The Blue Guide series includes the Concise Blue Guide Rome, the first edition published in 2010. Preparations are underway to produce a second edition which will be issued as an e-book. This pocket-size guide is intended for visitors who have perhaps only a few days to spend in the city. It covers the major sights as well as a few of its more hidden treasures. Each chapter has a section at the end on ‘food and drinks’ to steer readers to places close by where they can sit down and rest and have something to eat. Like the complete Blue Guide Rome,, it is supplied with illustrations, ground plans, and an atlas. It attempts to provide a distillation of the best in Rome in a handy format for on-site use.

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