This recent publication is a must have for any traveler to Rome. Whether it is your first trip or your 100th trip, you’re bound to find this book helpful and useful. Frommer’s 24 Great Walks in Rome features just that – 24 great walks that are simple, manageable and well-laid out.
Each tour is prefaced with a map that shows you your route. Each “stop” on the map is indicated with a number which then relates back to an explanation of the tour. The maps and text are coupled to provide the reader (and the walker) with an excellent sense of where they start, where they go, and where they end. Another great thing that I love about this book is that it doesn’t leave you wandering or wondering how to get to where you want to go and nor does it leave you stranded at the end of the walking tour. If your tour starts outside of Rome (such as the walking tour of the Via Appia), then book tells you how to get back to Rome at the end of your walk. The book tells you how to get to where you need to be to start the tour, and the tours make great use of public transport — which is not only friendlier for the environment (trust me, too many people drive in Rome as it is) but it will save you the stress, headache and aggravation of trying to drive in Rome
The book is well indexed so if you are looking for a specific walking tour, check to see if one is offered. Interesting in seeing a particular church, monument or site, it’s probably in the index which will then reference the tour that you should try to see your monument/site/place of choice.
Many tours feature a selection of places to dine and eat, especially if you are taken off the beaten track. This is helpful and most of the suggestions I have tried myself and must say that they have selected some really interesting and authentic places. Each of the tours will educate you and familiarize you with a different part and aspect of Rome.
What this book doesn’t do is provide a listing of places to lodge nor does it have a “Getting there” section or a section with other practical useful information about Italy. But don’t discount this book. If you’re new to Rome and are looking to experience as much of the true Rome as possible, then this book is definitely for you.
You can find this book at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble (store or online), Borders or your favorite bookstore. The book is priced at $15.99 but with coupons and/or online deals, you can probably pick it up for less.
2nd image: Narrow alley in Trastevere, Rome taken from the lower slopes of Gianniccolo hill; image is in the public domain