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Aug 14th, 2014, 09:09 PM
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Best guide book for puglia?? is it lonely planet?

we are spending one week in puglia.

what is the most detailed guide book for the area?

lonely planet italy seems good. from what i can tell on amazon, lonely planet's Southern Italy book does not have more pages on puglia area than the Lonely planet for all of italy and there is not much price difference.

the LP puglia book is several years older.

Any recommendations?
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Aug 14th, 2014, 09:41 PM
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I went to Puglia in 2007, as part of a trip to Southern Italy more generally (including Sicily, the Amalfi Coast, and Matera in addition to Puglia); for that trip, I used a combination of regional and broad guidebooks. SO: my comments could VERY easily be out of date and/or a bit off-base. But FWIW, I found both the Rough Guide and Lonely Planet MUCH better than just about anything else that was available at the time. The National Geographic Traveler Guide to Italy covered some things in Puglia that weren't covered in any of the other guidebooks I consulted. As I recall, the Cadogan guide had received positive reviews at the time, but I found it almost useless in comparison to my other books.

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Aug 15th, 2014, 02:40 AM
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Get a few books from your library and compare them. I find that several guides work best no matter where I'm going.

You can go to each guide's web site and download the sightseeing information and then decide which guide most suits your needs and buy that one.

You also might want to look at the Slow Travel board which has lots of information on Italy.
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Aug 15th, 2014, 04:56 AM
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rough guide or blue guide
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Aug 15th, 2014, 06:34 AM
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I used a Lonely Planet Puglia and Basilicata when I went in 2011. Found it very good.
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Aug 15th, 2014, 09:32 AM
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How old an edition is doesn't make much difference. The places of interest, street maps, etc. don't change from year to year. Only things like prices, restaurant suggestions etc. change and the information on those is already out of date in the time between the research being done and the guidebook appearing on the bookstore's shelf.

Often a new edition continues to have information that is many years out of date as well. They do not re-write the entire guidebook every time they put out a new edition. So I would suggest you ignore the 'age' of the guide on concentrate more on how much detail is provided.

A book on Puglia alone is likely to contain more info than one on an entire region or all of Italy. Which one to choose is as adrienne suggests, the one that most suits YOU. There is no one 'best'. The writers have different slants on things, some target different budgets, etc.
https://www.google.ca/?gfe_rd=cr&ei=...glia+guidebook

Personally, I longer bother with guidebooks. Everything you need is available free online. All you have to do is download and save it.
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Aug 15th, 2014, 06:37 PM
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>Everything you need is available free online.

While much -- even most -- information about many destinations is available online, one great advantage of a guidebook is that it will cover the things you don't know to look for -- which could be information about places, foods, or things, or about local norms or transportation tips or unique experiences or whatever.
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Aug 16th, 2014, 08:21 AM
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Yes, if you don't know to look for something then you may not come across it. Of course, you could say the same about someone who buys a guidebook and does not read all sections of their guidebook.

What is there about Puglia that you don't think will be covered in this online site for example. http://www.thethinkingtraveller.com/...to-puglia.aspx

What's more, anything you are really interested in and search for online will get you far more information than you will get in a guidebook. For example, if you want to visit Lecce, a guidebook on Italy or Southern Italy or even on only Puglia alone will provide you how many pages of information do you think? Compare that to this: https://www.google.ca/?gfe_rd=cr&ei=...guide+to+lecce

Which way are you likely to find more about 'things you don't know to look for'?

The real question is how much time will the person spend reading in either case. One guidebook vs. one search, the Google search will turn up more info every time. Reading it all is another story.
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