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travelfan1 Aug 6th, 2012 11:54 AM

What am I missing here....are these Rome maps really this price? $50-100
Here's a post from a January thread regarding what map to use for Rome - indicating the cost of $7.50.

"The absolute best paper map is the Rough Guide Map of Rome. It's a plastic waterproof map pinpointing sights, shops, restaurants & bars, bus lines with all stops, rail and Metro lines and even Taxi kiosks. It's available at most book stores for about $7.50."

So I went to look these maps up and found a price over $50...over $100 on the link from the Barnes and Noble site. However the Rough Guide site lists them at $8.99. What am I missing here? Are they different? Do the expensive maps come alive and walk you to your destination. Has my computer gone crazy?

Here's a link to Amazon site where they're selling the older version for $53. The newer one is $60!

Barnes and Noble

Rough Guide Site

LJ Aug 6th, 2012 12:01 PM

We have one, purchased some years ago at a speciality travel book store in Toronto for about $10 according to what remains of the label: it is most convenient and I would endorse trying to obtain this item.

However, I would not pay those ridiculous prices...its' water-proof feature was never tested in all the visits we made...after all, they do have roofing in Rome-you are not forced to consult maps while standing out in torrents of rain.

ira Aug 6th, 2012 12:09 PM

Hi TF,

You can get a Streetwise map for about $8 at

travelfan1 Aug 6th, 2012 12:19 PM

Ira - I'm a big fan of the Streetwise maps...just wish I could write on them!

hetismij2 Aug 6th, 2012 12:22 PM

The Rough guides map is out of print, and still desirable - hence the ridiculous prices asked for it.

Maybe this will work for you:

bilboburgler Aug 6th, 2012 12:29 PM

when books are not available amazon sticks the price up to 50 (same in either find a better source or buy at the first newsagent you find at the airport (there is one, just beyond the start of the station area, little area selling tickets a bar and a newsagent.

polly229 Aug 6th, 2012 01:25 PM

I took a look at hetismij2's link and the Nat'l Geo. map looks like a possibility. And reminds me that I was given a MapEasy Venice map before I went there some years ago. Thought it looked stupid but it turns out I used it a lot. I'm not sure I'd want to have that for my only map, but I may get one for Florence for an upcoming trip, along with a "normal" map.

What I'm wondering is whether a "picture map" for a city as large as Rome would be reasonable or cover too small an area. I like that the Nat'l Geo map is small, but is it difficult to read in a hurry? And is there anyone who has used both a Nat'l Geo. map and a MapEasy and has a preference. I have not seen a Nat'l Geo map at the bookstore I use.

jgg Aug 6th, 2012 02:00 PM

travelfan - I usually make a photocopy of the Streetwise maps to highlight things and write on it. I'll carry that with me, but also have the actual Streetwise map. I just love the size of them!

charnees Aug 6th, 2012 04:07 PM

We have two small booklets published many years ago by Amex. One for Florence and one for
Rome. They are about 3x7 inches, but the maps are broken down into two-page spreads for various areas of town, and they have an index and gazetteer to help locate streets and sights. They are so portable and useful!!! I really don't like having to look at a giant map in town. It can be windy, and the big sheet is just hard to manage.

I don't know if there is anything similar to that now. I'd recommend looking for one, though.

Dayle Aug 6th, 2012 04:54 PM

Another fan of Streetwise here. Check them out at your local B&N and see what you think!

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