About the Author
Since 1973, Rick Steves has spent about four months a year exploring Europe. His mission: to empower Americans to have European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening. Rick produces a best-selling guidebook series, a public television series, and a public radio show, and organizes small-group tours that take over 30,000 travelers to Europe annually. He does all of this with the help of more than 100 well-traveled staff members at Rick Steves’ Europe in Edmonds, WA (near Seattle). When not on the road, Rick is active in his church and with advocacy groups focused on economic and social justice, drug policy reform, and ending hunger. To recharge, Rick plays piano, relaxes at his family cabin in the Cascade Mountains, and spends time with his son Andy and daughter Jackie. Find out more about Rick at www.ricksteves.com and on Facebook.
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Gene Openshaw has co-authored a dozen Rick Steves books, specializing in writing walks and tours of Europe’s cities, museums, and cultural sites. He also contributes to Rick’s public television series, produces tours for Rick Steves Audio Europe, and is a regular guest on Rick’s public radio show. Outside of the travel world, Gene has co-authored The Seattle Joke Book. As a composer, Gene has written a full-length opera called Matter, a violin sonata, and dozens of songs. He lives near Seattle with his daughter, enjoys giving presentations on art and history, and roots for the Mariners in good times and bad.
Explore ancient ruins and view Renaissance masterpieces in this truly modern Eternal City. With Rick Steves on your side, Rome can be yours! Inside Rick Steves Rome 2019 you’ll find:Comprehensive coverage for spending a week or more exploring RomeRick’s strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favoritesTop sights and hidden gems, from the Colosseum and the Sistine Chapel to corner trattorias and the perfect scoop of gelatoHow to connect with local culture: Indulge in the Italian happy hour tradition of the aperitivo, savor a plate of cacio e pepe, or chat with fans about the latest soccer matchBeat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps with Rick’s candid, humorous insightThe best places to eat, sleep, and experience la dolce far nienteSelf-guided walking tours of lively neighborhoods and sights like the Roman Forum, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Vatican MuseumsDetailed neighborhood maps and a fold-out city map for exploring on the goUseful resources including a packing list, Italian phrase book, a historical overview, and recommended readingOver 500 bible-thin pages include everything worth seeing without weighing you downAnnually updated information on Central Rome, Vatican City, Trastevere, and more, plus day trips to Ostia Antica, Tivoli, Naples, and PompeiiMake the most of every day and every dollar with Rick Steves Rome 2019.Spending just a few days in the city? Try Rick Steves Pocket Rome.