LP vs. Let's Go
Dec 16, 2002 12:49 AM
LP vs. Let's GoHello Everybody,
I'm halfway through a two-month trip in Italy and I'm carrying both Lonely Planet and Let's Go. Here are a few quick opinions:
Lonely Planet gives a lot of information, I'd say more than Let's Go about what's in specific museums, and they give you more history, but the layout is hard to use. Their walking tour number 1 of Rome gave such bad directions that I couldn't do it.
Let's Go, on the other hand, has a very user friendly layout. They also give more explanation about each rocommended hotel, although their university student researchers tend to be easily impressed. They also give much more complete information about open times for meseums etc in all seasons, important for me in Italy in Feb. and March.
The maps in both guides leave much to be desired. I have found both to be downright inaccurate at times. I know their are publishing constraints, but they need to do better.
Let's Go's writers tend to prefer cuteness to accuracy in their writing style. Ex: Pisa had a long period of unimportance until the tower startedc to lean. Lonely Planet, however, says the Tower started to Lean after the third floor was completed and has been tipping another millimeter per year ever since.
Having said all this, I still must say that I'd have a hell of a time without a guidebook. Well folks, what do you think?
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