Made Easy Travel Guides to Italy
  
by Douglas E Morris 


Series Summary

The Made Easy series – Rome Made Easy, Florence Made Easy, and Venice Made Easy – was initially published to widespread acclaim as part of the Open Road Publishing stable of travel titles. Since those heady days, the travel industry has changed dramatically, as has the travel writing business, along with publishing and book selling in general. Bookstore chains have closed, and the survivors have dramatically reduced their shelf space, becoming more selective as to the titles they carry. So despite their quality, there was simply no room left for the Made Easy series in bookstores. A situation that almost put an end to these titles.

However, every challenge also offers an opportunity, and now the series has been reincarnated in eBook and pdf format. Though as the author I may be biased, I believe that the Made Easy guides are the better for it. Electronic books do not have to confine themselves to specific editorial restraints, nor do they have a predetermined page limit, which means that this series can contain more information to help travelers have the best time possible in Rome, Florence and Venice. Most importantly, there is less of a time lag between research, writing and publication allowing for the most up-to-date information to be made available to readers. Freed from the constraints of traditional brick and mortar publishing, the Made Easy series now has more information, prepared for travelers in a much more timely manner, all designed to make your next trip to the booted peninsula that much more rewarding ... and easy.



About the Author

Douglas E. Morris has had 10 books published by four different publishers, has a travel column in Primo magazine, and regularly pens articles for different periodicals around the world. He has spent over 10 years enjoying la dolce vita in Italy – seven in Rome, two in Florence, and one in the small town of Viterbo. Born in the US, along with residing Italy, he has lived in eleven other countries on three continents over more than two decades. 

He has explored the pyramids in Egypt, trekked Alpine peaks in Switzerland and Austria, savored the libertine culture of Denmark, hiked Hadrian’s Wall in northern England, unearthed ancient Roman ruins in Israel, climbed the pyramids of Chichen Itza in the Yucatan, traversed the Great Wall in China, sailed the Fjords of Norway, scaled the Eiffel Tower in Paris, bar hopped down Hooker Hill in Seoul, and witnessed cows being ritualistically slaughtered behind the Süleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul, the streets running red with their blood; as well as many other acts of wild abandon far removed from the realm of everyday life.

As a result of these and many other cross-cultural explorations, Mr. Morris has developed a keen sense of what makes for an authentic travel experience. He has put that insight into each of the Made Easy guides, all to help ensure that you have the most enjoyable local experience possible while in Rome, Florence or Venice. 

To contact the author, send him an email at douglas.e.morris@gmail.com.


Rome Made Easy


Rome Made Easy offer readers a local’s insight into one of the most captivating cities in the world. The author, Douglas E. Morris, lived in Italy for over 10 years, and has compiled this knowledge into a comprehensive travel guide that offers up-to-date insider tips and expert advice to help make anyone’s visit to Rome more enjoyable and rewarding. When sated with the splendor of ancient ruins, and stunning art and architecture, Rome Made Easy serves up superb, authentic places to eat and drink, including colorful enoteche, small family-owned trattorie, charming cafés, upscale ristorante, mouth-watering gelaterie, superlative pizzerie, as well as other eateries that will satisfy any foodie’s craving. Rome Made Easy also highlights the best hotels in each star rating, featuring places of the highest quality and comfort at the most reasonable prices. So, if you want to experience true Roman life, stay in relaxing accommodations, find the most unique shopping experiences, and see the most memorable sights the city has to offer, Rome Made Easy is the eBook for you. 

To order a copy of Rome Made Easy visit one of the following sites. The Lulu.com site has a free comprehensive preview for readers to download and review.

www.lulu.com/shop/douglas-morris/rome-made-easy/ebook/product-20926819.html

www.amazon.com/Rome-Made-Guides-Italy-ebook/dp/B00BW32MWI


Florence Made Easy


Florence in many ways is the cradle of modern civilization. The city was home to the Renaissance starting at the end of the 15th century, acting as a crucible for change in banking, politics, knowledge, literature, painting, and sculpture, all leading to the world we live in today. As a result of that flowering of creativity, some experts estimate that 60 percent of the world's classic artistic masterpieces reside in Tuscany, half of which are in Florence alone. Florence Made Easy introduces readers to the magnificence that is Florence, while also including information about Lucca, Siena, Pisa, and San Gimignano. 

The author, Douglas E. Morris, called Florence home for over 2 years, and has applied this local knowledge to create an acclaimed travel guide that offers insider tips that help make your visit to Florence more authentic, enjoyable and rewarding. Florence Made Easy guides readers through the array of stunning art and architecture found in the home of the Renaissance,  as well as delicious, local places to eat and drink – charming enoteche, authentic trattorie, delightful cafés, upscale ristorante, mouth-watering gelaterie, superlative pizzerie, as well as other eateries that will satisfy anyone’s palate. Florence Made Easy also highlights the best hotels in each star rating, featuring places of the highest quality and comfort at the most reasonable prices. So, if you want to experience true Florentine life, stay in comfortable accommodations, find unique shopping experiences, and see the most memorable sights the city has to offer, Florence Made Easy is the eBook for you.

To order a copy of Florence Made Easy visit one of the following sites. The Lulu.com site has a free comprehensive preview for readers to download and review.

www.lulu.com/shop/douglas-morris/florence-made-easy/ebook/product-20972372.html

www.amazon.com/Florence-Travel-Guides-Italy-ebook/dp/B00CCO6SUS/


Venice Made Easy


Venice is one of the world’s most magical places. No other city on earth is even remotely similar to it. As such, it is one of the most frequented cultural centers in Europe, attracting over 14 million tourists each year. As a result of that tourist inundation, most visitors have a difficult time finding an authentic, local experience while in Venice, and end up surrounded by other tourists, missing out on the heart and soul of this amazing city.

Venice Made Easy solves that dilemma by offering readers a guide book that will take them on walking tours off the beaten tourist path, introducing them to local restaurants, cafes, artisan shops, piazzas and neighborhoods. Venice Made Easy also offers the best hotels in each price range in the most authentic siestieri, sections, of Venice, allowing readers to become a part of the natural flow of life in this island city. Along with the main sights, Venice Made Easy also features some out of the way locations such as Murano – where glass blowing is the major industry – and Burano – an idyllic local island chain replete with colorful houses, offering an insight into the way Venice used to be decades ago, before the massive influx of international tourism.

There is no better guidebook for readers interested in seeing the best that Venice has to offer, while helping steer visitors to those out of way places the locals frequent, allowing travelers to have the most authentic experience in La Serenissima possible.

To order a copy of Venice Made Easy visit one of the following sites. The Lulu.com site has a free comprehensive preview for readers to download and review.

www.lulu.com/shop/douglas-morris/venice-made-easy/ebook/product-21056335.html

www.amazon.com/dp/B00D8AJ6QI


Knowing Your eReader

As of the date of publication, the devices and operating systems listed below work with the downloads shown above: Apple iPhone/iPod/iPadAndroidSony ReaderBlackberry DevicesPalm OS PDAsCybook OpusBebook (Endless Ideas), Papyrus (Samsung), Jetbook (Ectaco), Windows Mobile OS PDAsWindows PC/PocketPCMac OS, and Linux OS

Due to continuing changes in the eReader market, these lists are not inclusive of all available eReaders. If your eReader is not listed above, please refer to your device documentation for compatible file types.


Ordering PDF Copies of Made Easy Guides

Another option is to order the guides as pdf files, receiving them directly from the publisher. The advantage of this is you will be able to read the guides in the manner in which the author intended them to appear. When converted for eReaders such as Kindles and iPads, some of the formatting is changed, the images are reduced in size, and the maps can sometimes get less clear. Viewing the guides on your eReader as pdf files eliminates all those concerns. And best of all, the price for each guide is lower than when ordering from Amazon or Lulu.

To order the Made Easy guides as pdf files, select the books you want from the PayPal drop down list box below, select the Add to Cart button, and then follow the instructions once you get to PayPal. Once the order has been placed via PayPal, and the order has been transmitted to the author, you will be sent, via email, an electronic pdf copy of the document direct from the author.

Be aware that to be able to read pdf files on certain smart phones you will need to download an app to do so. Which is generally free. Tablets such as iPad are already set up to view pdf files. Please check the specifications of your device prior to ordering one of the Made Easy guides as a pdf file.

More Books by the Same Author

For information about the other books that Douglas E Morris has written, please visit the following websites:

Open Road's Best of Italy

The Expat Guide to Having Fun in Brussels & Belgium

It's a Sprawl World After All

FabJob's Guide to Become a Travel Writer