138 x 209 x 27mm
In this book, Tony Perrotet travels throughout the Mediterranean, using an itinerary modeled on that of the world's first tourists - the ancient Romans. Using an archaic guidebook from the era, Perrotet writes an entertaining travel book that is also a funny, intelligent rich discussion of ancient history and culture versus our own.
Travelling with his three-months pregnant girlfriend, Tony decided that they should visit a safe, very familiar location for their last trip before parenthood, rather than the hair-raising exotic locales they usually visited. He had been to Tierra del Fuego five times, but never to Rome!
Starting in Rome, and travelling through Greece and Turkey, they ended up in Egypt, having experienced a not-so-safe and predictable wild ride in the meantime, from scuba diving among the ancient ruins in the Bay of Naples, to visiting Pompeii McDonalds, to making a bewildered appearance as guests of honour at a Nubian wedding.
Weaving the rich history and hilarious ancient observations through the text, Perrotet succeeds in creating a new, and fabulous genre, as accessible as it is erudite, a gem for the armchair traveller and an irresistible guidebook for anyone thinking of touring Italy, Greece, Turkey or Egypt.