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Amazing Italy Guidebooks: Rome, Florence, and All of Italy!

I have a confession to make. Sometimes I’m a little bit of a know-it-all. It takes lots to surprise or impress me. Ho hum and all the rest. This is even true with guidebooks. As I wrote last spring, in this Tour Italy Now blog post, I’m something of a guidebook junkie. Yes I love them and yes I buy lots, like DK Eyewitness Travel’s Rome and Cadogan’s Bologna & Emilia-Romagna, when I’m planning more Italy travel. But quite frankly I thought I’d seen them all. Until last night, when I was clicking around the Internet, and I discovered a new-to-me guidebook publisher that has an absolutely, positively wonderful selection of Italy guidebooks! The publisher is called Little Book Room, it’s based in New York City and their Italy travel books look exquisite, traditional as well as off the beaten track but not in a trying-too-hard quirky way. I am [...]

What’s Your Favorite Guidebook Style?

What’s your guidebook style? Do you have a few favorites, or do you buy lots of them, comparing and contrasting your heart away? I’m a total guidebook junkie. The last time I went to Italy, I purchased something like eight. Frommer’s Italy and a slew of city-specific titles, including Authentic Rome and Authentic Emilia-Romagna from the Touring Club of Italy. I also purchased several more in Bologna and in Rome. What I like to do is compare passages on my destinations in as many guidebooks as possible. I also do lots of online research and will be looking at apps big-time the next time I get to Italy. Do I have a favorite guidebook publisher? I honestly cannot say. I love DK Eyewitness Travel serious, for its design but also for the great content. For this trip, I got the one for Rome. But I read everything from Fodor’s to [...]