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 Cardogan.
THOUGHTS: Remember, guidebooks are souvenirs! I love to flip through them when I get back from a trip. Remembering the moments, and what I want to see and do next time.
TIPS: If you’re a guidebook junkie, many public libraries have Italy guidebooks since Italy is such a super popular destination for Americans. You can also purchase used guidebooks online at places like www.abe.com or local used bookstores.
Yours in discovering Itay,