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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 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 or local used bookstores.

Yours in discovering Itay,

Barbara Fellini

Post By Priscila Siano (321 Posts)

+Priscila Siano is the Marketing Director of Tour Italy Now, an online tour operator specializing in Italy travel. She's a respected expert on making dream Italy vacations a reality for clients.

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