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Italy Guide BooksBelow are a selection of the best and most comprehensive guide books to the whole of Italy. In general they offer excellent coverage of all regions in Italy (particularly the major cities) and are perfect for anyone thinking of visiting multiple places in Italy. If you are only planning to visit just one region in Italy you will probably be much better off purchasing a guide to that region than one of the listed books.
If you intend to take a city break to Italy, or spend more than a couple of days in any one particular city, please take a look at out Italian City Guides page.
Lonely Planet: Italy 868 pages (January 23, 2004)
This guide provides useful information for independent travel, suggesting hundreds of value for money restaurants and accommodation options. It also gives background briefing on all historical sights, museums and galleries.
The Rough Guide to Italy 1264 pages (May 2003)
This "Rough Guide" contains lively and detailed accounts of the best-known attractions from the great art treasure houses of the Uffizi and Vatican museums to the stunning natural scenery of Tuscany and the Amalfi coast.
Italy Eyewitness Travel Guide 672 pages (January 8, 2004)
From artistic masterpieces to amazing hilltowns to some of Europe's best beaches, explore Italy's finest with this guide. Use the cutaway maps and 3D models to explore Roman ruins and the splendour of Renaissance art. Included are recommendations on which wine goes best with the risi e bisi or the maccheroni con le sarde.
Michelin Red Guide: Italia 1175 pages (January 2004)
A guide for all travellers and motorists providing detailed information on places to eat and stay in Italy. Also included are street plans of major towns and cities, practical tourist information and recommended places of interest.