A colourful, cultural guide to Europe with plenty of photographs and bird's eye graphics. Perfect as a sightseer's companion for an organised tour of the continent, rather than a practical travelling guide. Includes a general introduction to the history, art and landscape of Europe followed by a section on each country.
With plenty of colour photographs and readable introductory chapters, Insight guides are ideal for pre-trip inspiration and offer enough sightseeing advice to make them worthy of a place in your backpack.
A useful guide to all the options available for exploring the country with children. It includes suggested destinations across the nation, plenty of photographs, good maps, and appropriate hotels and restaurants.
With plenty of colour photographs and readable introductory chapters, this Insight guide is ideal for pre-trip inspiration and offer enough sightseeing advice to make them worthy of a place in your luggage.
A comprehensive practical guide that ostensibly caters to all budgets, though independent travellers looking to stretch their funds will doubtless find it most useful. Detailed travel information sits comfortably alongside thoughtful historical and cultural insight. Colour sections devoted to Italian food and wine break up the otherwise rather bland presentation.
A typically marvellous Sawday selection of over 350 of Italy's finest hotels, B&Bs, guesthouses and so on. Catering to all budgets and with a keen eye on sustainability, there is something here for everyone. We wouldn't plan a trip without it.
A glossy and seductive volume crammed with colour photographs and illustrations. Restricted inevitably by the scale of its subject it is able to cover only the best and most famous sights, but does so admirably. Those seeking practical travel advice should look elsewhere, but for pre-trip inspiration and post-trip nostalgia, this is hard to beat.
A reliable and exhaustive practical guide for the independent traveller on a slender budget. The informal LP tone is present throughout, as are copious details on price and timings. Sticks mostly to the beaten path and doesn't offer a great deal in terms of Italian history or culture.
Opting wisely not to attempt total coverage, Time Out instead pick 30 of Italy's choicest destinations and arrange them according to theme: Rural Idylls, Cities, Coasts & Islands, Small Gems, and Lakes & Mountains. Each spot is set in context before its best hotels, resturants and sights are listed and reviewed. An unusual guide then, but rather a brilliant one.
A new venture for Blue in which the best of their extensive regional Italian guides is condensed into a manageable single volume, packed with highlights. We suspect the hardest part was deciding what to leave out: everything here is of the highest standard, and for a country-wide cultural tour it cannot be bettered.
A comprehensive general mid-budget guide, with excellent coverage of everything from restaurants to ruins. Colour photographs and good thick paper throughout make it a joy to use, if a struggle to carry. Though geared primarily towards American visitors, its tone is by no means exclusive. The pull-out maps at the rear are reliable and clear. It is a guide that attempts to do everything that its competitors do and more, and for the most part it succeeds.
A comprehensive hotel and restaurant guide that includes some rudimentary road mapping. The book is arranged alphabetically by region and uses a long-established system of symbols to list and rate facilities. As with all Red Guides, bar that for France, the home language is used throughout and thus some basic grasp of Italian is crucial.
Bulky, well-composed sightseeing companion packed with colour photographs and illustrations, focusing primarily on museums and architecture. Covers practical travel information briefly in the back pages. Best for a pre-arranged trip, or as a memento.
Unbeatable cultural companion for visitors seeking a scholarly understanding of the city and its history. First class writing on all the major sights with intermittent photographs and maps. Practical basics are covered to a very limited extent.