Though for sure there are a lot of Italy Guide Books on the subject of “Italy Tours 2017“, the best ones boil down to the 5 below.
And in the opinion of this writer, they fall into two categories:
- “Good for DIY” (Do It Yourself) – good Italy Guide Books for travelers planning their own trips, or
- “Historical and Info” – Good Italy Guide Books for travelers on an organized tour.
That is why I recommend DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Italy for travelers on tours.
Any of the DIY Italy Guide Books is going to spend at least half of the book on hotels, restaurants, train schedules — all things that are of no importance to someone on an organized tour. If you are going on an organized tour, that is why for an Italy Guide book, you want info on the places, not hotel names. The Lonely Planet Italy Guide books, although full of information, usually have no pictures, and are mostly locations of hotels, restaurants, and train stations.
The Rick Steves Italy Guide Books get very high ratings, and of course Rick Steves is really well known. But these books again have a lot of information about where to stay in cities, which you do not need on a tour. However, again, the Rick Steves guide book gets very good reviews.
In addition, if you end up with a tour that includes major cities, it may be a good idea to get the second (Frommer’s) book on the list, which concentrates on just that.
We can’t emphasize enough that if you are going to take an organized tour to Italy, it is a complete waste of time to have hotels and trains listed in your Italy Guide Books, and many books spend a lot of time listing these for the DIY traveler.
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Of course, if you get Italy Guide Books from a local book store, of course you will be spending your money locally, which is definitely something desirable to a lot of people.
However, if you are planning something in the category of “Italy Tours 2015” you should be doing it well ahead of time. So you can order books from Amazon, for example. And it is far easier to return a book to Amazon, and it is generally cheaper, than how things would go at a local store.
It only takes a minute to get a return authorization from Amazon on your account page, and then you just drop it off in a mailbox. The postage is less than the overall cost to pay for gas to go to store or the value of the time it takes you .