I have been to Italy five times and I swear by the Blue Guides! I was lucky enough to get the Blue Guide Rome for Christmas, from a friend, before the first trip and I have taken that same copy every time since! From hotels to restaurants, from shopping to sightseeing, you'll find all of the important information you need to feel comfortable traveling to Rome, and more importantly, you'll feel confident as you take your daily excursions around the "eternal city". The only other book you ever need to travel around Rome is the Eyewitness Guide Rome. With those two guides, you have all the important information and pictures you'll ever need and more! I highly recommend it.