'Frommer's Italy Day by Day,' is a weighty, in-depth and full colour book filled with maps, photos and information on every aspect of your trip, split into sixteen chapters. 'The Best of Italy,' is a great place to begin with lists such as best ancient ruins, most scenic drives & rides and favourite Italy moments. Each of these places/experiences then is linked to a more detailed review later on in the book. This is followed by `Strategies for Seeing Italy,' with 10 top tips to help you make the most of your time. The next section, The Best All-Italy Itineraries,' gives 5 tours of Italy, whether you have one week or two and would like to discover the north or south, there is plenty to whet your appetite here.
Chapters four through thirteen are each devoted to one particular city or area of Italy for those wanting to explore Rome; Florence; Tuscany & Umbria; Bologna & Emilia-Romagna; Venice; Milan, Lombardy & the Lakes; Turin & Piedmont; Liguria; Naples & Campania; Sicily or in more depth. Whilst each section varies, they each present information about the best attractions on offer including art and architecture, museums, shopping, restaurants, hotels and nightlife. Each review is clearly laid out with the title in bold and a star rating system and key used throughout. The reviews usually give an indication of price, type of experience and tips about booking etc. Phone numbers and addresses are also given where applicable.
The next section delves into the history of the city as well as its architecture and cultural importance, giving more information than your average travel guide. The penultimate chapter, `The Best Special Interest Trips,' give details on a number of themed visits including language classes and food and wine tasting. The final short section gives a few tips on other things not previously covered such as tipping and useful phrases. There is also a pull out pocket map provided in a plastic wallet. Overall this is a thoroughly informative and well set out guide with clear information and maps. Recommended.