I was so happy when I received this book! DK has very good travel books, this one is no different. It has info, pictures, maps, history. The only downside is that it's brief on each place. But you can't have everything! It DOES cover most of Italy....I'd say to get the book as a source of planning out your trip and expecting what to see. You might also want to complement it with a TOP 10 book from DK about the specific place you will be traveling to.