With close to a thousand pages, this edition of "Lonely Planet Italy" may be a heavyweight to lug around, but its information is complete. It explained Italy: one bit at a time. But, for a traveller who is more interested in hopping around than in devouring endless pages, this book may become a burden. I would suggest that intending travellers (and holiday-makers) should regard it as a home reference, while embarking on their trip with a lighter text.
This book is generous with all that concerned Italy: from the ancient Roman Empire to the Renaissance, and down to twentieth century secular state. It provided sumptuous info on the 'dolce vita' lifestyle of the 'Azzuri': including their high alps, old cities, and the Vatican enclave.