Unlike Rick Steve's Tuscany 2011 guide, which was very helpful during our visit there two weeks ago, the Rome book leaves a lot to be desired. Perhaps Rome is just too vast for the approach taken by Rick Steve's guides. First, the maps included are really inadequate: as someone else has mentioned, a fold-out map of the streets of the entire city would be very helpful. (A 1909 Baedecker guide that I own has better, clearer maps that show everything of potential interest!) Second, there were very serious omissions. For example, the Palazzo Barberini (right off the Piazza Barberini on Via delle Quattro Fontane) is completely unmentioned, despite the fact that it houses a really major art museum with some of the world's great masterpieces (many magnificent late medieval and Renaissance paintings, Raphael's La Fornaria, one of Holbein's later portraits of England's Henry VIII, and Carabaggio's magnificent painting of Judith beheading Holofernes). It was only because our hotel was on the street and the coincidence that I stayed at the Bernini Hotel in the Piazza Barberini in 1967 that we found the Palazzo Barberini and were able to enjoy it. Also, as a building, the Palazzo is spectacular, among other things it has a staircase designed by Bernini. Another glaring omission: nowhere is there any mention of the architect Borrromini--he was an eccentric genius of the baroque who, among other things, also did a staircase at the Palazzo Barberini. What is disappointing is that, if you go by Rick Steves (as opposed to a more comprehensive guide to Rome) you will miss a lot, especially if it is your first trip to Rome. And for those who know Rome a bit, it is even more frustratig, because of the omissions.