Most helpful critical review
Great for pre-planning, somewhat useful during trip
on November 1, 2013
I bought this to help plan our trip to Italy, as we were not using a tour group and doing everything ourselves.
I found this book useful in a few ways:
1) during the trip reading the blurbs about where we were
2) before trip getting information about costs
3) flipping through it to understand stuff to see in different areas.
However, for items 2 and 3 (especially 3) I found trip advisor to be a much better resource.
The main reasons I didn't like this book was that there seems to be no logical order in how information is sorted in a section. If I want information on a specific place I am visitng it takes forever to find it
Overall, if you are planning a trip, I would say go with tripadvisor instead.