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That's how this guidebook should've been called.
If you're traveling to Italy for the first time and visiting only Rome, Florence and Venice, buy this guidebook. The chapters about these wonderful cities are quite good. Besides, the self-guided walks suggested in Venice and Rome are excellent and very well explained. That's why I gave this guidebook 3 out of 5 stars.
However, if you're planning to visit other places in Italy, save your money and buy a different guidebook. Chapters about Bologna, Milan and, to some extend, Turin and Genoa are OK, but it's amazing how brief the information about other places is. I guess Tuscany and Umbria are adequate as well.
The chapter about Southern Italy is the poorest of all. A brief description of Naples, the Amalfi coast and the Gargano is the main focus along Pompeii, Ercolano & Paestum. A few lines are dedicated to places in Basilicata and Calabria.
There are also a lot places that are not even mentioned. For example, the author considers that if your stay in Italy is short, you shoudn't include Trieste in your itinerary. What if my stay isn't short? What if this isn't the first time I visit Italy? I've just arrived from an amazing week in Trieste and I totally thought that the city was worth visiting. There's no mention of Le Langhe in Piedmont or Il Salento in Apulia and except for a couple of paragraphs about the Dolomiti, Trentino-Alto Adige is practically non-existant. No Molise or Friuli-Venezia Giulia either.
The chapter about Sardinia is the worst. It says that Cagliari is a good base to explore nearby beaches and that Alghero's best beaches lie to the north, but which are those beaches? A lot about places in Sardinia are missing in this chapter and some places like Noto and Ragusa, in Sicily, are also missing.
Besides, This is the third edition, but there is still wrong information from the first edtion. For example, the Antique Market in Milan, is said to take place in the Brera quarter, but it really takes place in the Navigli quarter. When is this information going to be corrected?
Finally, National Geographic is famous for its illustrations, but this guidebook isn't really that case. The few choices of pictures about Sardinia, for example, are terrible. Some pictures also need updating. For instance, Piazza San Carlo, in Turin, is nowadays a pedestrianized area, but, for this chapter, they used an old picture showing a lot of cars parked in it.
Logistics are too general because, I'm under the impression, the author assumes you will have a car. Hotels and restaurants aren't on the budget side, but I always use the Internet when it comes to lodging, so I won't say that is important for me.
All in all, it's good if you're traveling to Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan and around for the first time.