10 essential books for travelers to Italy

It seems that new travel guides to Italy are being published every five minutes or so. But for those who want to keep it simple, here are the handful of absolute must-read books – three classic novels included – that no tourist to Italy should ever be without.

1. Lonely Planet Italy: Country Travel Guide

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Lonely Planet guides have the perfect balance of high- and low-brow tourist advice, giving you options at all price ranges. At over 900 pages, the Italy edition has a wide breadth of information on tourist attractions, restaurants, and hotels, both on and off the beaten path. If you're only going to buy one guide book, this one is a safe bet.

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