Western Med Guidebooks and Gear

International travelers need great guidebooks. Many of you have your favorite brands. On a cruise that covers several countries, you will need several guidebooks. We have reviewed the list of prominent titles and have included those shown below based on a) reputation of publisher, b) how up-to-date the book is, and c) any singular titles we uncovered that are specific to the destination and look interesting. Feel free to contact us with your own recommendations.

Italy:

Rick Steves’ Italy 2012

Rick Steves’ Rome 2012

Rick Steves’ Florence and Tuscany 2012

Frommer’s Italy 2012 (Frommer’s Color Complete)

Frommer’s Rome Day by Day (Frommer’s Day By Day. Rome)

Frommer’s Florence and Tuscany Day by Day (Frommer’s Day By Day Florence & Tuscany)

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Italy

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Rome

Italy Travel Guide (Lonely Planet)

Rome (City Travel Guide)

Top 10 Rome (EYEWITNESS TOP 10 TRAVEL GUIDE)

Top 10 Florence and Tuscany (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides)

National Geographic Traveler: Italy, 4th Ed.

Fodor’s Italy 2013 (Full-color Travel Guide)

Italy (Insight Guides)

A Catholic’s Guide to Rome: Discovering the Soul of the Eternal City

The Pilgrim’s Guide to Rome’s Principal Churches: Illustrated Guided Tours of Fifty-one of the Most Important Churches of Rome

 

Spain:

Rick Steves’ Spain 2012

Frommer’s Spain 2012 (Frommer’s Color Complete)

Spain (Eyewitness Travel Guides)

Lonely Planet Spain

Top 10 Barcelona (EYEWITNESS TOP 10 TRAVEL GUIDE)

Fodor’s Spain 2013 (Full-color Travel Guide)

The Spiritual Traveler Spain: A Guide to Sacred Sites and Pilgrim Routes

 

French Riviera:

Rick Steves’ Provence and the French Riviera

Frommer’s Provence and the Riviera (Frommer’s Provence & the Riviera)

Provence & The Cote D’azur (Eyewitness Travel Guides)

Fodor’s Provence & the French Riviera (Full-color Travel Guide)

French Riviera Nice, Cannes and Monaco Marco Polo Guide