Which Guidbooks?

Hi All, I am trying to determine which RS guidebooks to get. I know he has a page dedicated to this but I needed more info. I have never been to Europe and going with my husband in October. We will be in Rome for 3 nights, Siena 3 nights, and Paris 4 nights. I have already purchased Europe through the back door. Would the general Italy book be best or should I get the Rome and Tuscany one. Should I get the full size or pocket books? Same think with Paris. I am looking for accomodation rec, restaurants, sites, and general things I should know about the area. Thanks for the help!

Posted by Nancy
Corvallis OR
961 posts

Tiffany, for just 4 nights in Paris, either the Paris City Guide or the Pocket Paris would probably work. When I went to Paris for a month I just took the Pocket Paris to save on room in my bag and it served me well. You might want to get the Italy book rather than the Rome City Guide as it would have both Rome and Siena.

Posted by Ron
southwest, Missouri, U.S.A.
1359 posts

Rick Steves' book on PARIS is wonderful for people going on their first trip to Paris.

Posted by Susan
Sausalito, California
3202 posts

I agree with Nancy and Ron, I would get the Paris book, and the Italy book.

Posted by Gail
Downingtown, USA
1557 posts

Also suggest you google the top ten sites in each city, can give you some good info.

Posted by Bets
Bloomington
1964 posts

If your library has the different RS guidebooks, you could take a look and decide what suits your needs best.

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
17738 posts

Tiffany, As you'll only have two stops in Italy and one in France, you could use the Snapshot: Hill Towns of Central Italy ($9.99) along with the Pocket Rome ($12.99). That would be slightly less expensive than buying the larger Italy Guidebook, and will provide the information you need for the two places you're visiting. For your stay in Paris, you could either use the Pocket Paris book ($12.99) or the larger Paris book ($19.99). One advantage of the "Pocket" books is that they're smaller and lighter, so will be easier to carry for reference during day-to-day touring. One thing to consider with the purchase of ANY of the Guidebooks, is whether you'll be travelling to Europe again in the next year or two. If you'll be covering a wider area on subsequent visits, the larger and more complete Guidebooks might be a good idea. The other aspect is of course your budget. Many of the Guidebooks are now also available as E-books in a variety of formats (Kindle, iBooks, Kobo, etc.), so if you have an iPad or other reader, that's an option too. One important point to mention though - the E-books are typically released about three months after the print versions. If you buy an E-book, be sure to note which edition it is, as you may be buying last year's version. Happy travels!

Posted by bronwen
maplewood, new jersey, usa
750 posts

Go to the library and get all they have - other than that use tripadvisor for things to do and hotels

Posted by Grier
Carmel, IN
1054 posts

I would get the smaller guidebooks for Rome and Tuscany to take with you. The Italy book is quite large and heavy. I like the smaller guidebooks as they are easier to carry around and saves tearing out pages.