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All maps are not created equal! I love the Touring Club Italia maps because they are thin but have a plastic laminate on them, meaning they don’t rip when folded over and over again. If you will be driving in the countryside, you need a GPS, but you also need a paper map. If you are driving only in one region – for example Tuscany – just buy the map for that region. But if you’re driving in more than one region, buy a road atlas.
Regional Maps we recommend:
I like having a paper map of a city with me because I can mark it up before I go. I mark my hotel, restaurants, guide meeting points, and any shops I want to visit. For many Italian cities, I like the Streetwise series, EXCEPT for Venice.
Here are city maps of Italy that we recommend:
Any book you bring with you to Italy must be light. After all, it’s paper, and that’s heavy, and you’ll be bringing a smartphone, right? But smartphone batteries can die, so a backup plan is good. These are worth it:
Taking the kids to Italy and want to get them excited about their trip? Start here.
If you’re looking for English route instructions of a detailed hike in Italy, and don’t want to hire a local guide, the Sunflower books are the way to go! In addition to walks and hikes, this series also has car tours of these areas.
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