Unforgettable artwork, heavenly villages, island paradises, dream cities...there are so many reasons to visit Italy that deciding where to go and what to do can be a bit overwhelming. 'Fodor's Essential Italy' takes the guesswork out of choosing the perfect Italian experiences by compiling the top choices chosen by Fodor's army of Italy-based writers. Expanded Coverage: A major benefit of the long-running best-seller, 'Fodor's Italy,' was a bequest to 'Fodor's Essential Italy' from its cornucopia of restaurant, hotel, nightlife, shops, and attractions reviews, all curated and newly honed to spice up this Essential edition. Illustrated Features: Hundreds of lively images throughout the guide add momentum to the enchantments found throughout Italy. The visual impact of these photos is doubly enhanced by ten in-depth, magazine-style articles highlighting Italy's top attractions, including Rome's imperial ruins; Barolo's wine country; Venice's Grand Canal; Fashionista Milan; a 'Who's Who' of Renaissance Art in Florence; the Sistine Chapel Ceiling; the frescoes at the Basilica of St. Francis; villas by the great Palladio; and more. Indispensable Trip Planning Tools: The major attractions of the big three--Rome, Venice, and Florence--are given at-a-glance treatment, alongside top itineraries, Best Bets for restaurants and lodging, and what to do whether on your own or with the kids.