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Top 10 guides to Italy:

1. Venice (Everyman Guides, pounds 16.99)

2. Rome City Guide (Cadogan Guides, pounds 9.99) by Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

3. Italy: the Rough Guide (Rough Guides, pounds 12.99)

4. Italy Travel Survival Kit (Lonely Planet, pounds 11.95)

5. Blue Guide Umbria (A & C Black, pounds 9.99)

6. Michelin Green Guide: Italy (Michelin, pounds 7.45)

7. Marling Menu Master for Italy (Altarinda, pounds 4.95)

8. Florence: The Biography of a City (Viking, pounds 22.50) by Christopher Hibbert

9. Getting It Right in Italy (Bloomsbury, pounds 12.99) by William Ward

10. Baedeker's Northern Italy (as mentioned in A Room with a View), published in 1913, pounds 28.

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