My husband and I are visiting Rome for the first time in spring 2013, so I jumped at the opportunity to review this book. I am very glad that I did so.The authors lay out their information in an easy-to-follow, sensible format. Each area of Rome is treated as a separate chapter, with handy internal maps marking recommended eateries, sights and so on. There is also a city walk map for each section, allowing for ambitious walking tours of the various neighborhoods. A city-wide pull-out map at the back of the book, a couple of pages of useful Italian phrases, and general information on telephone usage, electric plugs and so on rounds out the 'survival guide.'I have no doubt that we'll look at more travel books before our trip, but this is the best one we've examined so far -- and the only one that made the cut to be taken along for reference on our journey.