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Rick Steves' Mona Winks: Self-Guided Tours of Europe's Top Museums Paperback – International Edition, October 2, 2001
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First of all, the suggestion is to tear out only the chapters that pertain to where you'll be visiting and what you'll be seeing. My partner wasn't enthusiastic about doing that, even though readers are assured they can get a brand new book for just $5 from Rick Steves' company, so we lugged the whole book to Italy. Finally, however, I got frustrated carrying it and tore out only the pages we were using that day. HUGE improvement. Very convenient, great suggestion. Don't be afraid, just RIP.
Now to content - the self-guided tours are GREAT. You'd obviously get more out of a real human being (in that you could ask questions about stuff that's left out), but what's included in the book is really quite thorough. In St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, we followed our tour guide through (after a paid-for tour of the Museums - highly recommended) and then went back with Mona Winks. There were some differences of content, but all the major points of interest were included - and some of the things I found most interesting I got from Mona Winks, not the live human guide.
And one final piece of advice - if possible, skim through the places you'll be visiting before you get there. We missed something in Venice because we didn't do that, and didn't realize it was there. Better to glance ahead than be saying, "DOGGONIT!" later...