Am rereading Kate Simon's ITALY, The Places In Between.
Since I read it the first time, I've been to a lot of those places and have read more about the others. This is a book best read, perhaps, with street maps at hand, and maybe or maybe not, google images, but I'm not that obsessive and I like surprise in travel.
I directly contrast this book to the one I whined on and on about by Frances Mayes a while ago, A Year in the World. I ended up gradually liking that one more than I hated it, but was irritated about once a page. Simon, in contrast, inspired some of my later travel choices.