This summer our rhetoric students are using the Rome Eyewitness guide as one of our textbooks. This is a useful book for us both as a basic guide and because it is an interesting example of the art and rhetoric of guidebook making, a tradition that is now centuries old.
The guide is fairly comprehensive and it is beautifully illustrated. This comes with a cost — it is expensive and because those beautiful illustrations are on heavy coated stock, it is a heavy book to carry around.
Fiona Wild, ed. Rome: Eyewitness Travel. London: Dorling Kindersley, 2006.