Do NOT expect to use this book on your first visit to Rome. It is a delightful primer for those wanting to go beyond -- sometimes WAY beyond -- the beaten path. You'll find walking tours through the countryside to discover hidden ancient aqueducts; a history and itinerary through Nazi-occupied Rome; several unusual visits to the 20th-century residential neighborhoods inhabited by real Romans; and a great many tips on how to enjoy your free time alla romana. Entertaining sidebars help you decipher the symbols on ancient monuments and the Fascist numbers on newer buildings, order coffee the correct way, understand the trattoria, shop for real estate, and ferret out free buffet dinners. Offering much more insight than your typical guidebook, authors Dianne Bennett and William Graebner clearly share the philosophy of In Italy Online: travel is about much more than history and art; it is an opportunity to peek into a different lifestyle, learn how it came to be, and appreciate its quirks and peculiarities. We highly recommend this book for anyone who thinks Rome is more than the location of the Coliseum.