For my 20th birthday, my friends each bought me an Italian guidebook so that I would be able to see absolutely everything there was to see. At first, I thought the idea was cute, but outdated (why read a guidebook when there’s the entire internet at my disposal?). However, after my first final last night I decided to pick one up. To my surprise, it contained a wealth of knowledge in a condensed format, highlighting the best restaurants and sights in several different areas. And unlike using the internet, I wasn’t overwhelmed with several million sources of information – and without international service in Italy, I suppose a hard copy book will be my best guide abroad. Thanks to the books, I settled on a few areas in Italy that I wanted to explore first: Rome, Venice, and Florence. My family is Catholic, and so Rome was on the list for obvious reasons; getting to see the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica will be an unforgettable experience. But I’ve also always loved reading about the Medici family and the intricate history of Venice – so Florence and Venice will be fascinating to roam around. I can’t wait to eat my way through the cities, too; armed with my guidebook, I plan to hit all the legendary spots (and find some hidden gems of my own!).