Because I’m pretty much a fool for Italy travel—particularly reading about all the ways I can enjoy it like a local—I’m super-excited to check out Katie Parla’s new National Geographic guidebook Walking Rome. It drops today and I’m planning to add it to the collection of books and apps I read on Italy, just as a form of escapism.
Katie’s an opinionated, discerning writer, so it’ll be great to see how she brings the capital as she’s come to know it to life. She recently profiled Rome for Nat Geo Traveler’s excellent “I Heart My City” series, which you can check out here; her Rome for Foodies app for iPhone and Android is essential reading for anybody who wants to eat well there and avoid the disappointment of mediocre restaurants with tourist menus (and ripoffs!). Plus she gave a pointed rebuttal for Anthony Bourdain’s episode of The Layover in Rome that you’ll want to pay attention to if you’re headed to the Eternal City.