Whether it's your first trip or you are going back for more, "Rick Steve's Italy" is a comprehensive read with great details to improve your trip. There is so much to see in Italy and it helps to have a travel veteran who has been there many times. This is a great place to start when planning your trip with places to see and things to know to enhance your visit.
"Across a Blue Sea with Katherine Bowers" goes on location to Laguna Beach to meet drum facilitator and artist Higgy Vasquez. Higgy demonstrates the bird whistle, talking drum and diggery-do. http://www.drum-oc.com/