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How to spend less in Italy: Win Pauline Frommer’s autographed travel guidebook

Guess what I found in the back of my bookshelf. More travel guidebooks autographed by Arthur and Pauline Frommer!

We got a handful of them signed after Melissa’s interview with Arthur and Pauline Frommer at The Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show.

They turned up as we were packing for our upcoming office move. And obviously, these books aren’t guiding any travelers by just sitting in my office. Instead, I’m going to give you a chance to win one!

Pauline was not only kind enough to chat with us, but she signed a copy of “Pauline Frommer’s Italy: Spend Less, See More.” If you want to come home with money still in your wallet, it’s the best guidebook to have with you when you travel to Italy. 😉

It gives you all the advice you’ll need to discover where to enjoy the soft Mediterranean breeze along the boardwalks, indulge in the fragrant olive and lemon groves, and experience the art, fashion, music, and architecture that flourishes in the cities.

And I can’t forget to mention the food, which has been described as heavenly. I can personally vouch for that, having been to Italy many times. Pauline’s book is really great in that she helps you find some of the best spots in the country to savor the best Italian cuisine.

Here’s what you have to do to enter to win. Leave a comment on this post telling me about at least one place or site you want to see in Italy and why. To be eligible to win, you must include your first name and an e-mail address where we can contact you if you win in the comment. The commenting contest starts today and ends on Friday, June 24 at 11:59 p.m. EST. One winner will be randomly selected from the pool of comments and announced on the blog.

Buona fortuna!


  1. We took our first trip to Italy last summer and fell in love. Its easy to do when you’re visiting Venice, Rome and Capri! But now the Italian travel bug has bitten and there’s nothing we’d like to see more than driving along the Amalfi coast and strolling through the charming towns, driving the amazing bridges and getting dizzy from the cliff-side roads – not to mention gaining 10 lbs from dining on cold pinot grigio and fresh buffalo mozzarella on our cheesy pizza! Hope you’ll pick me! Deanna –

  2. Kelvin

    I would love to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa, to take the generic tourist picture with me tipping the tower. It would make for a great memory!
    – Kelvin –

  3. Jennifer

    We’re actually planning our first Europe trip this fall and that includes going to Venice and Rome. Can’t wait to see all the history and how different it is from here… I would love to go to the Amalfi coast, but that will have to wait until next time.

  4. Marilyn

    Some friends of ours went hiking in Cinque Terre and especially loved Bellagio on Lake Como. After seeing their pictures and hearing their stories I want to go there too.

  5. I would love to go back to Italy – was there many years ago just to see Rome and Florence, both were wonderful – like stepping back in time until I reach the shops…
    This time I would love to see Venice, its canals and beautiful architecture which, truly is wonderful – and a scene from 100 years ago, probably looks the same as one 20 years ago and even present day. It boggles my mind, being from NY, where alot of old structures are erased to put in generic buildings. I would love to take a gondola around, go to the square, and explore the many islands of Venice.

  6. Oh Italy! But where? So many good choices! I’ve been thinking about southern Italy — Naples, Capri, and Pompeii. Then there’s the trip to Venice that I had to cancel. However, if I could only choose one place, I would have to go with Rome. Yes, it’s crowded and touristy. But it’s a must see!

  7. I want to go on a gondola ride in venice with my future hubby. I can’t wait to be serenaded during a beautiful sun set, viewing the sites and watching all of the interesting people. my email is andrea evgeniou is my name

  8. April

    There are so many places and things I want to see in Italy. I am going for a few days in July, we are staying in Rome and visiting Pompeii. I would love to spend months and months just exploring every part. I cant wait to go back to see Venice, Tuscany, Capri, Amalfi coast, Sicily and too many more wonderful places to keep naming. The scenery and the people make the trip no matter where or what we’ll be doing being in Italy is pretty fantastic in general. I would love the autographed guidebook. How to spend less in Italy … I could stay longer!!! – April

  9. Besides all the other “must-see” sites, I would love to see the catacombs of Rome! I’m finally visiting Rome in November–can’t wait!!

  10. Anonymous

    I would spend more time in Vatican museum and I would definitely go to Capri

  11. Anonymous

    Ah, Italia, thanks to the poster’s for there comments. I was luck enought to do a whirlwind tour of Italy a few years ago (in 1985). I highly recommend all of the places listed, but especially Venice for the romance of it all. They make the most lovely hand blown glass – I bought a nativity set with a pinkish hue due to the gold in the mixture. But I missed seeing the “real” David in Florence as the museum was closed while I was there. I did see some of Michaelangelo’s work though. I would love to go back there, too. Rome seemed so busy and crowded but everywhere I turned there was something magnificent to see like the Trevi Fountain and the coleseium with the jail the apostle (Peter?) was in. Is the leaning tower of Pisa still standing? I can remember taking pictures of my partner “holding it up”. I have since heard about the Amalfi coast and can’t believe I missed it, it looks spectacular. And should I mention the shopping? Ladies, there is nothing like Italian leather… well there are those gorgeous Italian men…it’s ok to look isn’t it? That reminds me, there was one big disappointment to my travels in Italy, not one man pinched me, I was a little insulted 🙁


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