For me a good, current guide book is a necessity for all but the most simple of traveling. What book is best for you is a matter of personal preference. Spend an hour at the bookstore thumbing through the offering before making a decision. Another option is to hit the Library before a trip; any decent library will have current versions of guide books. If you only need the book for the trip, you can save the $ and just borrow it for the duration.
For Italy as a whole, I like the "Rough Guide" for thorough complete coverage (Let's Go, Lonely Planet, Frommers, & Fodors, are all excellent as well). DK's Eyewitness Travel series is well done, heavy in pics and light on details.
No doubt the Rick Steves' Italy guide does a great job with the 5-Terre, he also brings package tours over to 5-Terre from the states. His guides always have practical & entertaining advice, with a focus on specific areas so make sure they line up with your itinerary before a purchase.
It's good 3* hotel, rather centrally located (about 15 min walk to Duomo and 25 min walk to the...more
Via Telemarco Signorini #177, Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy
Good for: Business
Piazza Marconi 26, Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy
Good for: Couples