Jepson, who has written numerous travel guides on Canada and Italy for Fodor's, Frommer's, Rough Guides, and National Geographic, here contributes the most recent entry in the "Wild" series, which includes guides to Britain, France, Spain, and Ireland. He divides Italy into seven regions, from north to south, and provides basic information on the best areas for hiking, brief contact information for mountain hostels and campgrounds, and available activities from walking to climbing, skiing, and handgliding. While Jepson's wonderfully descriptive passages of the landscape and wildlife are enough to make even the most city-bound traveler want to head for the hills, his guide is aimed at the practiced hiker. He does, however, wisely include information on the appropriate Italian maps and regional guides (mostly in Italian) hikers will need and ratings for hiking difficulty. The maps included lack the necessary detail to be of much use, but nevertheless this is a fine planning book for Americans who want to explore the glorious and varied Italian countryside. For public libraries.-Linda M. Kaufmann, Massachusetts Coll. of Liberal Arts Lib., North Adams Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.