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I'm planning a trip for next summer with my best friend. We're both super excited of course and even though the trip is still months and months away, we're already planning and coming up with ideas for what to do and see.

I was hoping some of you could recommend some books I could read in preparation for my trips. I don't mean guide books, but rather history and/or travel books. I would like to learn a little something about the background and history of the places I'll be going, to give me a better understanding of everything I'll see while I'm there.

So, our plan so far is to spend about 5 days in Paris, 2-3 days in/around Nice, 4-5 days in Cinque Terre, and then about 3 days in Venice (the allotment of days might change slightly, this is just a rough plan). Then we'll be going to my family in Austria. Our family home is in Altmunster, which is a small town the Salzkammergut region. I've been to Austria many times as a child and young adult, but I haven't done much reading about the history of the area, and I'd like to learn more.

So if anyone could suggest some good books about any of these places (or even the general areas around them) I would be most grateful. I'm mainly looking for general history and information, but if you know of any good fiction relating to any of these destinations, don't hesitate!

Thanks! :)

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