While my publishers would probably prefer that I not advertise for the competition, there’s no denying that Rick Steves is in a league of his own. Take for instance his superb audio guides to Italy, which are now available for free on iTunes. Since January, Steves has been posting audio tours of Rome’s landmarks, including the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum. Surely, tours of Florence and Pisa are on the way. Detailed and fun descriptions paired with Steves’ easygoing voice make these podcasts the next best thing to being there…almost!