National Geographic Traveler: Florence and Tuscany

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Completely revised and updated guidebooks from the award-winning, internationally acclaimed series. Profusely illustrated with full-color maps, photographs, and specially commissioned artwork, packed with detailed information, savvy advice, and much more, they're a favorite with travelers everywhere—and the critics love them as well.

"Sensational photos, superb maps, and prose that's authoritative." —San Francisco Chronicle

"It's like reading and looking at a really in-depth National Geographic essay." —Seattle ...

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Overview

Completely revised and updated guidebooks from the award-winning, internationally acclaimed series. Profusely illustrated with full-color maps, photographs, and specially commissioned artwork, packed with detailed information, savvy advice, and much more, they're a favorite with travelers everywhere—and the critics love them as well.

"Sensational photos, superb maps, and prose that's authoritative." —San Francisco Chronicle

"It's like reading and looking at a really in-depth National Geographic essay." —Seattle Times

"All the glossy thoroughness you would expect from the brand name, with an impressive list of contributors."—The Times (London)

"Some of the handsomest volumes you'll ever find on a shelf of travel books." —Toronto Star

"Filled with beautiful photography, and excellent color maps; after all, this is National Geographic, a publisher that's had about a hundred years experience in doing this kind of thing." —The Tennessean

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792253181
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 2/21/2006
  • Series: National Geographic Traveler Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,402,975
  • Product dimensions: 5.33 (w) x 8.43 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

How to use this guide 6
About the author 8
The regions 50
History & culture 9
Florence & Tuscany today 10
Food & drink 20
History of Florence & Tuscany 24
The arts 36
Florence
Piazza del Duomo 53
Introduction & map 54
Feature: Dante Alighieri 78
Eastern Florence 87
Introduction & map 88
A walk from Piazza della Signoria to Sant'Ambrogio 106
Northern Florence 119
Introduction & map 120
Feature: The art of fresco 132
A walk from SS. Annunziata to Santa Trinita 144
Western Florence 149
Introduction & map 150
Feature: Floods 164
Oltrarno 167
Introduction & map 168
A walk through the Oltrarno to San Miniato al Monte 182
Tuscany
Siena 193
Introduction & map 194
Feature: Palio 202
A loop walk from the Campo 220
Northern Tuscany 225
Introduction & map 226
A drive through the Chianti countryside 230
Feature: Villas & gardens 242
Feature: Saving the Leaning Tower 250
Southern Tuscany 265
Introduction & map 266
Feature: Wine 272
A drive through the Casentino 290
Travelwise 297
Planning your trip 298
How to get to Florence 298
Getting around 299
Practical advice 302
Hotels & restaurants by city & region 306
Menu reader 319
Shopping 320
Language guide 324
Entertainment & activities 325
Index 327
Credits 334
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