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Rick Steves' Pocket Florence

Rick Steves' Pocket Florence

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by Rick Steves, Gene Openshaw
     
 

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Rick Steves’ Pocket guidebooks truly are a “tour guide in your pocket.” Each colorful, compact 280-page book includes Rick’s advice for prioritizing your time, whether you're spending 1 or 7 days in a city. Everything a busy traveler needs is easy to access: a neighborhood overview, city walks and tours, sights, handy food and

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Rick Steves’ Pocket guidebooks truly are a “tour guide in your pocket.” Each colorful, compact 280-page book includes Rick’s advice for prioritizing your time, whether you're spending 1 or 7 days in a city. Everything a busy traveler needs is easy to access: a neighborhood overview, city walks and tours, sights, handy food and accommodations charts, an appendix packed with information on trip planning and practicalities, and a fold-out city map.

Rick Steves’ Pocket Florence includes the following walks and tours:

Renaissance Walk
Accademia Tour: Michelangelo’s David
Uffizi Gallery Tour
Bargello Tour
Duomo Museum Tour

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598803822
Publisher:
Avalon Travel Publishing
Publication date:
06/25/2013
Series:
Rick Steves' Travel Guides Series
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
62,591
Product dimensions:
4.60(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Read an Excerpt

Packing light isn't just about saving time or money—it's about having a great traveling lifestyle. Rick Steves—travel expert and author of this brand new, colorful, lightweight city guide to Florence—shares his tips for packing light while traveling:

1. Stick to a one bag limit: Rick’s self-imposed limit is 20 pounds in a 9" × 22" × 14" carry-on-size bag, which fits in an airplane's overhead bin!

2. Do a tourist test in town: Before flying to Europe, do a tourist test. Pack up completely, go into town, and practice being a tourist for an hour. Fully loaded, the goal is to be able to enjoy window-shopping. Can’t? Stagger home and thin things out.

3. Scrutinize: Spread everything out on the living room floor. Pick up each item one at a time and scrutinize it. Ask if the item is needed enough to justify carrying it around all summer.

4. When in doubt, leave it out: Don't pack for the worst-case scenario. Pack for the best-case scenario and simply buy something abroad to get out of any jams. Bring layers rather than taking a heavy coat. Think in terms of what can be left out—not what will be handy on the trip.

5. Pack light and bring the right guidebook: Whether traveling for three weeks or three months, pack exactly the same. Go casual, simple, and very light. Bring the right guidebook for your trip. Remember, there are two kinds of tourists—those who pack light and those who wish they had.

Meet the Author

Rick Steves has spent 100 days every year since 1973 exploring Europe. Rick produces a public television series (Rick Steves' Europe), a public radio show (Travel with Rick Steves), and an app and podcast (Rick Steves Audio Europe); writes a bestselling series of guidebooks and a nationally syndicated newspaper column; organizes guided tours that take thousands of travelers to Europe annually; and offers an information-packed website (RickSteves.com). With the help of his hardworking staff of 80 at Europe Through the Back Door—in Edmonds, Washington, just north of Seattle—Rick's mission is to make European travel fun, affordable, and culturally broadening for Americans.

Gene Openshaw is a writer, composer, tour guide, and lecturer on art and history. Specializing in writing walking tours of Europe's cultural sights, Gene has coauthored 10 of Rick's books and contributes to Rick's public television series. As a composer, Gene has written a full-length opera (Matter), a violin sonata, and dozens of songs. He lives near Seattle with his daughter, and roots for the Mariners in good times and bad.

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