Tuscany

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Insight Regional Guide Tuscany offers a uniquely comprehensive approach to getting the most out of one of Europe?s most alluring destinations. Engaging and inspirational History and Culture chapters explain the region?s intriguing past as the birthplace of the Renaissance, and the factors influencing its future; from the ancient Etruscans, through to the Medici and the intense period of artistic expression, to the impact of both Italian Unification on Florence and ever-increasing tourist numbers. Renaissance art,...

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Overview

Insight Regional Guide Tuscany offers a uniquely comprehensive approach to getting the most out of one of Europe’s most alluring destinations. Engaging and inspirational History and Culture chapters explain the region’s intriguing past as the birthplace of the Renaissance, and the factors influencing its future; from the ancient Etruscans, through to the Medici and the intense period of artistic expression, to the impact of both Italian Unification on Florence and ever-increasing tourist numbers. Renaissance art, architectural treasures, local cuisine and the landscape of the region are fully explored so that visitors can gain a sense of how Tuscany’s distinctive character and culture has been shaped. The Places chapters cover Florence and the surrounding towns and countryside in detail to help with planning a trip. Full-color photographs throughout illustrate the beauty of Tuscany more than any other guide on the market and give a true flavor of Tuscan life today. Detailed maps help visitors get around the different areas, with all major sites cross-referenced with the text, and a pull-out touring map gives 9 great drives around the region. The Travel Tips offer selective advice on where to stay and eat.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780050690
  • Publisher: Apa Publications UK, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Series: Regional Guides Series
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 381,377
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Gerard-Sharp is an award-winning travel writer, and one-time resident of Florence. She has contributed to many travel guides, taking an in-depth approach and focusing on unique and quirky sights in well-known destinations. She is also a magazine feature writer and specializes in culture, cuisine, spas, and fashion.

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
Top Attractions Tuscany
Editor’s Choice Tuscany
The Tuscan Miracle
Tuscany Today

FEATURES
Decisive Dates
The Etruscans
The Medici and the Renaissance
Unification to today
Renaissance Art
Architectural Treasures
Wild Tuscany
A Taste of Tuscany

PLACES
Introduction
The City of Florence
Around Florence
Lucca and Pistoia
Versilia, Garfagnana and Lunigiana
Pisa and Environs
Isola d’Elba
Volterra and the Colline Metallifere
San Gimignano
Siena
South of Siena
The Maremma
Arezzo and Eastern Tuscany

Photo features:
Gli Uffizi
Palazzo Pitti and Giardino di Boboli
The Accademia
The Bargello
The Chianti Wine Trail
The Passion of the Palio

TRAVEL TIPS
Transportation
Accommodations
Eating Out
Activities
A-Z: Practical Information
Language
Further Reading
Touring map
 

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