Gr 6-10-A Renaissance traveler would have greatly benefited from this guide, and modern students should likewise enjoy this vibrant look at Florence in the early 1500s. Presented in the format and tone of today's travel guides, the present-tense text is engaging and friendly. Chapters include "Arriving in Florence, Where to Stay and Eat" and "Shopping"-the latter containing tips on where to find the year's most fashionable dresses and how to order a custom-built suit of armor. The plentiful photographs, reproductions, diagrams, and maps interspersed throughout are mostly black and white; there is, however, one 16-page section of poorly reproduced, full-color artwork. A serviceable addition for Renaissance studies.-Toniann Scime, Amherst Museum, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.