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Lonely Planet Florence & Tuscany (Travel Guide)


Lonely Planet Florence & Tuscany (Travel Guide)

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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Florence & Tuscany is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Gaze upon Renaissance masterpieces at Florence's Uffizi Gallery, hunt for truffles in the hilltop town of San Minato, or climb San Gimignano's medieval towers; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Florence and Tuscany and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Florence & Tuscany Travel Guide:

  • Full-colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way totailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money and help you get around like alocal, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours ofoperation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating,sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that mostguidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travelexperience - including customs, history, art, literature, cinema,architecture, politics, landscapes, cuisine, wine, and more
  • Free, convenient pull-out Florence map (included in printversion), plus over 20 local maps
  • Useful features - including Walking Tours, Travel with Children,and Day Trips
  • Coverage of Florence, Siena, Central Coast, Elba, Apuane Alps,Lucca, Pisa, San Gimignano, San Minato, Chianti, Arezzo, Garfagnana, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Florence & Tuscany, our most comprehensive guide to Florence and Tuscany, is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less travelled.

  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's Italyguide for a comprehensive look at all the country has to offer orLonely Planet's Discover Italy, a photo-rich guide to the country'smost popular attractions.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Virginia Maxwell, and Nicola Williams.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

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  • By HannahH on 27 June 2012

    I bought this book as I was planning to take a road trip throughout tuscany in June 2012. It was remarkably handy to have before, throughout and after the trip! It was perfect for references of places, reading on the history of the places, and helped incredibly a lot in deciding what to see and what to miss.However, what I loved most about the book was the detailed recommendations/reviews for places to eat - whether it was an expensive, fancy restuarant or a 'hole-in-the-wall' in Florence for a sandwich. We never visited an overly expensive place or had a bad experience because of it.Nonetheless, there was some disadvantages of the book. As it was covering Florence AND Tuscany, it was aiming to cover a lot in very little room. There was no one map of tuscany for driving - although that proved not to be so difficult because of signs everywhere. I also felt that it missed out on a few towns/villages/landscapes that were absolutely perfect - but this is only a matter of an update in the next version!Overall, a well set out book with recommendations, stories, history, descriptions and in-depth advise.Highly recommended!

  • By G. Labrijn on 29 June 2012

    The lonely planet guides and rough guides are my preferred travel guides.Both are a bit thin on how to get from A to B, and seem to assume that most of us drive cars. Well I don't and anyway you see much more when you are not driving.I realise it is hard to be up to date about trains and buses, so give more in the way of websites.Beware, some italian websites are out of date, so always check locally.My hotel actually only regurgitated the website............not a lot of use either!

  • By Elena G on 25 February 2013

    I enjoyed using this guidebook on the whole. Most of the recommendations and descriptions were accurate. It was particularly useful for Florence and Lucca. However, it was quite dismissive of several beach towns on the Versilia Riviera, which I really enjoyed visiting. So if you think a place looks good but the guide book has not given it much page room, and/or has been mildly derogatory/dismissive, don't be put off from checking it out!

  • By Kevin O' Brien on 18 August 2014

    This is a truly awful guide book. Information is vague and obviously second or third hand. The language irritates 'we recon the Middle Ages get a bad rap in the history books' and is full of similar unqualified assertions. It smacks of posh people adopting street argot to court popularity. Information is scant and caters for a short attention span.Rough Guides top it for relevant information as at least they lead you to believe that some of the restaurants andaccommodation might have been visited by the reviewers.I deeply regret buying this and would never buy another lonely planet guide. Generally speaking, Michelin guides top everything for cultural info and rough guides supply the best practical info. DK are a reasonable fusion. Take your pick.

  • By Anonimous on 11 August 2012

    I bought this guide for a trip in Florence (a week) and Tuscany (Greve in Chianti, Sienna, Lucca, Pisa...) which has provided good details for Florence and also give a good glimpse of the various destinations in Tuscany (good maps...). But I was sometimes a bit disappointed by the exactitude of the guide.First, opening time and fares are not always up to date (Boboli Garden is not free but 10 euros...).The guide is not very handy when looking for things to do neaby where you are, as these is no page number to refer to from the map.Also, there were couple of questionnable tips. For example, I went to Antica Osteria da Divo restaurant in Sienna the first day I arrived in town and I had a very bad experience with the food (seafood was not fresh, truffle has no taste but cost the same price, no choice for wine by glass, only one one Chianti Classico at 6 euros the bottle) and the service is charge twice (you paid the coppetto of 3 euros by personne and an additional service charge of 10% of the bill). After looking at the review of this place on tripadvisor, I realize that I was not the only one who did not appreciate my dinner... Obviously, all the places recommended are not like this restaurant, but I was quite surprise to be able to find one like this in the guide.To put things into perspective, even if I think this guide could be improved, I could not find other guide which looks better than this one. That's probably why this January 2012 version was still not done thoroughly after 12 years (first version of this guide is July 2000)...I hope that helps.Have a good trip!

  • By C. Moore on 20 June 2013

    Whilst there is no substitute for going to a place, chatting to locals and exploring yourself, this Lonely Planet has a decent stab at it. I've just returned from 2 weeks in Pisa, Florence and the surrounding area, and this book was very handy with information about the important things to see in each spot, transport etc. However, the coverage is a little too brief on some of the smaller places, and very detailed when it comes to the Uffizi and other main sites - hence the 4 stars.

  • By Jackie on 13 April 2013

    A must have guide, full of information from travelling around, eating out, hotels, places to visit. We went to areas which we hadn't heard of before reading this guide. Although the Internet offers plenty of advice on Tuscany, nothing can replace having a book in your hand to plan you days when there. They are so cheap considering how much information is in it. Perhaps to big to carry around with you, but ideal to tuck in your luggage, plan your day, then leave in your hotel.

  • By GeorgeLuke on 9 August 2012

    This book proved very useful on our holiday in Tuscany. It would be useful to have more information on individual wine chateau's to visit and how it works. (unless I missed this bit?). More info on the ZTL areas in the cities would help, perhaps a line on the maps and picture of the signs?

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