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    Jonathan Buckley(Author) Tim Jepson(Author)
"The Rough Guide to Florence" is the ultimate pocket handbook to one of the world's great cities. Features include: expert commentary on the wealth of attractions, from the cathedral dome to the Uffizi, and from Michelangelo's David to the flea market; incisive reviews of the best hotels, restaurants, bars, clubs and designer shops; day-trips to Fiesole, Pisa and Siena; and full-colour maps for the whole city, plus plans of galleries and monuments.

...has virtually every piece of information you need...While extremely easy to use, it is extremely well written.-- Charlotte, NC, Observer, 17 October 1999The best guidebook.-- The Sunday Telegraph, 14 November 1999, London, UK --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • By Brian Barnard on 15 October 2002

    This guide isn't big and flashy, and it's better for it. It is genuinely pocket-sized, and does not waste space on photographs (what's the point of them if you're going to see the buildings or pictures anyway?). Instead it has a number of clear and reliable floorplans of galleries and churches linked to a more than adequate and intelligent commentary on the features to see. For instance, unlike some bigger guidebooks, it devotes a dozen pages to the Uffizi Galleries, with pointers to all the famous and significant (if not so well-known) paintings, together with (in a lot of cases) a brief explanation of what is notable about the work and how it fits into the artistic or political history of the Renaissance. Its judgments on some works of art and galleries (eg the Accademia) are sometimes unfashionable but in the week we used it they were always found to be reliable. In other words, it treats the reader as someone who is not an art historian but reasonably intelligent and interested in what they are seeing, without being highbrow or patronising. The chapter of potted biographies of leading Florentine artists and the chapter on history were among the best of their kind I've seen in a guidebook.The guidance on shopping and markets was spot-on, and though we didn't use it so much for eating and drinking it was again reliable when we did (except in the case of a trattoria in Fiesole where we learned the word for 'rip-off' is 'bidonata'!).The short sections (with street maps) on excursions to Siena andFiesole proved to be perfectly adequate for day-trips, without the need to buy another guide.The only slight criticisms are that the street plans of Florence are inevitably small, although they are handy to use. The one irritant with them, however, was the lack of a street index or a map of bus routes. Apart from that, which doesn't warrant docking it a star, this comes highly recommended following actual use on the ground.

  • By Mr. C. J. Bosworth on 10 January 2010

    The book was 10 years out of date so preety useless really should have been infofmed

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