You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling through Florence and Tuscany.
With the self-guided tours in this book, you’ll discover the geographic heart of Italy. Take the Renaissance Walk and tour the Uffizi Gallery to learn how Florence taught civilized living to the rest of Europe. Wander through the medieval city of Siena and find out what Pisa has to offer beyond the Leaning Tower. Relax in sunny Tuscan hill towns where you’ll enjoy full-bodied wine, the world’s best gelato, and the company of friendly locals.
NOTE FROM TARA:  We used the Rick Steves book for our adventure to Florence.  I have been a fan of Rick Steves for many years and find his travel guides invaluable.  His Florence guide provides not only current information, with personal recommendations on where to stay, places to eat and what to go see/do but he also gives you the stuff the locals love.
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.
DK Eyewitness Travel’s full-color guidebooks to hundreds of destinations around the world truly show you what others only tell you. They have become renowned for their visual excellence, which includes unparalleled photography, 3-D mapping, and specially commissioned cutaway illustrations. DK Eyewitness Travel Guides are the only guides that work equally well for inspiration, as a planning tool, a practical resource while traveling, and a keepsake following any trip.
NOTE FROM TARA:  We’ve used Eyewitness Guides on a number of occasions (usually where Rick Steves doesn’t go) and they are brilliant.  This one is worth a mention here because it, like the RS guide, provides great, practical information.  So the choice is yours…
With over 130 tips and detailed recommendations, suitable for various tastes and budgets, Tuscany for the Shameless Hedonist is a hugely useful resource for anyone visiting this region. Find out where to enjoy a romantic aperitivo with a spectacular view and how to book a dinner in a real, active jail; read which spa resorts offer the most indulgent pampering, which historic mansions shouldn’t be missed, and where the best accommodation in Florence is; discover hidden restaurants favored by locals, the very best wine tours and tastings, and where to buy award-winning bottles of Chianti, Brunello and the Super-Tuscans. Learn where to find authentic hand-made souvenirs, hot Italian fashion (at outlet prices!), glorious olive oil, and delicious prosciutto; and, naturally, read all about the top recommended cooking classes, festivals, antique markets, B&Bs and guided hikes in the region. In short, Tuscany for the Shameless Hedonist is the one guide you need to build not just a good vacation, but an incredible one.
The new, full-colour Rough Guide to Tuscany and Umbria is the ultimate travel guide to some of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations. Covering the region more comprehensively than any other guide, it’s packed with up-to-date and expert information on all the attractions, from the great museums of Florence and Siena to the tiny rural hill-towns, as well as guiding you to the best of the beaches, forests, mountains and vineyard-clad hills. It also it gives you the lowdown on the best hotels and restaurants for all budgets, and illuminates the sights with background information on history, folklore, art, architecture and festivals. Dozens of photographs and easy-to-use colour maps complete a guide that has long been established as the best you can buy. Make the most of your time on Earth[trademark] with The Rough Guide to Tuscany and Umbria.
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