Travel Florence, Tuscany, and Umbria, Italy. Illustrated travel guide, phrasebook, and maps

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Illustrated city guide, phrasebook, and maps. Indulge Yourself with a personal tour guide on Your PDA. FREE General Info, a map, and phrasebook in the trial version. Features

  • Fully illustrated.
  • Historical overviews.
  • Interesting facts.
  • Street Map, Transportation Maps, and more.
Table of Contents
  • I. Introduction
  • II. Maps
  • III. Italian Phrasebook
  • IV. Florence
  • V. Tuscany
  • VI. Umbria
I. Introduction: Tuscany | Umbria | Get in | Get around | Climate | Buy | Eat | Drink | Cope | Stay Safe | Stay Healthy | Respect | Contact II. Maps: Italy | Tuscany | Umbria | Florence | Blocks | Panorama of Old Florence | Florence Public Transportation: West | Center | East III. Phrasebook: About | Pronunciation | Vocabulary

IV. Florence General: About | Tourist Offices | Arno River | Demography | Economy and Industry | Do | Sleep | Stay Safe | Buy | Get Out Transport: About | Get in | Get around | Santa Maria Novella Station | Peretola Airport | Trenitalia

History: Chronological | Extended

Culture: Museums | Art & Sculpture | Italian Renaissance | Florentine Practical Jokes | Teatro della Pergola | Arte della Lana | Florentine Calendar | Duomo | Notable Residents

Landmarks: See | Piazza della Signoria | Palaces | Buildings & Structures | Churches | Bridges

Districts: Arcetri | Settignano

Parks: Boboli Gardens | Giardino dei Semplici

Eat & Drink: Eat | Drink

V. Tuscany

Main Attractions in Tuscany: Arezzo | Florence (Firenze) | Cortona | Grosseto | Livorno | Lucca | Montepulciano | Pisa | Pistoia | Prato | Siena

Province of Arezzo: Arezzo | Castiglion Fiorentino | Civitella in Val di Chiana | Cortona | Foiano della Chiana | Lucignano | Poppi | Pratovecchio | Sansepolcro | Sestino

Province of Florence: Florence | Certaldo | Empoli | Fiesole | Greve in Chianti | Impruneta | San Casciano in Val di Pesa

Province of Grosseto: Grosseto | Capalbio | Castel del Piano | Castiglione della Pescaia | Isola del Giglio | Manciano | Monte Argentario | Orbetello | Pitigliano | Sorano

Province of Livorno: Livorno | Cecina | Piombino | Portoferraio

Province of Lucca: Lucca | Bagni di Lucca | Barga | Borgo a Mozzano | Castelnuovo di Garfagnana | Castiglione di Garfagnana | Pescaglia | Pietrasanta | Viareggio

Province of Massa-Carrara: Carrara | Massa | Pontremoli

Province of Pisa: Pisa | Cascina | Montecatini Val di Cecina | San Giuliano Terme | San Miniato | Volterra

Province of Pistoia: Pistoia | Montecatini Terme | Pescia

Province of Prato: Prato | Carmignano | Poggio a Caiano

Province of Siena: Siena | Asciano | Castellina in Chianti | Castiglione d'Orcia | Cetona | Chianciano Terme | Chiusi | Colle di Val d'Elsa | Montalcino | Montepulciano | Monteriggioni | Pienza | Poggibonsi | Radicofani | San Casciano dei Bagni | San Gimignano | Sinalunga

Islands: Elba | Capraia | Pianosa | Montecristo | Giglio | Giannutri

VI. Umbria

Main Attractions in Umbria: Assisi | Gubbio | Orvieto | Perugia

Province of Perugia: Perugia | Assisi | Bettona | Bevagna | Castiglione del Lago | Citt? della Pieve | Citt? di Castello | Deruta | Foligno | Fossato di Vico | Gualdo Tadino | Gubbio | Massa Martana | Montefalco | Monteleone di Spoleto | Nocera Umbra | Norcia | Spello | Spoleto | Todi | Torgiano | Trevi | Umbertide

Province of Terni: Terni | Acquasparta | Amelia | Narni | Orvieto | Otricoli | San Gemini

Customer Reviews:

  • Good Info for a Trip
    I bought this prior to traveling to Italy. Great info on Tuscany and Florence. And I loved that area!!...more info
  • Content may be good, but navigation needs work!
    One of the biggest advantages of the Kindle for traverlers is being able to reduce the number of tour books required! Unfortunately for this book it's not yet really ready for Kindle. The table of contents doesn't permit navigation to that chapter. Very difficult to quickly flip to the section required. While the information may be good, navigation issues limit me giving it more than 2 stars....more info
  • Florence and Tuscany
    We used this guide and found it to be excellent. We had several guides but this was the most complete and easy to use....more info
  • The Starting Place For Every Trip
    My work has provided me with the opportunity to travel a good bit. I am the type of person who wants to get a working background for my destinations, both in terms of history and geographic layout. Because I work, I don't have a great deal of time to spend reading and studying different, often lengthy, travel guides before or during my trips.

    Because these guides are concise, beautifully illustrated, relatively compact, and impeccably organized, I cannot recommend highly enough the Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness Travel Guides! The DK Eyewitness Travel Guide is THE guide I buy for every destination. Not only do I get a quick history and background of the destination, but I also will be provided with a visual guide to everything. The visual detail is really what sets the DK Eyewitness Travel Guides apart.

    The street maps of common destination points are drawn in dimensional detail so you will visually recognize when you "get there." This is particularly helpful when you don't speak the native language. The explanation of addresses in Florence turned out to be awfully helpful to me.

    The regional maps are colorful and concise. However, the DK Eyewitness Travel Guide really shows its stuff with the drawings associated with attractions such as museums and churches. Their presentation of building layouts allow the traveler who is short on time to quickly see the best of the attraction within the time the traveler has to spend. With Florence as a destination, these museum and church illustrations are priceless!

    Each DK Eyewitness Travel Guide has a good summary section in the back with practical information about where to eat, where to sleep, what to do, and how to get around.

    While I may supplement the DK Eyewitness Travel Guide with others for a more detailed travel guide, the other guide is only more to read, not more to see. Buy the DK Eyewitness Travel Guide first for any destination.
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  • Best Overall Tour Guide to Florence
    If you plan to buy only one travel guide to Florence and Tuscany, this is the one. It provides an overview of all aspects of Florentine life and then proceeds to discuss the attractions in different sections of the city, complete with street maps. Major attractions are given several page spreads with open building diagrams from which you can determine where a particular painting or sculpture is within a building.

    Unfortunately, the coverage tends to be uneven. For instance, very little is said about the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, the museum that houses Michelangelo's second Pieta, Donatello's Mary Magdalene, and other significant sculpture by Donatello, della Robbia and others.

    The listings of hotels and restaurants are limited, and for our purposes, were of little use. Better to use a current version of a guide dedicated to those subjects.

    The best museum guides are the small inexpensive (about 8 euro) ones that are available at the major museums. These exist for the Academy, the Bargello, San Lorenzo, San Marco and the Museum of Archaeology. There is also an excellent, slightly larger guide to the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo that can be bought in their bookshop (You do not have to enter the museum to use the bookshop, which has a fine collection of books on Florence). We bought an entertaining and useful book there (Alta Mcadam's "Americans in Florence" [ISBN 88-09-013157-1]), which offers a series of walks with recommendations for sights restaurants, and hotels along the way. Unfortunately, it does not appear to be available in the U.S., although some of the same information may be available in the Guinti Guide to Florence.

    Also consider purchasing the Knopf Guide to Florence, which is less functional but has beautiful pictures of the city.

    The best map is the Knopf CityMap. Compact and very useful.

    Recommendation: Our most impressive and beautiful experience in Florence was attending the afternoon vespers in the crypt of San Miniato, at which the Benedictine monks sing Gregorian chants. It's as if you were taken back 1,000 years. Truly lovely. Every afternoon at 4:30.

    One last thing: Be sure to check the hours of the places you plan to visit. Many of the museums (e.g., the Bargello and the Medici Library) are only open during very short hours and only on certain days.

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  • Excellent travel guide
    This travel guide came in very handy during a recent vacation trip to Florence. It's one of the best I've seen, though not perfect. This book is packed with useful information about the major attractions, interesting historical tidbits, lots of color photos and illustrations, and suggestions on things to buy and foods to eat. The maps of central Florence are very helpful to anyone planning to wander a lot by foot which is really the best way to see the city. Most of the major sights are within easy walking distance of one another. There is also information and photos of other towns in Tuscany with brief descriptions. This guide book has sturdy laminated covers which means it won't fall apart on you, even after constant use. My biggest gripe concerns the hotel and restaurant recommendations. Most of the hotels listed are very expensive. And the restaurant list could be better, in my opinion. It would have also been helpful to have more information about bus routes to places of interest outside Florence. My wife and I, for instance, took a side trip to a small town just south of the city. We found a local bus that took us there and the fare was less than two euros. But all of these faults are minor. I would still strongly recommend this guide to anyone visiting Florence....more info
  • Good background reading
    This guide has a good overview of Tuscany with lovely pictures, and its restaurant reviews are quite reliable. It is good background reading before a visit to the area, although because of its scope of coverage it is brief on details about most sights. However, I found it a little difficult to use in the field, mostly due to the placement of the maps and to the organization of the information on Florence. I would give it four stars but downgraded it to 3 for one major flaw. The guide recommends a walk to San Miniato al Monte and describes the route as dotted with cafes. There was not a single cafe along the way to the church and this error was remarkable -- beware of making this hike without several bottles of water!...more info
  • Only wish I'd had more time
    Yeah, doesn't everyone? There is so much in this book outside of Florence and I really wanted to make the trek into the Tuscan hills around the city, especially to Pisa and Siena. But alas, I was trapped in Florence...and what a prison it was! Everyone should find themselves thus abused at some point in their life, I believe.

    This DK guide made the punishment a lot easier to endure, saving me time and headache by thoroughly breaking down specific areas of the city in detailed maps. From Palazzo and Ponte Vecchio, to the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (il Duomo), and on to Brancacci Chapel and Santa Croce and everything in between. This guide gave me detailed information on each of the sites and helped enrich the experience. The exploded diagrams cover the finer points, giving the reader recognizable visual elements to look for along the way. This is so much better than words alone.

    Overall, I highly recommend this book...and the city itself. Florence is a place like no other! ...more info
  • Good for setting expectations
    This book, I bought for its Tuscany part, since my family and I went to Tuscany (but not Florence) on vacation, so I was a bit dissapointed to discover that Florence takes up as much coverage than the rest of Tuscany. Given the pattern of other Eyewitness guides, this shouldn't have surprised me, but I had forgotten.

    That said, I still find the format of the Eyewitness Travel Guides good for setting expectations. Using the book, it's a fairly easy task to skim through the book to decide what would be interesting to see.

    The visual focus of the book is strongest when focus is on arcitecture - I found the introductions to Tuscan arcitecture quite helpful, and as usual, cutaway diagrams of churches, etc. are most helpful. For this book, howevever, I found disappointingly few of these, and too many regular (albeit nice) fotos.

    The focus is heavily on culture, even though the landscape of Tuscany is also very nice. As an example can be mentioned Monte Amiata, which can be seen from all over Southern Tuscany, but is only mentioned in passing once in the entire book....more info
  • Make Eyewitness essential part of your travel fun
    DK's Eyewitness Travel Guides are our best travel companion during our tour of Europe. Full of tips, pictures, maps, site info, history, local reference ... every page is not only helpful but beautiful. The layout anf format is very innovative and reader friendly, a ture standing out from any other travel books. It was interesting to see that almost everywhere we went, we saw other people (tourists apparently) holding and checking the same DK book on the street.

    The coverage is comprehensive and growing year after year, Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice ... every city we went have its own Eyewitness serie. We studied them before our trip, consulted them during our trip, and kept them as memo and photo book after our trip. They are simply essential part of the travel fun.

    I recommend buying indiviual city/area book wherever possible instead of the country book. For example, buy Rome, Florence, and Venice books instead of Eyewitness Italy (unless your destination doesn't have its own Eyewitness). That way you get more detailed and targeted info....more info


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