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Lonely Planet Florence Encounter (Travel Guide) [Paperback]

Lonely Planet , Landon
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Book Description

22 Oct 2010 Travel Guide

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Florence Encounter 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. Admire the world's finest collection of Renaissance art, climb to the top of Brunelleschi's primal dome, or marvel at Michelangelo's David; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the best of Florence and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Florence Encounter:

  • Full-colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Free, convenient pull-out Florence map (included in print version), plus over 11 colour local maps
  • User-friendly layout with helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhoods to help you determine the best spots to spend your time
  • Coverage of Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Santa Maria Novella, San Lorenzo, San Marco, Santa Croce, Boboli, San Miniato al Monte, Oltrarno, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Florence Encounter is a handy guide that literally fits in your pocket, providing on-the-go assistance to travellers who seek only the can't-miss experiences. Colourful and easy-to-use, this neighbourhood-focused guide includes unique local recommendations to maximise your quick trip experience.

  • Looking for a comprehensive guide that recommends a wide range of experiences, both popular and offbeat, and extensively covers all of Florence's neighbourhoods? Check out Lonely Planet's Florence & Tuscany guide.
  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's Italy guide for a comprehensive look at all the country has to offer, or Lonely Planet's Discover Italy, a photo-rich guide to the country's most popular attractions.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet and Robert Landon.

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.

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 2 edition (22 Oct 2010)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 1741796938
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741796933
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 10.9 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Beavis
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This guide is planned so that you can explore each district as it has its own mini map with attractions listed for these areas. I managed to plan (roughly) what we should aim to see in the weekend we where there so was brilliant before we even got there as it helped us to choose the area to base ourselves (near the Duomo) - a great buy !.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect pocket guide 29 Mar 2011
I took three guide books to Florence for a couple of weeks,but this was the one I used most,and found very helpful,with a decent map and good detail;the others I referred to in the evening or morning at the flat,but they were too heavy to carry around;all the essential detail you'll need,including some excellent restaurants,are in here.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars extremely satisfied 9 Nov 2011
Great guide. Planned my week in Florence from it and managed to see everything. also its small so very light to keep it on you all the time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect guide for a short Florentine break 21 Nov 2013
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I recently visited the fantastic city of Florence for the second time and have found this little guide by Lonely planet to be a more than adequate guide to a short break stay. Florence is not a big place and does not require a massive cumbersome guide book to make a successful trip. It is a city best explored on foot.

The book is divided into sections by neighbourhood (Duomo and Piazza Della Signoria, San Lorenzo, San Marco etc.) with highlights from each and a detailed area map at the start. Within each are recommendations for sights, shopping and eating and drinking. I have found the restaurant recommendations particularly useful, as it highlights family run restaurants which serve good food favoured by locals, and mostly shuns the central expensive tourist trap eateries. One of the best things about Florence is the food and there are lots of superb and inexpensive restaurants, but you need to find them. This book helps.

At the rear there is a sort of potted history of Florence as well as references to local cuisine and customs, language and architecture, and other info on transport and the like. Not extensive information, but perfectly adequate and easy to digest, rather than wading through unnecessary irrelevancies. The pull out map at the back is also very decent.

Not a guide with tons of in depth information then, but what it does it does very well; it is discrete, with some excellent tips and recommendations and a focus on local Florentine life to help you get the best out of a short break.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother 17 Oct 2013
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Not sure who this guide is aimed at - too little information for anyone hoping to really understand what Florence is about and what is there feels very slapdash and poorly written. I'd buy an Eyewitness guide for some good detail and then go online to find where the best hangouts/things to do are. This guide was neither informative, interesting or up to date.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great little find. 5 Jan 2013
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These pocket sized guidebooks are fantastic. I never leave the house without one for the place I'm visiting as they are easy and lightweight to carry; have great information in them and are extremely useful for guiding you around the city you've chosen to explore with clear maps and relevant, up to date suggestions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy digestible guide to Florence 27 Mar 2012
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This small book had a few positive points: useful maps,quick reference to the main sites and suggestions for visits and food/drinks
It would satisfy readers who like a quick overview and who do not want lengthy explanations. I was disappointed because I felt the book was too superficial. I would have liked to see more explanations about the gallery contents and to read more about the history of the city and sites of interest.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Small 18 Feb 2014
By skins
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Don't know if it was my fault but the book is tiny
If you are looking for the full version look else where
But for handbag size spot on
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing guide from 'Lonely Planet'
Very disappointed. Would not have bought, if I had seen it in a shop. Whole page of photographs of locals, when space would have been better used for more information. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Florence in your pocket
For a short break I feel the "encounter" format provides all the essentials, and fits easily in the pocket. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ian A
5.0 out of 5 stars Pocket-Sized Perfection!
A fab little book to take on your trip to Florence. It divides the city into various different areas and looks at each one in turn. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Nettie Thomson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Little Guide
This is a good little guide to have with you in your handbag but do get a couple of bigger guides to read before you go as well. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Fiona Deans
5.0 out of 5 stars Florence is loverly
good guide and came in usefull every day , cant complain , could of taken a bigger guide but then you look like a real tourist!
Published 15 months ago by Antihero
2.0 out of 5 stars Did they actually try it out?
The content of this book is perfectly reasonable, and we enjoyed all the attractions and restaurants we vistited. Read more
Published on 25 April 2012 by David
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy Pocket Sized Guide
I used my copy of the Lonely Planet Italy (Country Guides)to plan my trip but took the much smaller encounter guide with me. Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2012 by Peter Skelton
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