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Lonely Planet Florence & Tuscany (Travel Guide) [Paperback]

Lonely Planet , Maxwell , Williams
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13 Jan 2012 Travel Guide

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 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
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including customs, history, art, literature, cinema, architecture, politics, landscapes, cuisine, wine, and more
  • Free, convenient pull-out Florence map (included in print version), 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 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, 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.

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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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 7 edition (13 Jan 2012)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 1741798531
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741798531
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible buy 27 Jun 2012
By HannahH
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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!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not perfect. 29 Jun 2012
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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!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive but needlessly sniffy in places 25 Feb 2013
By Elena G
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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!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be improved... 11 Aug 2012
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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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best 31 May 2014
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You cannot beat Lonely Planet for their take on any country and this is a comprehensive look at parts of Italy with pictures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enhanced our stay 1 Nov 2013
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Full of snippets of information about the major attractions. The restaurant reviews were spot on. No more eating in overpriced tourist venues just fantastic food at every budget level.
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4.0 out of 5 stars as always great books. 1 Oct 2013
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great book easy to navigate and some great restaurants and sigts listed. the only problem is the prices were really out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good 7 July 2013
By Jack
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Excellent list of restaurants and a good history section. Very good description of main tourist attractions and good maps of main towns
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2.0 out of 5 stars Preaching
Previously have loved lonely planet books but I have not bought one for 5 years. Found it was very condescending and wish it had just stuck to the facts.
Published 12 months ago by Emma
4.0 out of 5 stars Lonely Planet - useful as always
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. Read more
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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. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jackie
5.0 out of 5 stars Florence and Tuscany Guide
As usual the guide is packed full of information and interesting asides as you would expect from a Lonely Planet guide book. Excellent value.
Published 16 months ago by martin yoxall
5.0 out of 5 stars Trips to Tuscany
Yes used this book constantly in Florence and Siena. Mostly good recommendations and easy to use as all these books are.
Published 18 months ago by S A Elwes
2.0 out of 5 stars First e-Travel Guide
This was my first e-travel guide, purchased for a recent trip accompanied by my trusty iPad. I'm unconvinced. Read more
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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. Read more
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