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Rough Guide to Tuscany and Umbria (Rough Guide Travel Guides) [Paperback]

Jonathan Buckley , Tim Jepson , Mark Ellingham
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28 May 1992 Rough Guide Travel Guides
Churches, galleries and museums might be the main attractions of Tuscany and Umbria, but the provinces are also extremely scenic. This guide covers everything from the wine roads of Chianti to the savage peaks of southeast Umbria. Wildlife reserves, beaches and spas are all featured, with details on how to get to them, where to stay - and which are the ones that justify the hype. And the contemporary side of life is given coverage too with the inside information on everything from the threat to the Montalcino vineyards the current state of FC Fiorentina, Roberta Baggio's old club.

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides Ltd (28 May 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747100888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747100881
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 12.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,878,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeffrey Kennedy has thoroughly enjoyed living in Europe for the last quarter of a century and has been lucky enough to author and co-author a plethora of travel guides and articles for major international publishers.

His chosen destinations have included Rome, Naples and many other regions of Italy; San Francisco and Miami and other parts of Florida in his native US; Mallorca, Andalusia and Barcelona in Spain; and parts of Greece and France.

He has also written a semi-historical novel, coming soon - an esoteric thriller entitled "Pan's Dominion", set on his beloved island of Capri and in Rome, his Eternal City.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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I used the previous edition of this guide during a 3 week stay on the borders of Tuscany and Umbria, and so was keen to see what changes had been made. As with all guide book publication, this guide attempts to balance portability, inclusiveness, visual appeal, clarity of text and maps, detail of essential practical information, price and the expectations of the kind of traveller who buys this kind of book. Considering that this edition is shorter by 120 pages, I was expecting to see the glorious detail of the familiar 7th edition brutally hacked away and the book lacking some of its former appeal. I really shouldn't have worried. The splendours of Florence, Siena, Assisi, Lucca, Pisa, Perugia and all the other gems of these regions are fully documented. Even our 3 weeks home of last year, Citta della Pieve, retains its informative page and a half! And (despite the views of other reviewers) the book also includes plenty of information about national parks, scenic delights, and assorted activities which it would be hard to define as 'cerebral'. However, the region is one of the great cultural (with a capital C) centres, so it's unsurprising to find that most of the information is about such things. That suits my tastes perfectly: for those with different interests, there are plenty of guides which tell you less about such things!

Visually, the book is a treat: the (rather pointless in my opinion) black and white, often rather grainy and unclear images of older editions have disappeared and the photography is now all in colour, distributed throughout the book and no longer confined to the top attractions list. The book is a much more appealing browse and appetite whetter. Mapping is significantly clearer, on a par at least with the Lonely Planet maps which I have generally thought superior.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An expertly written guidebook 2 Sep 2012
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Tuscany and Umbria are among Italy's most exalted regions, with the serene Renaissance cities of Florence, Sienna and Perugia at their cultural heart, and any guide book attempting to adequately reflect the inspirational landscapes, the amazing hill-top towns and villages, the nostalgic pines and fountains, the architecture, arts, history and high civilization of this part of Italy... has to write with a sense of the aesthetic, refinement and pure enchantment as well as with sufficient mundane factual expertise... the Rough Guide accomplishes this aim very well.

The guide perfectly balances text, description, photographs, maps and practical information on where and when to go, what to see, where to stay and eat etc, in 580 pages packed with everything one needs to know, including some useful Italian vocabulary and a comprehensive index. There are chapters on the history of Tuscany and Umbria, the famous Medici, as well as a directory of artists and architects whose creative masterpieces so transformed medieval peasant Italy into the High Renaissance. Most guides are printed on glossy paper which often gives an artificially enhanced and unreal quality, especially to the photographs, but the Rough Guide is printed on a satin type of paper which softens the photography and induces a much more tranquil effect on the reader's mind and senses.

The Rough Guide is very inclusive, designed and offering something for every individual taste and level of financial means, supplying facts and information for every type of traveller, from air flights to travel by train, car, bus, bicycle and walking. There is information on hotels, self-catering accommodation, bed and breakfast, student hostels and even camping.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Less rough 13 Aug 2012
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This is a useful guide both for planning a trip and then to take with you. As you would expect, Florence receives the greatest attention, taking up probably a quarter of the book, and there are good sections on the places on the main tourist areas of Siena, Pisa, Lucca, the Tuscan hill towns & wine areas. However, it is pleasing that less well known places, such as the beautiful country around Bagno di Lucca, are also covered in enough depth to whet the appetite.

Although Umbria appears in smaller letters on the cover, there is still good information about this less visited province. Assisi and Perugia get the lion's share of attention but there is decent information about places like Trevi or Todi (I haven't been to the latter for maybe twenty years and the description now suggests it may have become overly gentrified which would be a shame as it was a charming place - not sure whether I want to go back now).

The book is perhaps disappointing in having little or no information about walks apart from usually brief mentions, a lacuna that is all the more surprising since there is precious little of this information readily available in Italy either.

The layout of Rough Guides has improved over the years and this guide benefits from colour photos and is laid out in a logical way. Practical information such as travel information, accommodation & restaurant listings is grouped at the end of the description of places/sites. It is always difficult to comment on accommodation & eating suggestions as this is so much down to personal taste and expectation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good book
Published 3 days ago by John H.
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather dull. Average information
Rather dull. Average information. Could do with more about places to eat and go to as that is a lot of what tuscany is about. Too much about the more well known places. Read more
Published 9 days ago by M Korkis
3.0 out of 5 stars Very average
I've always been a staunch defender of Rough guides since teenage inter-railing days but to be honest this felt poorly designed, utterly standard in it's text & the maps were... Read more
Published 7 months ago by D. J. Brock
3.0 out of 5 stars Usual excellent text but hyperlink/navigation and maps leave lot to be...
Text same as book with little apart from listings that is new over older editions. However more galling is the is the fact that there is little to allow the reader to get around... Read more
Published 8 months ago by small print
4.0 out of 5 stars Backpackers Bible
Good guide but still too slanted towards the backpacker end of the market. I erroneously put the wrong comment for the Tuscany Marco Polo Holiday Map. Read more
Published 8 months ago by D J Magauran
3.0 out of 5 stars Get the real book in stead
Maps no good on kindle. Its better as real book to much hassle flicking from one bit to another .
Published 8 months ago by Alex Workman
5.0 out of 5 stars Guide
Good insight into local areas, managed to find some of the churches. Ran out of time.

Would recommend Italy as a touring destination, locals very friendly
Published 9 months ago by Roger Bradshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars umbria rough guide
we found this a very useful and usable book for our visit, worth the money and research before the trip and during it
Published 10 months ago by nikfrance
3.0 out of 5 stars very general
was only visiting pisa and northern tuscany(garfagnana,lucca,apenines)Gave a brief description and italy so will be useful for return trips
Published 10 months ago by sally
4.0 out of 5 stars No frills but perfectly decent travel companion.
I had this delivered from Amazon Vine in anticipation of our summer holiday near Sienna and it's been a good guide, overall. Read more
Published 10 months ago by A. Taylor
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