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Lonely Planet Florence Encounter (Travel Guide) Paperback – 22 Oct 2010
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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.
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.
All of the restaurants that I used based on its recommendations were excellent but I found that a couple of bars had different opening hours from those published, but this may be because I was there in the off season.
My main problem with the guide was that the maps do not show all of the little back streets in some areas which can make it a little bit difficult to find your way around (especially if you are already lost).
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