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The Rough Guide to Florence (Miniguides) Paperback – 31 Jan 2002

3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 2nd Revised edition edition (31 Jan. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858287286
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858287287
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.1 x 14.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,001,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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...has virtually every piece of information you need...While extremely easy to use, it is extremely well written. -- Charlotte, NC, Observer, 17 October 1999

The best guidebook. -- The Sunday Telegraph, 14 November 1999, London, UK --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Jonathan Buckley first visited Italy in 1979 and has returned every year since. He is the author of the Rough Guide to Venice and co-author of the Rough Guide to Tuscany and Umbria.

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This guide isn't big and flashy, and it's better for it. It is genuinely pocket-sized, and does not waste space on photographs (what's the point of them if you're going to see the buildings or pictures anyway?). Instead it has a number of clear and reliable floorplans of galleries and churches linked to a more than adequate and intelligent commentary on the features to see. For instance, unlike some bigger guidebooks, it devotes a dozen pages to the Uffizi Galleries, with pointers to all the famous and significant (if not so well-known) paintings, together with (in a lot of cases) a brief explanation of what is notable about the work and how it fits into the artistic or political history of the Renaissance. Its judgments on some works of art and galleries (eg the Accademia) are sometimes unfashionable but in the week we used it they were always found to be reliable. In other words, it treats the reader as someone who is not an art historian but reasonably intelligent and interested in what they are seeing, without being highbrow or patronising. The chapter of potted biographies of leading Florentine artists and the chapter on history were among the best of their kind I've seen in a guidebook.
The guidance on shopping and markets was spot-on, and though we didn't use it so much for eating and drinking it was again reliable when we did (except in the case of a trattoria in Fiesole where we learned the word for 'rip-off' is 'bidonata'!).
The short sections (with street maps) on excursions to Siena and
Fiesole proved to be perfectly adequate for day-trips, without the need to buy another guide.
The only slight criticisms are that the street plans of Florence are inevitably small, although they are handy to use. The one irritant with them, however, was the lack of a street index or a map of bus routes. Apart from that, which doesn't warrant docking it a star, this comes highly recommended following actual use on the ground.
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By A Customer on 30 May 2001
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Having booked a short weekend in Florence, I went looking for guide books to help me make the most of my limited time there. This book came the most highly recommended and I wasn't disappointed. It contained all the information I needed to know about the major attractions, admission fees (which are missing out of other books I tried), and opening hours, as well as short but informative histories. It also lists a variety of restaurants, cafes and wine bars. Another great section described day trips to Pisa and Sienna, which in my case proved invaluable as I was arriving in Florence via Pisa Airport. There only drawback to this book is the lack of photographs, but there are plenty of maps and diagrams to compensate. In short, this is small concise book pakced full of information. And it fits easily in your handbag/pocket.
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The book was 10 years out of date so preety useless really should have been infofmed
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some good information- Well written but needs to be update- Size is great for travel 5 April 2013
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This book is a great guide if you are visiitng Flroence. It is compact in size so it will travle well with you during teh trip. The book is getting a little outdated but for the most part is well written and laid out and the majority of the info about the city in general is usfeul to get a basic understanding of Florence to plan your trip with.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Handy and informative 15 Aug. 2004
By L. Akey - Published on
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Small enough to tote along as you explore Florence. All text and diagrams of key monuments and venues. Adequate info on lodging and eateries. This was the primary guidebook we used on a recent trip to Florence - along with the indispensable Rough Guides map - supplemented by a few photocopied pages from other sources.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just the facts 17 Aug. 2000
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Save the pictures for postcards (and your own photos). This all-text guide is very informative, with a particularly helpful hotel section. For example, only hotels that are relatively close to the sights, but free of Florence's (Firenze's) traffic noise are listed.
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