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Perfect guide for a short Florentine break
on 21 November 2013
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.