Florence & Tuscany 2016 Guidebook
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- Freshly updated for 2016
- Rick's picks for sights, eating, sleeping
- Stuffed with self-guided walks and tours
- All you need to explore Florence and the best of Tuscany
- Extra tips on kids, shopping, and nightlife
- Easy-to-read maps
Buy your Florence & Tuscany 2016 Guidebook:
In Rick Steves' Florence & Tuscany you'll find in-depth Rick-tested information on:
- Easy-to-follow maps (including color maps of Tuscany, central Florence, and Siena)
- Trip planning: When to go, pre-trip checklist, festivals and holidays, recommended books and movies
- Getting around Florence by bus and taxi
- Advice on planning your time and avoiding lines
- Transportation in Italy: Trains, buses, and driving
- Detailed advice on managing money, communicating, reserving rooms, handling emergencies, and other helpful hints
- Recommended Sights and Activities
- Recommended Hotels and Restaurants
- Florence Self-Guided Walks
- Renaissance walk through the city center
- Florence Self-Guided Museum/Sight Tours
- Accademia Gallery
- Uffizi Gallery
- Museum of San Marco
- Duomo Museum
- Palazzo Vecchio
- Medici Chapels
- Medici-Riccardi Palace
- Santa Maria Novella
- Santa Croce
- Brancacci Chapel
- Pitti Palace
- Galileo Science Museum
- Including a self-guided city walk and in-depth info on the Duomo, Duomo Museum, and Civic Museum
- Including a self-guided walk and in-depth info on the Leaning Tower, Duomo, and Field of Miracles
- Tuscan Hill Towns
- Volterra and San Gimignano
- Pienza and the Val d'Orcia
- Montalcino and the Brunello Wine Country
- Crete Senesi
- And More
- Florentine and Tuscan history, culture, and cuisine (including recommendations for cooking courses)
- Florence with children
- Florence shopping and nightlife
- Handy Italian survival phrases
|Author(s):||Rick Steves & Gene Openshaw|
|Dimensions:||8" x 4 ½" x ¾"|
|Publication date:||October 2015|
|Next edition arrives:||October 2016|
Is This the Right Book for Me?
Should I get both the Florence & Tuscany book and the Italy book?
Probably not. If you're only spending a few days in Tuscany, as part of a longer trip in Italy, the larger guidebook for the whole country is all you're likely to need.
If, however, you're spending at least four days in Florence or at least a week in Tuscany as a whole, the extra information in Rick Steves Florence & Tuscany is worthwhile. Compared to Rick Steves Italy, the Florence & Tuscany guidebook offers much more in-depth sightseeing information for Florence, Siena, Pisa, and the Tuscan Hill Towns — including many more self-guided city walks and museum tours, a chapter on Cortona (not covered in Rick Steves Italy), and more advice for travelers specifically interested in the city's shopping, nightlife, or activities for kids. Other information is generally the same — for example, the Florence chapter of our bigger Italy guidebook has all the hotels, restaurants, and nitty-gritty practical advice for the city of Florence that you'll find in the Florence & Tuscany guidebook.
What's the difference between the Rick Steves Florence & Tuscany guidebook and the Rick Steves Pocket Florence guide?
Our Pocket Florence guide works best for people taking a short trip, or perhaps a return trip, to Florence. Like our other Pocket guides, Pocket Florence is smaller than the full-size guidebook and in full color (but still offers our best sightseeing advice and a handful of self-guided city walks and museum tours, plus a fold-out map). But for travelers who want to delve deep into Florence — whether it's because they're staying longer, are visiting for the first time, and/or appreciate more thorough information — the full-size guidebook is a better option, as it offers more substantial (and more frequently updated) advice on every front: more detailed information on practicalities, sightseeing, self-guided tours, hotels, restaurants, nightlife, shopping, kids' activities, and the city's history and culture, plus complete chapters on the best of Tuscany beyond Florence.
Should I get Rick Steves Snapshot: Hill Towns of Central Italy in addition to the Rick Steves Florence & Tuscany guidebook?
Only if you'd like coverage on Assisi, Orvieto, or Civita di Bagnoregio, none of which are covered in Rick Steves Florence & Tuscany (but are covered in Rick Steves Italy). The Snapshot: Hill Towns guide — which is simply the excerpted "Heart of Tuscany" chapter from the full-size Rick Steves Italy guidebook — offers no information on Tuscan destinations that isn't in Florence & Tuscany guidebook (and has a little less sightseeing info on Siena and Pisa).
Updates and Feedback
Latest updates: When we learn of critical changes to the information in our guidebooks on Italy, we post them. (Of course, it's still smart to reconfirm critical transportation and sightseeing details locally.) Armed with a Rick Steves guidebook and these late-breaking updates, you're set for a great trip!
Submit feedback: Once you've used this book in Europe, we'd love to hear your feedback — good or bad — about our advice on sights, hotels, restaurants, and travel tips. We're also interested in any tips or discoveries you made while in Europe. Your comments help us improve our guidebooks for future travelers.