At the heart of this full-colour and visually inspiring guide is a wealth of well-researched information and over 120 detailed recommendations, written by experts. Florence is a city devoted to art and breathtaking architecture, from the magnificent Duomo to the Uffizi gallery and from the Palazzo Pitti to the picturesque Ponte Vecchio, you will find all the sights and top attractions explored in an easy-to-read A-Z format helping you navigate your way through the almost overwhelming array of sights. Superb 3D laminated illustrations display the key highlights in perspective and include the Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore and the impressive Piazza della Signoria, brought to life at the turn of a page. Clear and concise background texts cover Florence's fascinating cultural heritage and history, tracing key events from its founding as a Roman veterans' colony in 59BC to the Medici and beyond. Special feature pages cover topics of particular interest that give a rare glimpse into everyday life and throughout the guide you will find answers to some of Florence's more intriguing cultural questions such as 'Why is the construction of the cathedral dome a technical tour de force?' and 'What role did the Medici play in the city's history?'. A comprehensive 'Practicalities' chapter covers all the essential travel advice you need, including accommodation, transport, food and drink, health, shopping, money and much more, not to mention useful insider tips for travellers with disabilities and those travelling with children. It reveals when and where you can catch festivals, holidays and events throughout the year. There are plenty of 'Baedeker tips' alongside the relevant places and sights information, making this guide ideal for on-the-spot reference. The guide is accompanied by a large, fully indexed, pull-out map, along with 24 detailed maps and plans within the text that clearly pin-points the best places to stay and top venues to eat and drink en route. There are 4 recommended tours specially designed to ensure you see the very best of this uniquely beautiful and historic city. Whether you want to focus on the absolute highlights, follow in Michelangelo's footsteps, climb Monte alle Croce or see a different side of the city, the 4 specially selected tours range from 1-2 days, so you can choose the tour to suit you. Top sights are clearly plotted along the way with the distances marked between them. All of this invaluable information is contained within a handy plastic wallet that allows you to keep the guide and map together whilst ensuring that both will survive in all weather. Baedeker - setting a new standard in 21st century travel guide publishing.
Publisher: MAIRDUMONT GmbH & Co. KG
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 189 x 123 x 23 mm
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