- Flexibound: 336 pages
- Publisher: DK Travel (March 20, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0756615402
- ISBN-13: 978-0756615406
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #692,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Florence and Tuscany (Eyewitness Travel Guides) Flexibound – March 20, 2006
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I had a significant medical problem in Florence, and needed immediate attention. The book gave the address for a clinic specifically for tourists (I didn't see this listed in the other guides I had access to). All of the doctors at this clinic spoke English, and I didn't even have to speak to hospital staff or reception. The thing is, even if many foreigners speak enough English to impress, in health situations it's very different and easy to confuse and become confused. Trying to get surgery isn't like ordering dinner. So the directions to this clinic allowed me to get the surgery I needed from someone fluent in my language and made the rest of my trip so much more enjoyable.
The bottom line is, if you're going to Tuscany, you can trust the DK guides to take care of what you need!
Unfortunately, the coverage tends to be uneven. For instance, very little is said about the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, the museum that houses Michelangelo's second Pieta, Donatello's Mary Magdalene, and other significant sculpture by Donatello, della Robbia and others.
The listings of hotels and restaurants are limited, and for our purposes, were of little use. Better to use a current version of a guide dedicated to those subjects. Recommended: Time Out Shortlist Florence.
The best museum guides are the small inexpensive (about 8 euro) ones that are available at the major museums. These exist for the Academy, the Bargello, San Lorenzo, San Marco and the Museum of Archaeology. There is also an excellent, slightly larger guide to the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo that can be bought in their bookshop (You do not have to enter the museum to use the bookshop, which has a fine collection of books on Florence). We bought an entertaining and useful book there (Alta Mcadam's "Americans in Florence" [ISBN 88-09-013157-1]), which offers a series of walks with recommendations for sights restaurants, and hotels along the way. Unfortunately, it does not appear to be available in the U.S.Read more ›
The DK Eyewitness travel guide is firstly what it says it is - A Guide. It is there to help you with advice to resource you with useful information for your forth-coming travels. I have especially used these while travelling in Italy and always found it offers visitors a detailed guide for today.
These guides I would suggest are for the following - if you are combining a holiday with a spot of sightseeing, require a history element, maybe taking off and having your own little adventure, wish to par take in travelling in your own style by rented car, train or by bus this is the guide for you. I do not advise this pitcurticlar guidebook for backpackers or people travelling off the beaten track. Backpackers may require a bit more in-depth information.
Second quick checkpoint when purchasing an edition of this book, please check that you have the most recent and up to date version.
A necessary factor of any travel guide is to require the latest information most editions of these books are usually updated yearly. Although the 2005 edition would work very well for holiday makers this year, the latest edition 2006 will give you extra hotels listings, restaurants and improved maps with the layout of the book worked upon and updated.
This book is extremely well planned and laid out, even showing you how to use this book guide. Areas of Florence and Tuscany are all identified and nicely colour coded, It covers in each section History, Art, Architecture, Culture, as well as Churches, Landscapes, Museums, Shopping, Markets, Villages, Festivals, and great days out. It starts with an introduction to Florence and Tuscany through the year, followed by an understanding of Florence and Tuscany area by area.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
the DK series is pretty good...great pictures, loads of destination info and good illustrations for walking tours.Published 19 months ago by fusedglass
Lots of nice pictures but travel info very generic - if you're actually visiting the place you need a guide that is information rich, rather than 'visually' pleasing. Read morePublished 21 months ago by MWiernik
DK are the best travel book available! Don't waste your time with other guides, use the book that gives you the best, up-to-date information you can find! Read morePublished on March 12, 2014 by Mike Detti
I would recommend this to any traveler. There are maps and descriptions of places to visit. The content is beautiful.Published on October 16, 2013 by Sara Harvey Christensen
This is an Average 2 stars. I gave it 3 because it saved me time, and money when my other book was just plain dumb (Rick Steves guide), and not of practical use. Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by Saras G. Asnani
This is the kind of guide you need when preparing a trip; here's everything you need to know before arriving to Tuscany.
How do I go? Where can I stay? What should I see? Read more