With its lyrical landscapes, world-class art and a superb cucina contadina (farmer’s kitchen), the Tuscan experience is perfectly in symbiosis with the land.
This region in central Italy is postcard material. Golden wheat fields, silver olive groves and pea-green vineyards marching in terraced rows on hillsides form a graceful prelude to soul-soaring medieval hilltop villages, mountain ranges and fecund forests in the north, and a garland of islands along the coastal south.
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This is a great little book crammed with info and very good for a break of a few days or 1 - 2 weeks. Possibly 4 stars is a bit mean. I only stopped short of 5 stars because (1) I like a detachable map for the evenings (though I accept others may like one that can't get lost) and there are a few useful bits of info missing - e.g. even if you buy your Uffizi tickets in advance you still need to queue to get in (it took us about 45 mins - so much for 'skip the line').
I just wish I'd read it a bit more thoroughly before I arrived in Florence.
Lonely planet travel guides are the best as far as I’m concerned. Yes you can find out most stuff on your phone these days but I just find the book to be far more convenient and helpful, especially for city trips and short breaks. Packed with lots of great tips and pictures, my wife and I have used these for several trips away and found them really useful in both the planning stage and the actual trip itself. The internet can be confusing sometimes and have too many opinions and adverts for the same thing whereas the lonely planet have a simplified way of helping you pick the things you need. Great guides to be used either on their own or as a supplement to the good old internet.
4.0 out of 5 starsIdeal for my use - nice pocket size for carrying about - provides an initial ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 May 2018
Ideal for my use - nice pocket size for carrying about - provides an initial place to start planning what places to add to must see listing - also useful advice about prebooking visits - general information good.