Insight Regional Guide Tuscany offers a uniquely comprehensive approach to getting the most out of one of Europe’s most alluring destinations. Engaging and inspirational History and Culture chapters explain the region’s intriguing past as the birthplace of the Renaissance, and the factors influencing its future from the ancient Etruscans, through to the Medici and the intense period of artistic expression, to the impact of both Italian Unification on Florence and ever-increasing tourist numbers. Renaissance art, architectural treasures, local cuisine and the landscape of the region are fully explored so that visitors can gain a sense of how Tuscany’s distinctive character and culture has been shaped. The Places chapters cover Florence and the surrounding towns and countryside in detail to help with planning a trip. Full-color photographs throughout illustrate the beauty of Tuscany more than any other guide on the market and give a true flavor of Tuscan life today. Detailed maps help visitors get around the different areas, with all major sites cross-referenced with the text, and a pull-out touring map gives 9 great drives around the region. The Travel Tips offer selective advice on where to stay and eat.
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