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Florence is Europe's cultural capital, with more artistic masterpieces per square kilometer than anyplace else. In a single day, you could look Michelangelo's David in the eyes, fall under the seductive sway of Botticelli's Birth of Venus, and climb the modern world's first dome, which still dominates the skyline. But why stop there? The nearby cities of Siena, Lucca and Pisa offer a wealth of history, art and mouth-watering cuisine — all on a pedestrian-friendly scale. And with its manicured hills, rustic farms, wine-soaked villages and "slow food" specialties — the Tuscan hill country offers the ideal rural getaway for museum-overdosed travelers.
In Rick Steves' Florence & Tuscany, you'll find in-depth Rick-tested information on trip planning, the top sights, hotels, restaurants, tourist offices, transportation, staying connected (phones and internet), weather, festivals and holidays, plus survival phrases, easy-to-follow maps, and great self-guided neighborhood walks and museum tours.
- Florence: Renaissance walking tour, Accademia tour, Uffizi Gallery tour, Bargello tour, Museum of San Marco tour, Duomo Museum tour, Palazzo Vecchio tour, Medici Chapels tour, Medici-Riccardi Palace tour, Santa Maria Novella tour, Santa Croce tour, Oltrarno walk, Brancacci Chapel tour, Pitti Palace tour, Galileo Science Museum tour
- Siena: Duomo tour, Duomo Museum tour, Civic Museum tour
- Pisa: Self-guided walk, Tower tour, Duomo tour, Field of Miracles tour
- Lucca: Rampart bike tour, Roman amphitheater
- Tuscan Hill Towns: San Gimignano, Volterra, Montalcino, Pienza, Montepulciano and Cortona
- More: Florentine history, transportation connections, shopping, nightlife, sightseeing with children
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- 2014 Edition, August 2013. Next Edition: September 2014.