E-edition of the Blue Guide Tuscany. More than just a guide to Florence and Siena, Blue Guide Tuscany has in-depth coverage of the whole region, exploring art, architecture, landscape, history, wine and food.
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I visit Italy mainly to observe great art and architecture and to learn some fascinating history. (The food in general and gelato in particular are not bad either.) This is one of three guidebooks I took on a recent 14-day tour of Tuscany and Umbria. (The others were Michelin Tuscany and Rough Buide Tuscany & Umbria.) This time I had a rental car and focused on mid-sized and smaller towns.
If you're also traveling for the art, architecture, and history, I strongly recommend that you take this book along. It is the most detailed tour guide I know of in terms of both the number of sites it includes and in the amount it says of each site. The author, Alta Macadam, seems to be very knowledgeable and is a perceptive observer. She tells the serious traveler what he/she wants to know in some depth.
That said, I don't recommend this book as your only tour guide or even your primary tour guide. You would find yourself visiting too many relatively minor sites...
If you want a guidebook that will give you a more academic background on the sites you are seeing, this is the book for you. As a person with an art history and archaeology background, I greatly appreciated the academic focus of this guidebook
the best guides for arts/culture. the only downside is that they are rather heavy. I wish blue guide sold pdf versions.
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