Synopses & Reviews
You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling through Florence and Tuscany. With the self-guided tours in this book, youll discover the geographic heart of Italy. Take the Renaissance Walk and tour the Uffizi Gallery to learn how Florence taught civilized living to the rest of Europe. Wander through the medieval city of Siena and find out what Pisa has to offer beyond the Leaning Tower. Relax in sunny Tuscan hill towns where youll enjoy full-bodied wine, the worlds best gelato, and the company of friendly locals. Ricks candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants. Youll learn how to get around by train, bus, or rental car and get up-to-date advice on whats worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.
About the Author
Rick Steves is on a mission: to help make European travel accessible and meaningful for Americans. He gives travelers inside information on where to stay, what to visit, and how to get thereeconomically and hassle-free. With Rick as their guide, travelers can delve into European culture, make friends with the locals, and experience everything Europe has to offer.
Rick has spent 100 days every year since 1973 exploring Europe. His travelers library of over 50 best-selling books and videos have sold more than two million copies and his award-winning television series, Rick Steves Europe, is now in its seventh season. He also organizes and leads tours of Europe and offers an information-packed website. Rick lives in Edmonds, WA, just north of Seattle, with his family.
Gene Openshaw is a writer, composer, tour guide, and lecturer on art and history. Specializing in writing walking tours of Europe's cultural sights, Gene has co-authored eight of Rick's books and contributes to Rick's public television series. As a composer, Gene has written a full-length opera (Matter), a violin sonata, and dozens of songs. He lives near Seattle with his daughter, and roots for the Mariners in good times and bad.