Florence is the heart of Tuscany and is one of Italy's most visited cities. Here are recommended travel books and guides to help you get the most out of your visit to Florence. For what to see, read our Top Florence Sights and Attractions and if you're looking for where to stay, see Top Florence Center Hotels.
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National Geographic is a fairly comprehensive guidebook with more than 200 photos and maps. The book has detailed site descriptions, walking tours, visitor information, and insights into history, background, and culture. It covers Florence in depth and has about 100 pages on the rest of Tuscany.
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Eyewitness Travel guides have lots of photos and illustrations, including floor plans of top sights, and maps by area showing streets and top sights. Also included are listings for hotels, restaurants, and shops. Very comprehensive but can be a little heavy to carry around.
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Top 10 Travel guides contain many detailed lists of top ten things to do or see with maps, photos, and tips for the traveler. This book covers both Florence and popular spots in Tuscany. Books are small enough to carry around easily and it's also available for Kindle.
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This book, by popular travel writer Rick Steves, is small enough to carry around with you while you're visiting Florence.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Finding outstanding food and restaurants in Florence can be difficult. The Food Lover's Guide has gotten great recommendations from people who've used it. Emily Wise Miller takes you to restaurants, pizzerias, and wine bars where you'll eat like a local rather than a tourist as well as culinary excursions outside the city.
See our picks for Where to Eat Lunch in Florence |
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If you're looking to do some serious shopping in Florence, book is a good choice. It has 8 walks through Florence and includes more than 70 shops with descriptions and business hours. Small enough to carry around with you and it's also available for Kindle.
See also Where to Shop in Florence |
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Florence holds a huge amount of art and comprehensive guide books don't offer much detailed information about individual art works. This guide, also available for Kindle, focuses only on art and covers a large number of major works and includes historical background information. Also available on Kindle.
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Cafe life is something you will want to experience while in Florence. Joe Wolff visited cafes in Florence and gives you his recommendations. His book is more than just what cafes to visit; he goes into great detail about each cafe, its owner, history, and nearby sites to visit. Great black and white photos, too.
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If you're going to both Florence and Venice this is a good book. It covers hotels, restaurants, and sites by area in each of the cities.
10 of 11While this is not a guide book, it does make a good travel companion for walking around Florence. The detailed map shows major buildings, making it easy to orient yourself and it's laminated for durability.
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This inexpensive eBook has tips from locals and covers Florence and parts of Tuscany.