Ready to experience Florence and Tuscany? The experts at Fodor´s are here to help. Fodor´s Florence & Tuscany travel guide is packed with customizable itineraries with top recommendations, detailed maps of Florence and Tuscany, and exclusive tips from locals. Whether you want to climb to the top the Duomo in Florence, see original Renaissance art masterpieces in the Uffizi, or sample wine in a Tuscan vineyard, this user-friendly guidebook will help you plan it all out. Our local writers vet every recommendation to ensure that you not only make the most of your time, but that you also have all the most up-to-date and essential information you need to plan the perfect trip. This new edition has been FULLY-REDESIGNED with a new layout and beautiful images for more intuitive travel planning! Fodor´s Florence & Tuscany includes: ¿ AN ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE GUIDE that visually captures the top highlights of Florence and Tuscany. ¿ SPECTACULAR COLOR PHOTOS AND FEATURES throughout, including special features on Tuscan food, the Duomo in Florence, and Renaissance art. ¿ INSPIRATIONAL ´´BEST OF´´ LISTS identify the best things to see, do, eat, drink, and more. ¿ MULTIPLE ITINERARIES for various trip lengths help you maximize your time. ¿ MORE THAN 25 DETAILED MAPS help you plot your itinerary and navigate confidently. ¿ EXPERT RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS offer options for every taste. ¿ TRIP PLANNING TOOLS AND PRACTICAL TIPS include: guides to getting around, saving money and time, beating the crowds; basic Italian phrases; and a calendar of festivals and events. ¿ LOCAL INSIDER ADVICE tells you where to find under-the-radar gems, along with the best walking tours. ¿ HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL OVERVIEWS add perspective and enrich your travels. ¿ SPECIAL ILLUSTRATED FEATURES providing a crash-course on Italian cuisine and who´s who in Renaissance art. ¿ COVERS: The Florence Duomo, Chianti, Pisa, Lucca, Siena, Umbria and the Marches, the Galleria degli Uffizi, Southern Tuscany, and more. ABOUT FODOR´S AUTHORS: Each Fodor´s Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts. Fodor´s has been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for over 80 years. Planning on visiting the rest of Italy? Check out Fodor´s Essential Italy; Fodor´s the Best of Italy; Fodor´s Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Naples; and Fodor´s Rome.
Discover Florence and Tuscany with this essential travel guide, designed to help you create your own unique trip and to transport you to this beautiful region before you´ve even packed your case - visit Michelangelo´s David at the Galleria dell´Accademia, marvel at Siena´s tiger-striped Duomo, or enjoy superb food and wine in the villages and estates of Chianti. The DK Eyewitness Guide to Florence and Tuscany covers the must-see sights and the hidden backstreets, so you won´t miss a thing. - Gorgeous, all-new colour photography so you can imagine yourself there - Reasons to love Florence and Tuscany: Renaissance art, picture-perfect towns, mouth-watering food and drink - what will yours be? - See Florence and Tuscany from a different angle - 26 pages of fresh ideas for exploring this spectacular region - A year-long calendar of events in Florence and Tuscany gives a selection of local celebrations and festivals for all seasons - Expert advice covers the practical stuff: get ready, get around and stay safe - Detailed, colour maps help you navigate the country with ease - Expert tips to make memories that last - where to snap and share the perfect photo, take in stunning views and escape the crowds - The most authentic places to stay, eat, drink and shop - Easy-to-follow walks and itineraries take you on a tour of each area, with plenty of eat and drink stops en route - Hand-drawn illustrations show the inside of the must-see attractions, including Florence´s Duomo, Santa Maria Novella and the Leaning Tower of Pisa - Covers Florence: Around the Duomo, Around Santa Croce, Around San Lorenzo, Oltrarno; North East Tuscany; Central Tuscany; South East Tuscany; North West Tuscany; South West Tuscany DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Florence and Tuscany is a detailed, easy-to-use guide designed to help you create your own unique trip. Or a shorter trip? Try our DK Eyewitness Top 10 Florence and Tuscany About DK Eyewitness Travel: For 25 years, DK´s beautifully practical Eyewitness guides have been combining inspiring ideas and expert advice with easy-to-read maps and vivid photography to inform and enrich your holiday. Now they have a stunning new look that you will love even more. DK is the world´s leading illustrated reference publisher, producing beautifully designed books for adults and children in over 120 countries.
Zauberhafte, historisch und kunstgeschichtlich interessante Städte, sanfte hügelige Landschaften mit Feldsteindörfern, die Villen der Medici, Weinberge, Olivenhaine, Zypressen, Pinienwälder, Steinpilze, Wildschweine, die hellen Chianina-Rinder, Schafherden. köstliche kulinarische Spezialitäten, stilvolle Pasticcerien, leckere Restaurants, trubelige Bars. Museen und Kathedralen, Strände und Skigebiete. Die Toskana ist ein Traum. In manchen Restaurants können Sie die Toskana förmlich schmecken, denn das Geheimnis der guten toskanischen Küche besteht darin, regionale, frische Produkte zu verwenden. Die Karte wechselt mit den Jahreszeiten, wodurch Sie sehr intensive Aromen zu den weltberühmten Weinen genießen können. Berühmt wurde die Toskana als ´´Wiege der Renaissance´´. Die Welt verändernde Künstler, Architekten, Musiker, Denker und Schriftsteller wirkten hier. Für Kunstliebhaber ist sie ein Schatzkästchen. Bevor die größeren Städte wie Florenz, Siena, Lucca, Pisa, Arezzo und Pistoia im Mittelalter unabhängig und bekannt wurden, gehörte die Toskana erst zu den Etruskern und dann zum Römischen Reich. Kaum eine Gegend ist so mit Sehnsüchten und Mythen aufgeladen wie die Toskana. Eine betörende Region, die vor allem vom Tourismus lebt. Daneben gibt es Weinbau, Olivenöl, Kunsthandwerk sowie Handel und Industrie. In Lucca und an der Küste, in Siena und der Crete, im Chianti und in Florenz zeigen wir Ihnen bezaubernde Orte zum Übernachten, Essen und spannende Aktionen, damit Sie Ihre Tage in der Toskana voll ausschöpfen können.
A painter and architect in his own right, Giorgio Vasari (1511-74) achieved immortality for this book on the lives of his fellow Renaissance artists, first published in Florence in 1550. Although he based his work on a long tradition of biographical writing, Vasari infused these literary portraits with a decidedly modern form of critical judgment. The result is a work that remains to this day the cornerstone of art historical scholarship. Spanning the period from the thirteenth century to Vasari´s own time, the Lives opens a window on the greatest personalities of the period, including Giotto, Brunelleschi, Mantegna, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Titian. This Modern Library edition, abridged from the original text with notes drawn from earlier commentaries, as well as current research, reminds us why The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects is indispensable to any student interested in Renaissance art.
It is the dawn of a new world. Henry Tudor has vanquished Richard III and claimed the throne of England, taking possession of a secret map. At the glittering court of the Medici in Florence, Lorenzo the Magnificent, ruler of the republic and head of the mysterious Academy, is engaged in a dangerous game of power with the Vatican. In Spain, the Catholic Monarchs, Isabella and Ferdinand, have declared a crusade against Islam, forcing the Moors from Granada. Europe stands upon the brink of war, at the edge of a discovery that will change everything. Jack Wynter is clinging to the wreckage of the life he dreamed of living, his father´s execution by Richard III destroying his hope of overcoming his status as an illegitimate son. The map entrusted to him by his father is gone, stolen by his hated half-brother, Harry Vaughan. Outlawed by Tudor, all Jack can do is follow his father´s last words - and seek out the man who has answers to his past that will determine his future, Lorenzo de´ Medici. But in the serpentine politics and renaissance splendour of Florence, he finds only danger. Lorenzo may have trusted Jack´s father, but he is now surrounded by threats and conspiracies on all sides - not least from the rising power in the city known as the Court of Wolves. Harry, meanwhile, heads to the Spanish court on a covert mission for Tudor, who intends to deflect Queen Isabella´s interest in developing a trade route west with a sailor named Columbus. Once again, Jack must risk all to prove himself, while his sworn enemy, Harry, finds himself fighting through Spain, seeking all the time to ingratiate himself with Tudor, and bring his brother down.
´Seek and ye shall find.´ With these words echoing in his head, eminent Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon awakes in a hospital bed with no recollection of where he is or how he got there. Nor can he explain the origin of the macabre object that is found hidden in his belongings. A threat to his life will propel him and a young doctor, Sienna Brooks, into a breakneck chase across the city of Florence. Only Langdon´s knowledge of hidden passageways and ancient secrets that lie behind its historic facade can save them from the clutches of their unknown pursuers. With only a few lines from Dante´s dark and epic masterpiece, The Inferno, to guide them, they must decipher a sequence of codes buried deep within some of the most celebrated artefacts of the Renaissance - sculptures, paintings, buildings - to find the answers to a puzzle which may, or may not, help them save the world from a terrifying threat. Set against an extraordinary landscape inspired by one of history´s most ominous literary classics, Inferno is Dan Brown´s most compelling and thought-provoking novel yet, a breathless race-against-time thriller that will grab you from page one and not let you go until you close the book.
An eye-opening narrative of how geometric principles fundamentally shaped our world On a cloudy day in 1413, a balding young man stood at the entrance to the Cathedral of Florence, facing the ancient Baptistery across the piazza. As puzzled passers-by looked on, he raised a small painting to his face, then held a mirror in front of the painting. Few at the time understood what he was up to; even he barely had an inkling of what was at stake. But on that day, the master craftsman and engineer Filippo Brunelleschi would prove that the world and everything within it was governed by the ancient science of geometry. In Proof! , the award-winning historian Amir Alexander traces the path of the geometrical vision of the world as it coursed its way from the Renaissance to the present, shaping our societies, our politics, and our ideals. Geometry came to stand for a fixed and unchallengeable universal order, and kings, empire-builders, and even republican revolutionaries would rush to cast their rule as the apex of the geometrical universe. For who could doubt the right of a ruler or the legitimacy of a government that drew its power from the immutable principles of Euclidean geometry? From the elegant terraces of Versailles to the broad avenues of Washington, DC and on to the boulevards of New Delhi and Manila, the geometrical vision was carved into the landscape of modernity. Euclid, Alexander shows, made the world as we know it possible.