Tuscany, Umbria and the Marches

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New Holland Publishers, 2007 - Travel - 672 pages
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Now fully redesigned, this new edition of a Cadogan bestsellercontains the most up-to-the-minute practical information and listings, along with color photographs and maps. Holidaymakers have traveled to Tuscany and Umbria for centuries, and visitor figures continue to rise. Italy experts Facaros and Pauls uncover Tuscany’s lavish natural beauty and some of the most enchanting landscapes in Europe. The three regions’ combination of sheer beauty, wealth and dastardly doings fired some of the greatest art and literature in the West, by the likes of Dante, Leonardo, Botticelli and a hundred more. The guide discovers Tuscany, delving into the dense concentration of art that spills out of Florence into Pisa, Lucca, and Arezzo; absorbing the energy of Siena’s frenzied Palio; and taking in the sumptuous vineyards of Chianti. It explores the medieval hill towns of green Umbria – historic Perugia over the Tiber Valley, the newly restored monuments and architecture of Assisi, and the famous cathedral of Orvieto. Finally, the unspoiled landscape of the civilized Marches is covered. The region is fast gaining popularity as an alternative to Tuscany and Umbria; unlike other guides, Cadogan explores its bustling, sparkly seaside resort of Rimini. Cadogan not only brings this well-known and popular part of Italy to life, but also puts a new slant on the Leaning Tower and digs up some surprising secret gardens along the way.

  

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Contents

History and
20
Topics
37
Food and Drink
49
PlanningYourTrip
57
When to Go
58
Getting Around
65
Practical AZ
71
Practical
72
Siena
321
of Siena
351
Volterra
361
Massa Marittima
368
Montalcino and Around
375
Montepulciano
381
Chiusi and Around
387
Arezzo and
395

Time
78
Florence
79
Dantes Florence
129
Santa Maria Novella
137
San Marco
144
South of Piazza Santissima
150
North Bank Attractions
158
A City with a View
185
Settignano
191
Chianti
199
TheValdarno
219
South of Empoli
225
Bisenzio
235
The Mountains of Pistoia
244
Luccathe Garfagnana
251
The Tuscan Coast
271
Pisa
281
The Livorno Coast
294
The Tuscan Islands
300
South of Piombino
309
Monte Argentario
315
Perugia Lake
423
Northern Umbria
471
The Valle Umbra
491
Chapter Divisions 7
502
Spoleto
508
The Tiber Valley
519
TheValnerina
549
the Mountains
564
Northern Marches
581
Urbino
587
South of Urbino
598
Valle dellEsino
605
Ancona
612
Southern Marches
620
Province of Macerata
626
Around Fermo
634
Ascoli Piceno
642
West Towards Umbria
648
Further Reading
656
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About the author (2007)

Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls are passionate about Europe and have written over 30 books for Cadogan, including 20 in the Italy series. They have lived all over Europe, including a number of years spent in Umbria.


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