From the Etruscans to the Romans to the Renaissance, Tuscany may quite possibly be the greatest repository of art in the world. This vast Italian countryside is known the world over for its culture, romantic rolling hillsides, and vineyards, as well as its most most famous city, Florence. Few places in the world can rival Florence for its rich history and beauty. Visitors will be enchanted by its cathedrals, Renaissance architecture, and exquisite works of art including Michelangelo's famous statue, "David." Join National Geographic on a journey to this glorious destination, and experience La Dolce Vita for yourself.
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National Geographic brings a century of incomparable travel expertise to this extraordinary series of world tours. These information-packed guides offer savvy advice and the in-depth information that sophisticated travelers demand.
Each guide features detailed background and site descriptions, mapped walking and driving tours, and full-service sidebars with fascinating vignettes on history, culture, and contemporary life. There's also a 60-page directory of visitor information, including notable hotels and restaurants, entertainment, and shopping. And foldout end flaps, printed with maps and quick reference information, serve as handy bookmarks.