By Edward Chaney
Of all Italian cities, Florence has always had the strongest English accent: the Goncourt brothers in 1855 called it 'ville tout anglaise'. Though that accent is diminished now, Florence remains for the English-speaking traveller what it always has been - one of the best loved, and most visited, of cities.In this Traveller's Reader, Florence's rich and glorious past is brought vividly to life for the tourist of today through the medium of letters, diaries and memoirs of travellers to Florence from past centuries and of the Florentines themselves. The extracts chosen by cultural historain Edward Chaney include: Boccaccio on the Black Death; Vasari on the building of Giotto's Campanile; an eye-witness account of the installation of Michaelangelo's 'David'; the death of Elizabeth Barrett Browning at the Casa Guidi; and D. H. Lawrence and Dylan Thomas on twentieth-century Florentine society. Sir Harold Acton's introduction provides a concise history of the city from its origins, through its zenith as a prosperous city state which, under the Medici, gave birth to the Renaissance, and up to the Arno's devastating flood in 1966. Sir Harold Acton, man of letters, historian, aesthete, novelist and poet, spent most of his life in Florence. Among his best-known books is The Last Medici, Memoirs of an Aesthete.Currently Professor of Fine and Decorative Arts at Southampton Solent University, Edward Chaney is an honorary life member of the British Institute of Florence and taught at the University of Pisa for six years.
Moon Nashville (Third Edition)
By Margaret Littman
See the City with a Local!Move to the incomparable beat of Music City, and discover its unique culture, contagious energy, and delicious cuisine with Moon Nashville.Inside you'll find:* Flexible, strategic itineraries that can be adapted for your schedule, budget, and interests, including: "The Two-Day Best of Nashville," "Music City Without Moola," and "Foodie Weekend"* Expert, local insight from Nashvillian Margaret Littman* Full color, vibrant photos throughoutDetailed maps of each Nashville neighborhood* The top sights and unique activities: Visit the Grand Ole Opry, see the next big thing at Bluebird Café, and take a day trip to Graceland. Sample the absolute best authentic hot chicken, and explore Nashville's burgeoning farm-to-table scene. Head outside of the city for a day to visit historic landmarks or stroll the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee. Discover the best local honky tonk, shop for vintage records or a well-worn pair of cowboy boots, and pull up a barstool for a flight of classic Tennessee whiskies* Suggestions for day trips from Nashville, including Land Between the Lakes, Lynchburg, and Bell Buckle* Honest advice on when to go, where to stay, and how to get aroundWith Moon Nashville's expert tips, myriad activities, and local know-how, you can plan your trip your way.Hitting the road? Try Moon Blue Ridge Parkway Road Trip. If you're heading to more of the South's best cities, try Moon Memphis, Moon Atlanta, or Moon New Orleans.
Moon Blue Ridge Parkway Road Trip (Second Edition)
By Jason Frye
The Blue Ridge Parkway connects the green valleys of Shenandoah National Park to the Great Smoky Mountains. Drive America's most scenic highway with Moon Blue Ridge Parkway Road Trip. Inside you'll find:* Maps and Driving Tools: 29 easy-to-use maps keep you oriented on and off the highway, along with site-to-site mileage, driving times, and detailed directions for the entire route* Eat, Sleep, Stop and Explore:Listen to live bluegrass with a glass of local moonshine, drive past fields brimming with fireflies, and wander through American history. You'll know exactly what you want to do at each stop with lists of the best hikes, views, and more* Itineraries for Every Traveler: Drive the entire two-week route or follow strategic itineraries like "Music of the Blue Ridge," including suggestions for spending time in in Washington DC, Front Royal, Waynesboro, Roanoke, Galax, Asheville, Cherokee, and Knoxville* Local Expert: North Carolinian and mountaineer Jason Frye shares his love of the Great Smoky Mountains (and where to find the best barbecue!)* Planning Your Trip: Know when and where to get gas, how to avoid traffic, tips for driving in different road and weather conditions, and suggestions for LGBTQ travelers, seniors, and road trippers with kidsWith Moon Blue Ridge Parkway Road Trip's practical tips, detailed itineraries, and local insight, you're ready to fill up the tank and hit the road.Looking to explore more of America on wheels? Try Moon Nashville to New Orleans Road Trip! Doing more than driving through? Check out Moon Blue Ridge & Smoky Mountains or Moon North Carolina.
Moon 101 Great Hikes of the San Francisco Bay Area (Sixth Edition)
By Ann Marie Brown
Are you at home in the golden hills of Berkeley, or the lush redwood forests of Marin? Explore the paradise just outside your door with Moon 101 Great Hikes of the San Francisco Bay Area.Inside you'll find:* A Hike for Everyone: Hikes range from short, flat routes suitable for families to daylong, steep treks for more ambitious hikers, with options to extend or shorten the hikes. All hikes are rated for difficulty and marked for features such as dog-friendly or wheelchair accessible* Explore the Trails: Highlights like waterfalls, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, and wildflowers are noted on each hike* Maps and Directions: Explore with easy-to-use maps and point-by-point navigation for each trail, and including driving directions to each trailhead with GPS coordinates and public transit options when available* Top Hikes: Lists like "Best Redwood Forests," "Best Short Backpacking Trips," and "Best Bird-Watching" will help you choose where to hike in Napa, Sonoma, Marin, the East Bay, San Francisco, the Peninsula, and the South Bay* Trusted Advice: Anne Marie Brown shares the experience and knowledge she's gained from hiking, biking, and camping in and around the Bay Area more than 150 days a year* Tips and Tools: Find essentials like health, safety, and trail etiquette, background information on the landscape and history of the trails, and volunteer opportunities so you can help keep the trails as beautiful as you found themWhether you're a veteran or a first-time hiker, Moon's comprehensive coverage and trusted advice will have you ready to lace up your hiking boots and head out on your next adventure.Looking for trails beyond the Bay Area? Try Moon Northern California Hiking or Moon California Hiking. Ready for an overnight outdoor adventure? Check out Moon Northern California Camping or Moon California Camping.
Moon Tucson (Second Edition)
By Tim Hull
See Tucson with a Local!Experience the laid-back atmosphere and vibrant culture of this artsy desert enclave with Tucson local Tim Hull.What you'll find in Moon Tucson:Strategic, flexible itineraries that can be adapted for your schedule, including: "The Best of Old Pueblo in Three Days," "Sonoran Desert Adventures," "Midtown Biking," and "Southwest Style"Full-color, vibrant photos and detailed maps Honest advice on when to go, where to stay, how to get there, and how to get aroundThe top sights and unique activities: Visit remnants of ancient cultures, or explore vestiges of the Old West's legendary conquistadores, cowboys, and outlaws. Browse galleries of Pueblo art, hit an eclectic fusion restaurant, and shop for one-of-a-kind Native American crafts. Find the best resorts for golfing or a spa day, taste phenomenal Mexican food, and discover the top spots to sample the local nightlifeDetailed coverage of restaurants, shops, and nightlifeExpert insight from Tucson local Tim HullSuggestions for excursions outside of the city, including Kartchner Caverns and the Huachuca Mountains, Bisbee and Tombstone, the Border Region, and Willcox and the Chiricahua Mountains Thorough information, including background on the landscape, plants and animals, climate, and local cultureWith Moon Tucson's curated advice, myriad activities, and local insight, you can experience the city your way.
Moon British Columbia (Eleventh Edition)
By Andrew Hempstead
British Columbia is filled with shining rivers, vibrant cities, and temperate rainforests. Experience the best of this beautiful province with Moon British Columbia.* Strategic itineraries in an easy-to-navigate format, such as "The Best of British Columbia," "The Best of Vancouver & Victoria," "Okanagan Wine Tasting," "Top Ski Resorts," and "Family Fun"* Curated advice from local author Andrew Hempstead* Vibrant, helpful photos* Detailed maps and directions for exploring on your own* Activities and ideas for every traveler:Try to spot bears, moose, and elk on a hike through the verdant wilderness, or go whale-watching on the Pacific. Learn about the First Nations tribes' colorful totem poles and sample indigenous foods. Kayak through icy fjords, ski Whistler's world-class slopes, or admire the colonial architecture of British Columbia's great cities* Background information on the landscape, culture, history, and environment* Essential insight for travelers on recreation, transportation, and accommodations, packaged in a book slim enough to fit in your daypack* In-depth coverage of Vancouver, Victoria and Vancouver Island, The Sunshine Coast, Sea to Sky Highway, Whistler, Gold Nugget Route, the Okanagan Valley, the Kootenays, the Canadian Rockies, Glacier National Park, Revelstoke, Kamloops, Mount Robson, Cariboo Country, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Haida Gwaii, Stewart-Cassar Highway, Alaska Highway, and The YukonWith Moon British Columbia's practical tips, myriad activities, and an insider's view on the best things to do and see, you can plan your trip your way.Expanding your trip? Try Moon Vancouver & Canadian Rockies Road Trip. Craving more of Canada's incredible wilderness? Check out Moon Banff National Park.
Rick Steves Best of Ireland (Second Edition)
By Pat O'Connor, Rick Steves
Hit Ireland's can't-miss sights, bites, and history in two weeks or less with Rick Steves Best of Ireland!* Expert advice from Rick Steves on what's worth your time and money* Two-day itineraries covering Dublin, Kilkenny, Kinsale, Kenmare and the Ring of Kerry, Dingle Town and Peninsula, County Clare, Galway, Aran Islands, Belfast, Portrush and the Antrim Coast* Over 50 full-color maps and vibrant photosRick's tips for beating the crowds, skipping lines, and avoiding tourist traps* The best of local culture, flavors, and haunts, including walks through the most interesting neighborhoods and museums* Trip planning strategies like how to link destinations and design your itinerary, what to pack, where to stay, and how to get around* Suggestions for side trips to Valley of the Boyne, Wicklow Mountains, Rock of Cashel, Cobh, Blarney Castle, Connemara and Mayo, Bangor, and DerryExperience Ireland's legendary warmth and beauty for yourself with Rick Steves Best of Ireland!Planning a longer trip? Rick Steves Ireland 2018 is the classic, in-depth guide to exploring the country, updated annually.
By George Motz
The classic guide to America's greatest hamburger eateries returns in a completely updated third edition--featuring 200 establishments where you can find the perfect regional burger and reclaim a precious slice of Americana. America's foremost hamburger expert George Motz has been back on the road to completely update and expand his classic book, spotlighting the nation's best roadside stands, nostalgic diners, mom-n-pop shops, and college town favorites--capturing their rich histories and one-of-a-kind taste experiences. Whether you're an armchair traveler, a serious connoisseur, or a curious adventurer, Hamburger America will inspire you to get on the road and get back to food that's even more American than apple pie."A wonderful book. When you travel across the United States, take this guide along with you." -- Martha Stewart"A fine overview of the best practitioners of the burger sciences." -- Anthony Bourdain"Just looking at this book makes me hungry, and reading George's stories will take you on the ultimate American road trip."-- Michael Bloomberg"George Motz is the Indiana Jones of hamburger archeology."--David Page, creator of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives
Moon Florida (Second Edition)
By Jason Ferguson
Discover Florida with Moon Travel Guides!From Pensacola and the Panhandle, to Miami beaches and mingling with Mickey, Moon Florida reveals the best of the Sunshine State.Inside you'll find:* Unique and strategic itineraries for every timeline, budget, and passion, including: "Florida Architecture," "Old Florida: Glimpses of the Past," "Snorkeling, Sponges, and Sea Cows," 'Best Beaches," and "The Weird and Wonderful"* Full color photos and dozens of helpful, detailed maps throughout* Expert insight from native Floridian Jason Ferguson* Honest advice on when to go, where to stay, and how to get around* Activities and ideas: Relax on miles of white-sand beaches and watch the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean, or indulge in hours of fun at Orlando's famous theme parks. Make your way through "Alligator Alley," spend a day exploring the Everglades, or discover the best spots for snorkeling and diving. Get to know the bustling nightlife of Miami, wander the charming galleries and historic sites of Coconut Grove, or explore the Cuban American community of Little Havana* Focused coverage of Miami, South Florida, the Florida Keys, the South Gulf Coast, the Tampa Bay Area, Disney World and Orlando's theme parks, Metro Orlando and Central Florida, the North Atlantic Coast, and Northern Florida and the Panhandle* Detailed, thorough informationincluding background on the landscape, climate, wildlife, and local cultureWith Moon Florida's expert advice, myriad activities, and local insight on the best things to do and see, you can plan your trip your way.Hitting the road? Try Moon Florida Road Trip. Sticking to one area? Check out Moon Sarasota & Naples or Moon Florida Gulf Coast.
By Scott Smith
Whether you're an adventure junkie, road-tripper, or card shark, Nevada has something for you. Make it the perfect trip with Moon Nevada.Inside you'll find:* The best road trips through Nevada, from 3 days on "the loneliest road in America," to a week covering Death Valley and the Extraterrestrial Highway, with detailed information on travel times, distances, and directions* Full-color photos and detailed maps throughout* The top sights and unique activities for all travel styles:Explore caves and glaciers at Great Basin National Park, or go fishing, swimming, or boating on Lake Tahoe or Lake Mead. Marvel at the engineering of the Hoover Dam, camp out at a secluded alpine lake, or find the best spots for a day hike. Schedule your visit during one of the major festivals that frequent Nevada (Burning Man, Art Town Reno, or the National Rodeo Finals), or shop for local turquoise trinkets. Try your hand at a slot machine, and get a taste of the world-renowned Las Vegas nightlife* Focused coverage of Reno, Las Vegas, Death Valley, Tahoe, Central Nevada, Elko, the Ruby Mountains, and more* Honest advice on where to stay, when to go, and how to get around* Expert tips from long-time Nevada local Scott Smith* Thorough information, including background on the landscape, plants and animals, climate, and local cultureWith Moon Nevada's practical tips, myriad activities, and local insight, you can plan your trip your way.Spending more time at the lake? Try Moon Tahoe. Headed to the parks? Try Moon Yosemite National Park or Moon Death Valley National Park.
Rick Steves Snapshot Scottish Highlands (First Edition)
By Rick Steves, Cameron Hewitt
You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in the Scottish Highlands.In this compact guide, Rick Steves covers the essential spots of the region, including Loch Ness, Balmoral Castle, and Inverness. Follow the Speyside Whisky trail, cut through the Cairngorms, spot kelpies in Falkirk, and admire Loch Lomond. You'll get Rick's firsthand advice on the best sights, eating, sleeping, and nightlife, and the maps and self-guided tours will ensure you make the most of your experience. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves Snapshot guide is a tour guide in your pocket.Rick Steves Snapshot guides consist of excerpted chapters from Rick Steves European country guidebooks. Snapshot guides are a great choice for travelers visiting a specific city or region, rather than multiple European destinations. These slim guides offer all of Rick's up-to-date advice on what sights are worth your time and money. They include good-value hotel and restaurant recommendations, with no introductory information (such as overall trip planning, when to go, and travel practicalities).
Moon Reykjavik (Second Edition)
By Jenna Gottlieb
With world-class modern art and architecture, top-notch restaurants, and pulsing nightlife, little Reykjavík makes a big impression. Travel to the heart of Iceland with Moon Reykjavík.* Strategic itineraries including three days in Reykjavík and day trips to Mount Esja and the Blue Lagoon* Full-color guidebook with vibrant, helpful photos* Detailed maps and directions* Activities and ideas for every traveler: Trek to lava caves, geothermal pools, and waterfalls on the Golden Circle tour. See incredible collections of Icelandic art (both ancient and modern), then snag a reservation at a trendy restaurant for the freshest catch. After dark, explore the best dance clubs, live music venues, and pubs in Reykjavík. Admire the city's incredible architecture and unique Icelandic design in local shops, or see if you can spot minke whales, orcas, humpbacks, or even blue whales on a whale watching tour* Curated advice from expat Jenna Gottlieb, who shares the parts of this chic city that inspired her to pack her bags and move to Iceland* Essential insight on the landscape, culture, and history, as well as resources like an Icelandic phrasebook, all packaged in a book slim enough to fit in your carry-onWith Moon Reykjavík's practical tips, myriad activities, and an insider's view on the best things to do and see, you can plan your trip your way.Expanding your trip? Try Moon Iceland. Exploring Europe? Check out Moon Ireland orMoon Rome, Florence & Venice.
Rick Steves Pocket Florence (Third Edition)
By Gene Openshaw, Rick Steves
Rick Steves Pocket guidebooks truly are a tour guide in your pocket. This colorful compact guidebook includes Rick's advice for prioritizing your time, whether you're spending 1 or 7 days in Florence. Everything a busy traveler needs is easy to access: a neighborhood overview, city walks and tours, sights, handy food and accommodations charts, an appendix packed with information on trip planning and practicalities, and a fold-out city map.Rick Steves' Pocket Florence includes the following walks and tours:* Renaissance Walk* Accademia Tour: Michelangelo's David* Uffizi Gallery Tour* Bargello Tour* Duomo Museum Tour