Completely revised and updated for the first time since 1982, this classic guide to Florence will prove to visitors once again that most of this great city’s art is not in her world-famous museums, but in her streets. The four intimate walking tours here lead readers through centuries of history, gossip, and architecture. 35 photos; 5 maps.
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Preview of Sharon1306′s blog at TravelPod. Read the full blog here: www.travelpod.com This blog preview was made by TravelPod using the TripAdvisor™ TripWow slideshow creator. Entry from: Venice, Italy Entry Title: “Of secret itineraries and ghost walks…” Entry: “16.Of secret itineraries and ghost walks… Day 14. September 21th. Wednesday. Our first full day in Venice! We hurry down for breakfast in the small, cramped breakfast room and find fake toast and packaged croissants with coffee (for me) and hot chocolate (for Godwin). Then we rush through the almost-familiar narrow streets to the pink-and-white marble Gothic-Renaissance Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) for our 9am secret itineraries (itinerari segreti) tour. There is huge line-up already, and I’m not sure where we’re supposed to go with our prepaid tickets and there is some confusion until one of the guards points us in the right direction. There are few people in front of us when we finally get to the right ticket window and show our reservations. We are then asked to wait for our guide inside the inner courtyard with a couple of other people. Courtyard of the Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace) I take a few pictures, and exactly on time, a petite Italian lady wearing a badge arrives and the tour begins. It is very interesting, our guide is very knowledgeable, and its fascinating learning about Venice’s thousand year republic with democratic principles and about the doges (dukes elected for life) who ruled Venice …
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