Let Secret Florence guide you around the unusual and unfamiliar. Step off the beaten track with this fascinating Florence guide book and let local experts show you the well-hidden treasures of an amazing city. Ideal for local inhabitants and curious travellers alike. The places included in these Secret guides are unusual and unfamiliar, allowing one to step off the beaten track. Now in it's fourth edition, Secret Florence features 150 secret and unusual locations.
Visit a church in a prison, learn how Florence became the centre of hermetism during the Renaissance and where you can still find traces of it today, escape from the crowds of tourists to visit little-known artistic masterpieces, head off to hunt for the 34 plaques displaying quotes from the “Divine Comedy”, fill up your tank at a vintage service station, have your children count the number of bees sculpted on the monument to the glory of Ferdinand I, look for the last wine distributors of the Renaissance, notice the minuscule windows designed to let children look out quietly onto the street, visit superb private gardens that even the Florentines don’t know about, learn how the purple colour of the Fiorentina football team is connected to the pee of a Florentine crusader in Palestine …
Far from the crowds and usual clichés, Florence holds many well-hidden treasures that are revealed only to the city’s inhabitants or travellers who know how to step off the beaten track.
An essential guide for those who think they know Florence well or for those looking to discover the hidden side of the city.
Niccolò Rinaldi, born in Florence in 1962, was the UN representative for information in Afghanistan, adjunct secretary general, European parliament deputy, and elected in the Central Italian Collegiate (which includes Florence). He has written travel books and corresponding works on central Asia, Africa, and Florentine travellers.