This unique guide to one of today's hottest tourist destinations combines fascinating articles by a wide variety of writers, woven throughout with the editor's own indispensable advice and opinions--providing in one package an unparalleled experience of an extraordinary place. nbsp; This edition on Tuscany and Umbria features: nbsp; ●nbsp;nbsp; Articles, interviews, recipes, and quotes from writers, visitors, residents, and experts on the region, including Frances Mayes, Mario Batali, Erica Jong, Barbara Ohrbach, Faith Willinger, and David Leavitt. nbsp; ●nbsp;nbsp; In-depth pieces about Florence and the hill towns of Tuscany and Umbria that illuminate the simple pleasures of local cuisine, the dazzling art treasures of the Uffizi, the civilized wilderness of Tuscan back roads, the many varieties of olive oil, the endearing quirks of the Italian character, and much more. nbsp; ●nbsp; Enticing recommendations for further reading, including novels, histories, memoirs, coookbooks, and guidebooks. nbsp; ●nbsp; An A-Z Miscellany of concise and entertaining information on everything from biscotti to Super-Tuscan wine, from the history of the Medicis to traveling with children. nbsp; ● Spotlights on unusual shops, restaurants, hotels, and experiences not to be missed. nbsp; ● More than a hundred black-and-white photographs and illustrations.