By Lise Apatoff
Store and devour like a Florentine with this pocket-sized consultant to the simplest of the outstanding Tuscan urban recognized for its paintings, tradition, and food. Celebrated photo dressmaker and self-described Italophile Louise Fili, with gourmet of all issues Lisa Apatoff, takes you on 8 walks via Florence, discussing greater than seventy of the city's such a lot attractive shops—some run by means of an analogous households for generations, others delivering younger marketers' clean interpretations of conventional techniques.
Discerning tourists will notice infrequent books and fascinating hats; classic Pucci and home made footwear; cioccolata da bere (drinkable chocolate); colourful buttons; and bolts of wealthy silk textile during this spell binding creation to makers and purveyors of garments, domestic decor, add-ons, distinctiveness meals, and masses extra. for every store, there's a full-color picture, description of specialties, and data on position and hours of operation.
By Donna Leon
"Brunetti is a surprise: shrewdpermanent, cultured, and devoted to his work." --The Washington Post
Commissario Guido Brunetti longs to flee the crowds of visitors and oppressive warmth of Venice in August. yet prior to he can subscribe to his relatives on vacation within the mountains, a folder containing court docket files lands on his table. An outdated good friend suspects a sinister intent in the back of an area court's infamous inefficiency. in the meantime, Brunetti's colleague, Inspector Lorenzo Vianello, is anxious approximately his aunt's surprising- and expensive-interest in astrology and enlists the commissario's aid. simply while it kind of feels Brunetti should be capable of make his getaway, a brutal crime shocks town and he forces himself to shake off the warmth and get right down to paintings.
By Alison Bing
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Lucrezia Borgia is likely one of the so much vilified figures in sleek historical past. The daughter of a infamous pope, she used to be two times betrothed ahead of the age of 11 and three times married—one husband used to be pressured to claim himself impotent and thereby undeserving and one other used to be murdered via Lucrezia’s personal brother, Cesar Borgia. She is forged within the function of murderess, temptress, incestuous lover, unfastened girl, femme fatale par excellence.
But there's constantly a couple of model of a story.
Lucrezia Borgia is the single lady in background to function the top of the Catholic Church. She effectively administered a number of of the Renaissance Italy’s such a lot thriving towns, based one of many world’s first credits unions, and used to be a beneficiant client of the humanities. She used to be mom to a prince and to a cardinal. She was once a loyal spouse to the Prince of Ferrara, and the sweetheart of the poet Pietro Bembo. She was once a toddler of the renaissance and in lots of methods the world’s first sleek woman.
Dario Fo, Nobel laureate and certainly one of Italy’s such a lot liked writers, finds Lucrezia’s humanity, her ardour for all times, her compassion for others, and her ability at navigating round her family’s evildoings. The Borgias are unrivalled for the variety and importance in their political machinations and opportunism. Fo’s brilliance rests in his rendering their tale as a stunning replicate photograph of the makes use of and abuses of energy in our personal time. Lucrezia herself turns into a version for the way to outlive and upward thrust above these abuses.
By Italo Calvino
By Donna Leon
Brett, an American who spearheaded a contemporary exhibition of chinese language pottery in Venice, lives together with her lover, Flavia Petrelli, the reigning diva of l. a. Scala. together with his open brain and stable feel, Brunetti reveals himself extra fazed by means of Flavia's breathtaking expertise than by way of the nontraditional courting among the 2 ladies. Brunetti's planned and humane research to discover a reason for Brett's beating takes him to darkish, rainy corners of Venice and right into a sinister internet of artwork robbery, fakery and base human desires.
“Every fan’s first-pick Brunetti novel.” —The New Yorker
“Music and paintings mingle delightfully with homicide and mayhem during this very attractive story.” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“A sophisticated research of emotion and personality… a worldly mystery.” —Library Journal
By Jan Morris
For 6 centuries, the Republic of Venice was once a maritime empire, its sovereign strength extending all through a lot of the jap Mediterranean - an empire of coasts, islands and remoted fortresses wherein, as Wordsworth wrote, the mercantile Venetians 'held the beautiful east in fee'. Jan Morris reconstructs the entire of this glittering dominion within the kind of a sea-voyage, vacationing alongside the ancient Venetian exchange routes from Venice itself to Greece, Crete and Cyprus. it's a traveller's booklet, geographically prepared yet wandering at will from the previous to the current, evoking not just modern landscapes and sensations but in addition the characters, the feelings and the tumultuous occasions of the prior. the 1st such paintings ever written concerning the Venetian 'Stato da Mar', it really is a useful historic better half for viewers to Venice itself and for visitors in the course of the lands the Doges as soon as governed.
By Luca Spaghetti
"Luca Spaghetti is not just one in every of my favourite humans on the earth, but in addition a natural-born storyteller. . . . This [is a] tremendous book." -Elizabeth Gilbert
whilst Luca Spaghetti (yes, that is quite his identify) was once requested to teach a author named Elizabeth Gilbert round Rome, he had no concept how his existence was once approximately to alter. She embraced his Roman ebullience, and Luca in flip grew to become her parent angel, made up our minds that his urban might support Liz out of her funk.
jam-packed with colourful anecdotes approximately nutrition, language, football, way of life in Rome, and Luca's personal fish-out-of-water moments as a customer to the United States-and culminating with the episodes in Liz's bestselling memoir, informed from Luca's aspect of the table-Un Amico Italiano is a booklet that no fan of Eat, Pray, Love may want to pass over.
By Robert Hughes
From Robert Hughes, one of many maximum artwork and cultural critics of our time, comes a sprawling, entire, and deeply own heritage of Rome—as a urban, as an empire, and as an foundation of Western paintings and civilization.
beginning on a private observe, Hughes takes us to the Rome he first encountered as a hungry twenty-one-year-old clean from Australia in 1959. From there, he is going again greater than thousand years to the city’s origin, one mired in mythologies and superstitions that will tell Rome’s improvement for hundreds of years. He explores in wealthy aspect the formation of empire, the increase of early Christianity, the Crusades, the Renaissance, and takes us as much as the current, during the upward push and fall of Mussolini’s fascism. equivalent elements idolizing, blasphemous, outraged, and awestruck, Rome is a portrait of the everlasting urban as merely Robert Hughes may well paint it.
A notable selection of intertwined tales in regards to the unknown hill cities and villages of Sicily, from the acclaimed writer of Mattanza.
In this gleaming booklet, Theresa Maggio takes us on a trip looking for Sicily's such a lot distant and least explored mountain cities. utilizing her grandparents' ancestral village of Santa Margherita Belice as her base camp, she pores over previous maps to plan her experience, deciding upon as her ambitions the smallest dots with the main beautiful names. Her travels take her to the small cities surrounding Mount Etna, the volcanic islands of the Aeolian Sea, and the captivating villages nestled within the Madonie Mountains. even if she's writing concerning the particular pleasures of Sicilian highway nutrients, the wear and tear wrought via molten lava, the traditional traditions of Sicilian bagpipers, or the spiritual processions that eat complete villages for days on finish, Maggio succeeds in transporting readers to a totally unexpected global, the place almonds develop like weeds and the water tastes of stone. within the stark yet evocative prose that's her hallmark, Maggio enters the hearts and heads of Sicilians, unlocking the secrets and techniques of a tantalizingly advanced tradition.
Although she makes widespread forays to villages close to and much, she continually returns to Santa Margherita, the place she researches her genealogy within the municipio, is going on adventures together with her cousin Nella, and strains the town's prior in historical past and literature. A superbly wrought meditation on time and position, The Stone Boudoir can be valuable by way of all who love effective shuttle writing.
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