Hidden Tuscany: Discovering Art, Culture, and Memories in a Well-Known Region's Unknown Places

By John Keahey

In Hidden Tuscany, acclaimed writer John Keahey takes the reader right into a a part of Tuscany past the standard vacationer locations of Chianti, Florence, and Siena. the customarily neglected western section of Tuscany is wealthy with heritage, delicacies, and surroundings begging to be explored, and Keahey encourages tourists to desert itineraries and allow the grooves within the street and the curves of the coast consultant your trip instead.

Follow Keahey as he turns off the autostrada and takes roads slightly lanes broad to find fishing villages alongside the Tuscan sea. Then circulation inland into rolling foothills decorated with cherry orchards, historic olive groves, and sweeping vineyards that produce wines that problem Chianti's most sensible. right here it's nonetheless attainable to keep on with the trails of Romans, Crusaders, and pilgrims from in the course of the western international who have been wanting to achieve Rome.

Hidden Tuscany presents fascinating photos of locations comparable to Livorno, a port urban with canals; Pietrasanta, Tuscany's Citta d'Arte; and Capraia, an island shaped via volcanoes. Keahey engages with the population of those captivating landscapes, even if sculptors who toil in marble studios or citizens whose personal thoughts and traditions light up significant moments in global history.

From coastal cities to vineyards farther inland to the Tuscan archipelago, Keahey reminds us that every village, urban, and island has its personal precise tale to inform. For armchair tourists and holiday seekers alike, Hidden Tuscany brings a brand new aspect of this vintage Italian zone to existence, and the result's mesmerizing.

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The Venetian Empire: A Sea Voyage

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 japanese Mediterranean - an empire of coasts, islands and remoted fortresses during which, as Wordsworth wrote, the mercantile Venetians 'held the attractive east in fee'. Jan Morris reconstructs the complete of this glittering dominion within the kind of a sea-voyage, vacationing alongside the historical 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 prior to the current, evoking not just modern landscapes and sensations but additionally the characters, the feelings and the tumultuous occasions of the prior. the 1st such paintings ever written in regards to the Venetian 'Stato da Mar', it's a useful ancient spouse for viewers to Venice itself and for travelers in the course of the lands the Doges as soon as governed.

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A History of Contemporary Italy: Society and Politics, 1943-1988

By Paul Ginsborg

From a war-torn and poverty-stricken nation, neighborhood and predominantly agrarian, to the luck tale of modern years, Italy has witnessed the main profound transformation--economic, social and demographic--in its whole historical past. but the opposite recurrent subject matter of the interval has been the overpowering want for political reform--and the repeated failure to accomplish it. Professor Ginsborg's authoritative work--the first to mix social and political perspectives--is considering either the super achievements of up to date Italy and "the continuities of its background that experience no longer been simply set aside."

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The Dark Heart of Italy

By Tobias Jones

In 1999 Tobias Jones immigrated to Italy, awaiting to find the pastoral bliss defined by way of centuries of international viewers. as an alternative, he came upon a truly diverse kingdom: one besieged via unfathomable terrorism and deep-seated paranoia. The darkish center of Italy is Jones's account of his four-year voyage around the Italian peninsula.

Jones writes not only approximately Italy's paintings, weather, and delicacies but additionally in regards to the a lot livelier and stranger facets of the Bel Paese: the language, football, Catholicism, cinema, tv, and terrorism. Why, he wonders, does the parliament desire a "slaughter commission"? Why do bombs nonetheless explode each time politics commence getting critical? Why does every body urge him to head domestic once attainable, announcing that Italy is a "brothel"? such a lot of all, why does one guy, Silvio Berlusconi-in the phrases of a well-known song-appear to possess every little thing from Padre Nostro (Our Father) to Cosa Nostra (the Mafia)?

The Italy that emerges from Jones's travels is a rustic scarred through civil wars and "illustrious corpses"; a rustic that's proudly visible instead of verbal, according to aesthetics instead of ethics; a rustic the place crime is infrequently by way of punishment; a spot of fantastic illusionism, the place it truly is most unlikely to differentiate myth from truth and truth from fiction.

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Fodor's Venice and Northern Italy

By Fodor's

Get encouraged and plan your subsequent journey with Fodor’s publication trip advisor to Venice and northerly Italy.

Intelligent making plans: observe all the crucial, updated information you are expecting in a Fodor’s advisor, together with Fodor’s selection eating and accommodation, most sensible stories and points of interest, and advised itineraries.

Easy Navigation for E-Readers: even if you’re studying this book from begin to end or leaping from bankruptcy to bankruptcy as you strengthen your itinerary, Fodor’s makes it effortless to discover the data you would like with a unmarried contact. as well as a standard major desk of contents for the e-book, each one bankruptcy opens with its personal desk of contents, making it effortless to browse.

Full-Color photographs and Maps: It’s not easy to not fall in love with northern Italy as you turn via a brilliant full-color picture album. discover the format of urban facilities and renowned neighborhoods with easy-to-read full-color maps. Plus, get an summary of Italian geography with the handy atlas on the finish of the ebook.

Bonus interpreting for the affection of Italy: as well as the essential trip suggestions you predict in a Fodor’s consultant, we’ve incorporated 3 excerpts from unheard of books approximately Italy. Immerse your self in Italy with cultural insights from those top-selling authors:
Frances Mayes (EVERY DAY IN TUSCANY)
Beppe Severgnini (LA BELLA FIGURA)
Joseph Bastianich and David Lynch (VINO ITALIANO)

Explore Northern Italy: The filthy rich north has Italy’s such a lot subtle tradition and its such a lot different panorama. Venice is an extraordinary jewel of a urban, and Milan and Turin are facilities of trade and magnificence. alongside the country’s northern border, the mountain peaks of the Dolomites and Valle d’Aosta allure skiers in wintry weather and hikers in summer season, whereas the Lake District and the beach of the Ligurian Riviera are vintage summertime playgrounds.

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Pocket Rough Guide Rome (Rough Guide Pocket Guides)

The top Rome has to supply — on your pocket. The Pocket tough consultant to Rome is your crucial advisor to Italy's capital, with the all of the key points of interest, eating places, outlets, and bars integrated in an easy-to-use layout, with a full-color pull-out map.

Whether you've a day or a number of days at your disposal, our itineraries assist you plan your journey, and the "Best of Rome" part alternatives out the highlights you will not are looking to omit, from the Galleria Borghese's excellent artwork assortment to vertiginous perspectives from St Peter's dome.

Divided by means of region for simple navigation, the "Places" part is written in tough Guide's trademark sincere and informative sort, with listings of the must-see points of interest and our decide of the areas to consume, drink, and dance, from tucked-away trattorias to the precise aperitivo bars to kick off an evening out.

Make the main of a while with the The Pocket tough advisor to Rome.

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Road to Valor: A True Story of WWII Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation

By Aili McConnon

The inspiring, against-the-odds tale of Gino Bartali, the bicycle owner who made the greatest comeback in travel de France background and secretly aided the Italian resistance in the course of international conflict II

    Gino Bartali is healthier often called an Italian biking legend who not just received the journey de France two times but in addition holds the checklist for the longest time span among victories. In Road to Valor, Aili and Andres McConnon chronicle Bartali’s trip, from an impoverished youth in rural Tuscany to his first triumph on the 1938 travel de France. As global struggle II ravaged Europe, Bartali undertook risky actions to aid these being distinctive in Italy, together with sheltering a family members of Jews and smuggling counterfeit identification records within the body of his bicycle. After the grueling wartime years, the chain-smoking, Chianti-loving, 34-year-old underdog got here again to win the 1948 travel de France, a thrilling functionality that helped unite his fractured homeland.
    Based on approximately ten years of analysis, Road to Valor is the first publication ever written approximately Bartali in English and the single publication written in any language to discover the total scope of Bartali’s wartime work.  An epic story of braveness, resilience, and redemption, it's the untold tale of 1 of the best athletes of the 20th century.

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Waiting to Be Heard: A Memoir

By Amanda Knox

In March 2015, the ultimate courtroom of Italy exonerated Amanda Knox, writer of the New York Times bestselling memoir Waiting To Be Heard. In an in a while to this newly issued paperback version, Amanda updates readers on her lifestyles due to the fact that 2011, introduces the people who helped her persevere as her case persevered throughout the Italian courts, and stocks her plans for assisting others who've additionally been wrongfully convicted.

In November 2007, 20 year-old Amanda Knox had in simple terms been learning in Perugia, Italy, for a couple of weeks while her buddy and roommate, British pupil Meredith Kercher, used to be murdered. The research made headlines all over the world, and Amanda's arrest positioned her on the heart of a media firestorm. After an incredibly arguable trial, she was once convicted of homicide in 2009. She spent 4 years in an Italian felony until eventually a brand new court docket, which appointed autonomous specialists to study the prosecution’s DNA facts, affirmatively discovered her blameless in 2011.  She again domestic to Seattle, Washington.

But simply whilst Amanda concept her criminal nightmare had ended, it all started yet again. In March 2013, Italy’s maximum courtroom annulled the acquittal and despatched the case to the decrease courts for extra complaints. even if no new facts used to be brought opposed to her, Amanda used to be stumbled on accountable and sentenced to twenty-eight½ years in felony in January, 2014.  This choice used to be overturned by way of the Italian best court docket, which exonerated her of the homicide charge.

In Waiting to Be Heard, Amanda speaks approximately what it was once wish to locate herself imprisoned out of the country for against the law she didn't devote, and what sort of she depended on the unwavering help of her friends and family, lots of whom made outstanding sacrifices on her behalf. Waiting to Be Heard is an unflinching, heartfelt coming-of-age narrative like no other—now with a brand new afterword, within which Amanda describes the heart-stopping ultimate twists in her struggle for freedom, and her hopes for the future.

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The Pursuit of Italy: A History of a Land, Its Regions, and Their Peoples

A provocative, enjoyable account of Italy's different riches, its hopes and goals, its earlier and present

Did Garibaldi do Italy a disservice while he helped its disparate elements in achieving solidarity? used to be the aim of political unification a mistake? The query is requested and spoke back in a couple of methods in The Pursuit of Italy, an interesting, unique attention of the numerous histories that give a contribution to the brilliance―and weakness―of Italy this present day.

David Gilmour's splendidly readable exploration of Italian existence over the centuries is full of provocative anecdotes in addition to own observations, and is peopled by way of the nice figures of the Italian past―from Cicero and Virgil to the arguable politicians of the 20 th century. His clever account of the Risorgimento debunks the nationalistic myths that encompass it, although he paints a sympathetic portrait of Giuseppe Verdi, a liked hero of the era.

Gilmour indicates that the dignity of Italy has regularly lain in its areas, with their particular paintings, civic cultures, identities, and cuisines. Italy's population pointed out themselves no longer as Italians yet as Tuscans and Venetians, Sicilians and Lombards, Neapolitans and Genoese. Italy's power and tradition nonetheless come from its areas instead of from its misconceived, mishandled idea of a unified nation.

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Palmento: A Sicilian Wine Odyssey (At Table)

By Robert V. Camuto

Inspired via a deep ardour for wine, an Italian historical past, and a wish for a land just a little wilder than his domestic in southern France, Robert V. Camuto got down to discover Sicily’s rising wine scene. What he found in the course of greater than a yr of touring the quarter, even if, used to be excess of a desirable wine frontier. 
 
Chronicling his trip via Palermo to Marsala, and around the rugged inside of Sicily to the heights of Mount Etna, Camuto captures the personalities and flavors and the traditions and traditional riches that experience made Italy’s greatest and oldest wine sector the area traveler’s most recent discovery. within the island’s enormously diversified wines he reveals an expression of humanity and nature—and the area the place the 2 merge into anything more.
 
Here, amid the wild landscapes, lavish markets, dramatic non secular rituals, deliciously contrasting flavors, and stunning average heat of its humans, Camuto portrays Sicily at a shining second in heritage. he is taking readers into the anti-Mafia move growing to be within the former mob vineyards round notorious Corleone; tells the tales of a few of the island’s so much favorite landowning households; and introduces us to movie and track celebrities and different foreigners attracted to Sicily’s vineyards. His publication takes wine as a strong metaphor for the self sustaining id of this mythic land, which has thrown off its legacies of violence, corruption, and poverty to emerge, ultimately loose, with its nice soul intact.
Watch the Palmento booklet trailer on YouTube.

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