Francesco's Italy: A Personal Journey through Italian Culture- Past and Present

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Following his successful TV series and book Venice, the author extends his exploration to the rest of the country. With stunning photographs throughout of Italian culture, past and present, the book celebrates Italy in all its astonishing diversity.

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Overview

Following his successful TV series and book Venice, the author extends his exploration to the rest of the country. With stunning photographs throughout of Italian culture, past and present, the book celebrates Italy in all its astonishing diversity.

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"Wonderfully entertaining and educational."  —Library Journal

"[Francesco] shows an Italy that we would never see on our own."  —Chicago Tribune

Library Journal
Venetian architect, historian, and filmmaker Da Mosto (Francesco's Venice) successfully assembles a wonderfully entertaining and educational companion to the BBC television presentation of the same name. This sequel to his dramatic history of Venice encompasses the life, legend, and lore of the entire Italian peninsula. Da Mosto covers not only the popular cities and the evolution of their art, architecture, and engineering advances but also some less well known delights, e.g., Cremona and the Isle of Capri. Peppered with insightful memories of his childhood travels and family vacations, Da Mosto's book goes well beyond the usual historical facts found in cookie-cutter travel guides. He includes fascinating vignettes on topics such as the historical balance of power between the popes and emperors, ending his journey on the island of Sicily, where his mother's relatives have lived for generations. Da Mosto brings to life all the splendor and intrigue that define Italy as he travels along the ancient roads of independent civilizations that have endured everything from volcanoes to war and still managed to embrace progress and the beauty of body and soul. Parker reprises his photographic expertise with breathtaking color images of, e.g., the majestic snow-capped Italian Alps. Highly recommended for both public and academic libraries.
—Richard A. Dickey
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780563493488
  • Publisher: B B C Worldwide Americas
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface     7
Leaving the Lagoon     8
Heading for the Hills     60
Touring the Heartland     110
Reaching the South     156
Credits     212
Index     213
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