Not Built in a Day: Exploring the Architecture of Rome

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This book is a unique, eye-opening guide to one of the world's most magnificent cities, celebrating the special character of Rome's buildings, fountains, piazzas, streets, and ruins with illuminating insight and irresistible enthusiasm — for the first-time sightseer, the frequent visitor, or the armchair traveler. Not Built in a Day moves beyond the names, dates, and statistics of the traditional guidebook to provide a loving, personal, and instructive analysis of the architectural pleasures of Rome. Twelve ...

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Overview

This book is a unique, eye-opening guide to one of the world's most magnificent cities, celebrating the special character of Rome's buildings, fountains, piazzas, streets, and ruins with illuminating insight and irresistible enthusiasm — for the first-time sightseer, the frequent visitor, or the armchair traveler. Not Built in a Day moves beyond the names, dates, and statistics of the traditional guidebook to provide a loving, personal, and instructive analysis of the architectural pleasures of Rome. Twelve walking tours profile some two hundred sites within Rome's ancient walls, all described in prose that is fresh, witty, and discerning. From the largest piazza down to the smallest fountain, George H. Sullivan's essays explore the city with an engagingly appraising eye, enabling readers to see exactly what makes the architecture of Rome so important and so memorable. Sophisticated enough for those well versed in architecture, yet written in language accessible to all readers, this extraordinary guide is a deeply felt homage to Rome and its fascinating two-thousand-year history. In addition to detailed maps for the twelve walking tours, this wonderful edition comes illustrated with classical etchings.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786717491
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 754,370
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

George H. Sullivan is a veteran travel writer. He has written walking tours of Florence and Vienna for Fodor’s Travel Guides, and has lectured on Roman architecture at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC (a series of five lectures based on Not Built in a Day, each lecture covering a different architectural era: Antiquity, Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque, and Historicism/Modernism). He is currently working on a new book about Florence. He lives in Alexandria, VA.

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  • Posted May 2, 2012

    The Best Guide Book for Rome (for anyone interested in architecture)

    Guide books usually give you lists of the best things to see and do. In Rome, there must be a list for architecture, its great churches and other structures. Every guidebook I have ever seen for Rome does this by assertion, telling you what to see without any real argument. Unless you are an architect, in which case you really don't need a book, you still don't understand Why. George Sullivan leads you to his 100 favorite buildings and other architectural features such as the Trevi Fountain and tells you in his eloquent, easily understood terms what he sees and what you should too. Often he discusses what's inside as well, great interiors and the like. Clever walks lead you along his favorite buildings as well. Don't worry, his 100 favorite buildings include yours as well. A wonderful book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2010

    This book belongs on every educated person's travel bookshelf!

    This is a wonderful book! Instead of the usual blurbs about the fabled sites of the city, this book actually shows you how to look at the architecture of the city- it painlessly illustrates architectural history and appreciation. I felt that I had an erudite art historian giving me a personal, sophisticated tour but in a gentle way that never made it feel like it was beyond my ability to understand. Rather than tell you something is a beautiful example of mannerist architecture, it explains what mannerism is, and why a given building is a successful (or not) example. As a result, not only did I come away feeling like I really knew Rome, but that I knew a lot more about the forgotten art of architecture. Count me a major fan. Can only hope the author will undertake similar project in other cities!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2010

    Excellent!

    This is clearly the best guide to Rome I know. Anyone interested in learning about the city while walking it should not be without this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2008

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    Not built in a day, exploring the architecture of Rome

    One of the best books I have read about the buildings in Rome and their history. Entertaining and easy to read. Highly recommended.

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