A New York Times Notable Book
In this deeply personal and learned labor of love, R.W.B. Lewis provides a new look at the glories of Florence, the smallish Tuscan city which has been a prime source for modern Western culture and which has also been his second home for fifty years. With a scholar's eye and a lover's passion, he invites us to share his vision of a city and the way of life it has engendered and inspired.
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"RWB Lewis, who has lived in and visited Florence, Italy for decades, provides a masterful weaving of early Tuscan, Renaissance, middle ages and recent history of this influential center of culture, art, commerce, politics and religion. If you have visited Florence, Lewis' words will move you from the streets you know through the passages of time to what existed before. Great insights to a place like no other."
This is a really nicely written history/memoir on Florence. I read this just before my (absolutely wonderful) visit there in 2000, and it made the city so much richer for me. Lewis does a terrific job of mixing the history, the architecture, and the art with the city geography and current feel of the city.