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Italy (Little-Known Facts about Well-Known Places)
     

Italy (Little-Known Facts about Well-Known Places)

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by David Hoffman
 

Did you know?

  • Giorgio Armani designed the uniforms worn by members of the Italian Air Force.
  • Shakespeare used Italian settings in at least thirteen of his plays, yet he never once traveled there.
  • Hemingway’s novel A Farewell to Arms, which is set in northeast Italy during World War I, is credited with bringing the word ciao

Overview

Did you know?

  • Giorgio Armani designed the uniforms worn by members of the Italian Air Force.
  • Shakespeare used Italian settings in at least thirteen of his plays, yet he never once traveled there.
  • Hemingway’s novel A Farewell to Arms, which is set in northeast Italy during World War I, is credited with bringing the word ciao into the English language.
  • Vatican City has its own currency.
In this follow-up to the popular Little-Known Facts About Well-Known Stuff, David Hoffman delves into the stories behind some of our favorite places. Little-Known Facts about Well-Known Places goes beyond the obvious to reveal the tidbits that we have yet to discover. Covering every aspect— from food, film, and fashion to people, history, and art—these collections of offbeat facts and figures are guaranteed to delight a first-time visitor and surprise even the most jaded local. Packed with a wealth of revelations, Little-Known Facts about Well-Known Places is a must-have for know-it-alls, information addicts, curious readers, armchair travelers, and pop culture junkies of all ages.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781435104297
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
09/25/2008
Series:
Little-Known Facts about Well-Known Places Series
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
4.80(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

David Hoffman is a television writer, a frequent on-camera correspondent, and the author of a dozen books about popular culture, for which, in recent years, he has been paid to play with toys, challenge untapped cooking skills (with the help of some big-name chefs), and eat and shop his way across the country. He lives in Los Angeles, where he likes to pretend this is hard work.

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Italy (Little-Known Facts About Well-Known Places) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
LKA_CLD More than 1 year ago
i purchased for my daughter for an upcoming trip. She was less than enthusiastic (more reading!!! BLAH!!) But i picked it up and it is great. Lots of great little tidbits to pick-up on, places to go, interesting facts about almost anything. I now know that i am going the chocolatier Amedei outside of Pisa to get the best chocolate in the world. I also know that i am staying away from the confessionals in the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo Campanile because they have undetonated WWI bombs there.
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Alfy More than 1 year ago
Travelers to Italy should find it of interest in relation to their itinerary.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great book to help you prepare for a trip, or to remind you of one.
tee-em-dee More than 1 year ago
I purchased 2 copies of this book as Christmas gifts this year. I quickly scanned through it; lots of good facts about Italy, without any long, drawn out explanations. Great trivia. Good gift for a trivia buff, an Italy lover, or someone of Italian/American decent
JoyceNY More than 1 year ago
What a perfect little book! Filled to the brim with little-known facts, all presented so entertainly, the reader is not apt to forget! Great conversaation starter - after all, do your friends know the name of Italian desgner who made Dorothy's Ruby Slippers? Read this book, and you will! Even the more serious student of Italian History and Culture will certainly get a kick out of this light hearted book.