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 missed western element of Tuscany is wealthy with heritage, food, and surroundings begging to be explored, and Keahey encourages tourists to desert itineraries and enable the grooves within the highway and the curves of the coast advisor your trip instead.

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

Hidden Tuscany offers exciting pictures of locations corresponding to Livorno, a port urban with canals; Pietrasanta, Tuscany's Citta d'Arte; and Capraia, an island shaped through volcanoes. Keahey engages with the population of those mesmerizing landscapes, even if sculptors who toil in marble studios or citizens whose personal thoughts and traditions remove darkness from 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 designated tale to inform. For armchair tourists and holiday seekers alike, Hidden Tuscany brings a brand new aspect of this vintage Italian sector to lifestyles, and the result's mesmerizing.

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The Secrets of Italy: People, Places, and Hidden Histories

By Corrado Augias

One in every of Italy's best-known writers takes a Grand travel via her towns, heritage, and literature looking for the genuine personality of this contradictory state. there's Michelangelo, but additionally the mafia. Pavarotti, but additionally Berlusconi. The debonair Milanese, but additionally the notorious captain of the Costa Concordia cruise send. this is often Italy, well-known and reviled, a rustic that has guarded her secrets and techniques and confounded outsiders. Now, whilst this "Italian paradox" is extra glaring than ever, cultural authority Corrado Augias poses the difficult questions: how did it get this fashion? How can this peninsula be at the same time the house of geniuses and criminals, the cradle of good looks and the butt of jokes?

An immediate no 1 bestseller in Italy, Augias's most modern units out to rediscover the story-different from the history-of this kingdom. starting with how Italy is obvious from the surface and from the interior, he weaves a geo-historical narrative, passing via important towns and rereading the classics and the biographies of the folks that experience, for greater or worse, made Italians who they're. From the gloomy surroundings of Cagliostro's Palermo to the stylish court docket of Maria Luigia in Parma, from the ghetto of Venice to the heroic Neapolitan rebellion opposed to the Nazis, Augias sheds gentle at the Italian personality, explaining it to outsiders and to Italians themselves. the result's a "novel of a nation," whose protagonists are either the figures we all know from background and literature and characters lengthy hidden among the cracks of ancient narrative and reminiscence.

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Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis

By Robert M. Edsel

From the writer of the number one New York Times bestseller The Monuments Men

"An striking account of a little-known American attempt to save lots of Italy's…art in the course of international battle II."―Tom Brokaw

while Hitler’s armies occupied Italy in 1943, in addition they seized keep watch over of mankind’s maximum cultural treasures. As that they had performed all through Europe, the Nazis may possibly now plunder the masterpieces of the Renaissance, the treasures of the Vatican, and the antiquities of the Roman Empire.

On the eve of the Allied invasion, common Dwight Eisenhower empowered a brand new form of soldier to guard those ancient riches. In may perhaps 1944 not going American heroes―artist Deane Keller and student Fred Hartt―embarked from Naples at the treasure hunt of an entire life, monitoring billions of bucks of lacking artwork, together with works by means of Michelangelo, Donatello, Titian, Caravaggio, and Botticelli. With the German military taking flight up the Italian peninsula, orders got here from the top degrees of the Nazi govt to move truckloads of paintings north around the border into the Reich. status within the approach used to be normal Karl Wolff, a top-level Nazi officer. As German forces blew up the impressive bridges of Florence, normal Wolff commandeered the good collections of the Uffizi Gallery and Pitti Palace, later risking his lifestyles to barter a mystery Nazi give up with American spymaster Allen Dulles.

Brilliantly researched and vividly written, the New York Times bestselling Saving Italy brings readers from Milan and the close to destruction of The final Supper to the internal sanctum of the Vatican and in the back of closed doorways with the preeminent Allied and Axis leaders: Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and Churchill; Hitler, Göring, and Himmler.

An unforgettable tale of epic thievery and political intrigue, Saving Italy is a testomony to heroism on behalf of paintings, tradition, and history.

sixty one illustrations; three maps

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Cheese, Pears, and History in a Proverb (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)

By Massimo Montanari

"Do now not enable the peasant know the way strong cheese is with pears" is going the super renowned but difficult to decipher announcing. Intrigued by way of this proverb, which has persisted because the center a while, Massimo Montanari launches an adventurous background of its origins and utility.

Perusing archival cookbooks, agricultural and nutritional treatises, literary works, and anthologies of cherished proverbs, Montanari reveals within the nobility's not easy palettes and gentle stomachs a deep love of cheese with pears from medieval instances onward. initially, cheese and its visceral, earthy pleasures was once handled because the foodstuff of Polyphemus, the uncivilized man-beast. The pear, nevertheless, grew to become the emblem of ephemeral, luxuriant excitement& mdash;the indulgence of the social elite. Joined jointly, cheese and pears embodied an specific savoir faire, in particular because the idea of style as a ordinary phenomenon developed right into a cultural angle. Montanari's delectable historical past straddles the road among written and oral culture, among financial and social family members, and it thrills within the brilliant energy of psychological illustration. He eventually discovers that the ambiguous proverb, so wrapped up in historical past, isn't really a repository of shared knowledge yet a wealthy locus of social conflict.

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Garlic and Oil: Politics and Food in Italy

By Carol Helstosky

Pasta, cappuccino, olive oil--Italian meals is a favourite in our cafes, eating places and houses. yet what's the heritage of Italian delicacies? And the place will we get our notions approximately Italian foodstuff? opposite to renowned trust, the Italian vitamin used to be insufficient and unchanging for plenty of many years. Successive political regimes--liberal, fascist, democratic--struggled to enhance consuming behavior, shaping not just Italian food yet Italian id. This e-book unearths the cruel fact at the back of the myths surrounding this highly-romanticized cuisine.

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The Architecture of Vision: Writings and Interviews on Cinema

By Michelangelo Antonioni

“A filmmaker is a guy like all different; and but his lifestyles isn't the comparable. . . . this is often, i believe, a different means of being involved with reality.” Or so says Michelangelo Antonioni, the mythical filmmaker in the back of the stark landscapes and social alienation of Blow-Up and L’Avventura, who the following unearths his idiosyncratic courting with truth in The structure of Vision.

Through autobiographical sketches, theoretical essays, interviews, and conversations with such luminaries as Jean-Luc Godard and Alberto Moravia, this compelling quantity explores the director’s particular model of narrative-defying cinema in addition to the motivations and anxieties of the fellow in the back of the camera.

The structure of Vision offers a filmmaker’s soaking up reflections and insights on his occupation. . . . Antonioni’s reviews . . . deepen and humanize a occasionally cerebral book.”—Publishers Weekly
“[Antonioni’s] erudition is excellent . . . few of his friends can fit his verbal articulateness.”—Film Quarterly
“This useful source bargains entrée to fabric tricky to achieve entry to below different circumstances.”—Library Journal

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Frommer's Florence, Tuscany and Umbria (Frommer's Complete Guides)

By John Moretti

Experience Siena's Palio, the centuries-old bareback horse race that runs in the course of the city's Piazza del Campo. See bankruptcy 7.

  • Foldout map, plus special maps all through

  • Exact costs, instructions, establishing hours,and different functional information

  • Candid stories of resorts and restaurants,plus attractions, procuring, and nightlife

  • Itineraries, strolling excursions, and trip-planning principles

  • Insider tips from neighborhood professional authors

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Pasta: The Essential New Collection from the Master of Italian Cookery

This is often the last word ebook on pasta, imagined, created and cooked via the grasp of Italian cookery. Antonio Carluccio's Pasta combines his inimitable wisdom along with his professional flavor buds to supply over a hundred unique and impossible to resist pasta recipes during this definitive booklet. The publication starts with an academic masterclass, instructing the reader every little thing they are going to want to know approximately pasta—how to prepare dinner it and the way to marry it with the proper sauce—with accompanying step by step images if you happen to decide to make your individual. This name covers every thing any prepare dinner might want to be aware of as a way to create the precise bowl of pasta.

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In Other Words

National top Seller

From the best-selling writer and Pulitzer Prize winner, a robust nonfiction debut—an “honest, attractive, and extremely relocating account of a author looking for herself in words.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred)
In different phrases is a revelation. it really is at middle a love story—of an extended and infrequently tricky courtship, and a keenness that verges on obsession: that of a author for one more language. For Jhumpa Lahiri, that love was once for Italian, which first captivated and capsized her in the course of a visit to Florence after collage. even supposing Lahiri studied Italian for a few years in a while, precise mastery constantly eluded her.

Seeking complete immersion, she comes to a decision to maneuver to Rome together with her kin, for “a trial by means of hearth, a type of baptism” right into a new language and global. There, she starts off to learn, and to write—initially in her journal—solely in Italian. In different Words, an autobiographical paintings written in Italian, investigates the method of studying to precise oneself in one other language, and describes the adventure of a author looking a brand new voice.

Presented in a dual-language structure, this can be a thoroughly unique booklet approximately exile, linguistic and in a different way, written with an depth and readability no longer obvious because Vladimir Nabokov: a startling act of self-reflection and a provocative exploration of belonging and reinvention.

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Italy Travel Guide (Lonely Planet)

By Alison Bing, Duncan Garwood, Gregor Clark, Robert Landon, Paula Hardy, Abigail Blasi, Cristian Bonetto, Kerry Christiani, Joe Fu

Lonely Planet's no 1 promoting eu kingdom guide!
Visitors to Italy are bombarded by way of attractions, scenes and flavors – palaces and museums overflowing with artwork, Renaissance gardens, connoisseur foodstuff markets. Come benefit from the vita bella (beautiful life).

This full-color advisor with 3D illustrations of significant highlights and insightful beneficial properties on seasonal and neighborhood nutrients and outdoors actions is vital for these eager to see the simplest Italy has to offer!
<UL>* 15 authors, thirteen volcanoes, 7600km of beach and 1000s of Renaissance masterpieces
* Inspirational pictures, pull-out urban map, 3D plans of iconic points of interest, complete making plans instruments, specific devour & Drink Like a neighborhood function and in-depth background

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