The perfect guide for those who can't resist succumbing to Italy's charms again and again, now in a popular pocket-sized format. Who hasn't dreamt of being whisked away to a sweet little Italian town buried deep in the countryside? The small towns sprinkled throughout this expansive book are not only rich with beauty but also saturated with as much historical and cultural importance as their sister cities. The fact that they are "off the beaten path"-though sometimes extraordinarily famous for their art, food, and wine, or simply their setting-makes them rare gems even more desirable to see.
The 101 towns featured represent the twenty diverse regions of Italy and their varied landscapes, architecture, and local specialties. Practical sidebars introduce the reader to traditional artisans as well as to the best place to buy Parmigiano Reggiano or the greatest terrace to take in a Tuscan sunset. Art and architecture are also amply covered, from the history of L'Aquila's ninety-nine fountains to the most elaborate of baroque churches. You will be amazed to see how much Italy has to offer beyond the well-trod paths of Venice, Florence, and Rome: from Asolo to Vicenza, flea markets to fish markets, horse races to open-air concerts, this book promises 101 great reasons to go back to Italy over and over.
About the Author
Paolo Lazzarin is a journalist and photographer living and working in Milan. He has contributed to numerous Italian and international newspapers and has coauthored several books on photography, tourism, and sports.
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How can a book such as this one not have one single map of Italy? It suggests these wonderful places but does not explain why and what makes these places wonderful. More info is needed about the town itself, instead of drilling down to museums and historic places to see. Also the pictures are disappointing. Show us more pictures of the town itself instead of a whole page of some obscure palace. I found this book extremely frustrating for its lack of more interesting information.
Wonderful travel reading
Great for those who want to get to know Italy better, for the experienced traveller or the armchair traveller.
Good quality photography.
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 2nd June 2014
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.2 x 21.1 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 1.03
Edition Number: 1