The Florence & Tuscany Companion includes 20 hidden gems: the wit of Mark Twain at the Uffizi; Leonardo da Vinci’s Thoughts on Art and Life (including his theories on how to die happy and why plants feel no pain); An essay on the planets by Galileo (which the Pope forced him to recant on pain of death); EM Forster on the "Galaxy of Wonders" in the Santa Croce; a history of Florence by Niccolò Macchiavelli (which he wrote after being tortured); Aldous Huxley at the infamous Palio horserace of 1924; DH Lawrence on the beauty of Michelangelo’s David; Byron’s Stanzas on the road from Florence; and a guide to living the good life in a Tuscan Villa by Pliny. It even includes essays from the original Baedeker Guide.
Over 58,000 words of selected literary, scientific and historic brilliance.
Time Travel Companions present 20 original perspectives on your destination: essays, articles, short stories, letters poems, film-scripts, recipes and paintings by novelists, historians, scientists, artists, politicians, travel-writers and poets who were passionate about your destination and who form a rich part of its heritage.
From the all the team at Time Travel
P.S. There's a whole series - so you can be just about anywhere in the world and there'll be some magical piece of writing that would be perfect to read while you sit back and sip your cappuccino. You're in a cafe on the Champs Elysees? Why not read one of Napoleon's letters to Josephine, and see why he loved her above all the others. You're at the Tower of London? then read Churchill’s description of it during the Blitz or Captain Blood’s confession after he tried to steal the Crown Jewels in 1671. You're on a trip to New York? why not read F Scott Fitzgerald's description of Manhattan from the Great Gatsby. In Berlin? How about reading one of Hitler's speeches - to understand just how he managed to beguile a nation and commit such horrors. At the Pyramids in Egypt? then what about reading the Egyptian Book of the Dead? or a letter from Napoleon describing what happened when he slept overnight in the Chamber of Khufu... On a cruise in the Caribbean? why not read a letter from Amerigo Vespucci describing a lost galleon and its cargo of gold.. In the Himalayas? why not read a description of the infamous Yeti Hunt by B.H Hodgson. On a visit to the Scottish Highlands? Why not read George Spicer's sighting of the Loch Ness Monster - and see if you can spot any flaws in his story. . Flying into Sydney? Why not read Captain Cook's description of landing in Botany Bay for the first time
Whatever you're interested in ... from History, Art, Science, Sport and Philosophy to Ghost Stories, Mysteries and Legends...
... and Wherever you are in the World - Perspectives Travel Guides will find the perfect essay, letter, diary entry, film script, recipe or short story for you to read - in a Perfect Bitesize Chunk..