88 of 89 people found the following review helpful
on 15 January 2000
Only Hibbert could write 'the biography of a city'. He brings Florence alive with his lively narrative while not skimping on the historical detail. The most "unstuffy" history book I have ever read, it only serves to make me want to jump on a plane immediately and re-explore this fascinating city. Whether a traveller or historian this is an indispensable book.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2009
have visited florence regularly this book is a wonderful way of finding out about the history and sights and information you may have missed,there is an abundance of books about florence but in my opinion this is the most interesting and enlightining,can,t wait to read his biography of rome
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
A splendid general account of the history of Florence aimed at the general reader, with particular emphasis on the crucial Renaissance 14th-15th centuries. Well illustrated also. A must for anyone with a non-specialist interest in the city and/or its art and culture.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 5 April 2010
This IS a must read for anyone even remotely interested in modern European history. Hibbert is a master of readable history and his account of Florence is never dull. The book is a great springboard that creates a thirst to learn more about the personalities, events and ideas that flow in and out of the story of one of the greatest cities on earth. A perfect paperback for a Tuscan holiday. Even at home, you'll have the urge to pour a glass of Chianti while enjoying this.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 16 December 2012
After visiting Florence, I had the same feelings about it that millions of other tourists must have. What is this place really? How did it start? How did they build that? When did that happen? Who was involved? etc.
Hibbert appears to have collated all of these questions, and answered them with beautifully written prose, artful incisive comment and a wealth of human interest. I heartily recommend this book to anybody who will or has visited Florence and fallen in love with it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 October 2010
This book is concise in an inviting and colourful way, it has enough information to give the reader an all rounder on this historical beautiful city. I will probably purchase other works by this author.