Francesco's Italy Hardcover – 8 Jun 2006
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"A superbly illustrated and meticulously researched guide... A definite must-buy for Italophiles everywhere" (Good Book Guide)
"[An] eloquent exploration of Italian culture... Stunning photographs provide a fitting backdrop to Francesco's artistic journey" (Living Abroad)
"Cultural marvels along with da Mosto's relaxed, quietly infectious charm make for a rather splendid mix" (The Times)
"As a man whose ancestors have lived in Venice for more than 1,500 years, Count Francesco da Mosto knows the city better than most... He talks of Venice with passion and insider knowledge. He has charm to burn and he's an absorbing guide." (Telegraph)
"[Francesco] shows an Italy that we would never see on our own." (Chicago Tribune)
About the Author
Francesco da Mosto, the presenter of the BBC2 series that this book accompanies, is an architect, historian and filmmaker. His busy studio in Venice has designed and supervised many restoration projects and has participated in local and international design competitions. Francesco has worked extensively in both cinema and television since 1984. He presented the hugely successful series Francesco's Venice in 2004 and Francesco's Mediterranean Voyage in 2008 and wrote the accompanying books.
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If you have been there it is a wonderful reminder, if you are new to this outstanding country it is taste of all that awaits you.
But before looking at what's covered, a glance at the map at the start of the journey shows us several lacunae. Thus there are gaps to the east and north of Venice; the Italian Alps are skipped (except the lakes); and Genoa is missing (but one could hardly expect a Venetian to say anything good about the enemy). As we move south, the spaces become larger, especially on the Adriatic side (no Rimini, no Bari). Calabria too is empty, save as a stepping stone to Sicily. Sardinia, meanwhile, is not even on the map.
This gives some idea of what's missing, but you cannot include everything. And in the first chapter - `Leaving the Lagoon', Francesco perhaps tries to include too much, with the result that we have a somewhat superficial coverage: Padua, Vicenza, Verona, Ferrara, Bologna, Mantua - each is given a page or a small number of paragraphs in which Francesco expatiates on a single aspect or work of art to be found there, before moving on to the next city. It's as if the whole of southern England is covered by saying one thing about Plymouth, Exeter, Bristol, Southampton, Chichester, and Brighton. There are some exceptions, such as Milan, where (amongst other things) we learn that it was an Englishman "who founded AC Milan as `Milan Cricket & Football Club'. It is in his honour that the club has always kept the English spelling of its name.Read more ›
It was very well packed up by the seller, and arrived on time, although time really does not matter greatly --- it's not a race!!
If you have the book I want, I will certainly buy this way again. After all, there's no harm done to the author, who has already had the royalties.
Well done to the seller and to Amazon.
His ladish exploits in that gorgeous Alfa Spider made the series a more lite hearted affair to his magnificent Venice,and his influnce in being one of the oldest Venitian families opened doors into fabulous palaces and villas that are barred to all members of the public.
Naturally he could not spend too long in the north of the country but witnessing Lucca, Puccinis birthplace and Bolognia the oldest university in the world made what he did choose trully excelleny.Veronia was where Shakespeare based Romeo and Juiliet but Shakey never visited the place.
The highlite of the series for me was when he travelled further south to the deeply religious areas where devotion was taken to extreams.
The poverty of Naples and his mothers birthplace Palermo in Sicilli was a real journey into the real Italy that few tourists get to see.
This book brings all that and more into a highly illustrated story of Italy at its very best.
His Top to Toe series is too young to have been released onto dvd but this book is a taster of the treat yet to come.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have all his DVDs so thought I'd read the book. Really good choice.Published 11 months ago by Mrs S Usher
I bought this for my sister and she loved it. Last birthday I gave her Francesco's Venice, so I thought she would like this one as well. Beautifully produced book.Published 19 months ago by Nicholas P.
This was a present to someone who loves Italy, in the hope that it would bring back happy memories. Apparently it did, and is well worn now - a sure sign of approval.Published 19 months ago by Maureen Calvert
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