Fantastic book - well researched and very detailed and well worth the price. A must for anyone who is seriously interested in the history of Florence and will make a good introduction to anyone who plans to visit this lovely historic city.
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.
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
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.
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.