By Francis Russell
"The writer has accomplished the close to impossible...a must-squeeze-into-hand-baggage or the again pack."—House and Garden
"A minor classic."—The occasions Literary Supplement
This own, and beautifully well-informed, number of the main worthwhile cities, towns, villages, and person monuments in Italy is the definitive guidebook for the discerning tourist. the writer has been traveling Italy, for learn, for paintings, and for excitement, for over fifty years, and is the ideal better half in case you need to know approximately greater than the most obvious attractions.
As good as comprehensively masking the best attractions within the significant vacationer facilities of Rome, Florence, Venice, and somewhere else, Francis Russell discusses and describes the missed, or little-known, masterpieces which are nonetheless to be discovered the size and breadth of the Italian peninsula. In a booklet that may train and astonish the specialist as absolutely because it will advisor and tell the first-time customer, the writer chooses and explores palaces and gardens, urban squares and lonely church buildings, frescoes and altarpieces, nice museums and tiny ruins that jointly offer a richly textured portrait of a rustic the place the historical past and styles of civilization lie extra thickly than anyplace else on earth.
This publication will immeasurably increase and increase the visitor's adventure of the main visited kingdom on the planet, through advantage of its sensitivity, its knowledge, and its deep wisdom, and via its bright, eloquent, and wonderful exposition.
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But it says much for the intelligence of the Italian state that, as recently as 1968, the Certosa was made over to the Cistercian Order. qxp_Italy 16/12/2013 00:37 Page 32 32 101 Places in Italy: Lombardy 6 MILAN O F T H E G R E AT Italian cities only Milan has been comprehensively cut off from its hinterland by modern building. So it is reassuring to ascend the campanile of the cathedral on a clear winter’s day and see the Monte Rosa gleaming on the horizon. Milan has a complex past – Roman, Byzantine and Lungobard – and has long been the dominant city of Lombardy.
Further down the left bank of The Ponte Pietra. the Adige as it curves to the south is the Roman theatre, built against the hillside. Beyond is Santa Maria in Organo, with an elaborate façade by Sanmicheli and distinguished marquetry choir stalls by Fra Giovanni da Verona. The Via Santa Maria in Organo continues as the Via Giusti, dominated by the Palazzo Giusti del Giardino, known thus for the terraced garden with its celebrated view over the city. qxp_Italy 16/12/2013 00:38 Page 63 18 Vicenza 18 VICENZA V I C E N Z A passed to Venetian rule in 1404.
This was resumed and given further impetus by Francesco I Sforza, ruler of Milan from 1450. Successive architects, Venetian and Milanese, were called in. The façade was designed by the sculptor Giovanni Antonio Amadeo, but its upper half was only completed in the sixteenth century. The reliefs, so typical of Milanese Renaissance taste, are by Amadeo and his associates, while the portal of 1501–6 is largely by Benedetto Briosco. The interior is of equal magnificence. Some pictures have gone – including the main tier of Perugino’s altarpiece, which is now in London – but nowhere can Milanese sculpture of the Renaissance be studied more comprehensively, and much glass of the period survives.
101 Places in Italy: A Private Grand Tour by Francis Russell