101 Places in Italy: A Private Grand Tour by Francis Russell

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 instances Literary Supplement

This own, and fantastically well-informed, choice of the main profitable cities, towns, villages, and person monuments in Italy is the definitive guidebook for the discerning tourist. the writer has been traveling Italy, for research, for paintings, and for excitement, for over fifty years, and is the ideal better half if you need to know approximately greater than the most obvious attractions.

As good as comprehensively overlaying the best points of interest 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 came across the size and breadth of the Italian peninsula. In a e-book that might train and astonish the specialist as definitely 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 supply a richly textured portrait of a rustic the place the background and styles of civilization lie extra thickly than at any place else on earth.

This ebook will immeasurably increase and enhance the visitor's event of the main visited kingdom on the planet, via advantage of its sensitivity, its knowledge, and its deep wisdom, and through its brilliant, eloquent, and exciting exposition.

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Much survives of the medieval town, but it was as a Venetian dependency that Vicenza became a major artistic centre. Of her painters the finest was Bartolomeo Montagna, an accomplished follower of Bellini. It is, however, to her architects, and above all to Andrea Palladio, that the city’s fame is due, and nowhere else can their achievement be so fully studied. The traveller from the west arrives in the Piazza Castello. Ahead is the main street, the Corso Palladio, flanked by Palladio’s Palazzo Bonin and the Palazzo Piovini of 1658 by Antonio Pizzocaro, an oddly neglected local architect.

Almost simultaneously he could design elaborate silver vessels – all alas lost – and the overwhelming drama of the Fall of the Giants in the Sala dei Giganti. Giulio was supported by an équipe of painters who worked from his own clearly defined drawings. He was fortunate in the skill of his associates, including the young Francesco Primaticcio, whose work at Fontainebleau was to be a natural sequel to the project. The strategic importance and long economic prosperity of the Po Valley mean that the area has a rich architectural inheritance.

These do nothing to prepare us for the charm of the old town of Castiglione Olona, scarcely half a mile off to the left, on a spur above the wooded valley of the Olona. Castiglione was held from early medieval times by the Castiglioni family. Branda Castiglioni (1350–1443) had a successful career as Bishop of Piacenza, as Legate to Hungary and, from 1412, as Bishop of Vespré. Like other churchmen the cardinal, as he became in 1411, knew he had to build within his lifetime, but as he died in his nineties he had more time than could rationally have been anticipated to make his mark at Castiglione.

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