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

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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, collection of the main profitable cities, towns, villages, and person monuments in Italy is the definitive guidebook for the discerning vacationer. the writer has been vacationing Italy, for research, for paintings, and for excitement, for over fifty years, and is the correct better half in the event 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 overlooked, or little-known, masterpieces which are nonetheless to be chanced on the size and breadth of the Italian peninsula. In a publication that may train and astonish the specialist as definitely because it will consultant 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 anyplace else on earth.

This booklet will immeasurably improve and increase the visitor's event of the main visited kingdom on this planet, by means of advantage of its sensitivity, its knowledge, and its deep wisdom, and through its shiny, eloquent, and enjoyable exposition.

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A cataclysm of a different kind, the Reformation, had for two decades made Trent the epicentre of the Catholic world: the Council of Trent, which was opened in 1545 and reconvened for the last time in 1562, set the future course of the Roman Church. At the heart of the city, on the south of the Piazza del Duomo, is the Romanesque cathedral. This was begun to the design drawn up by the Ticinese mason Adamo d’Arogno in 1212 but subsequently modified. The restrained north façade does not prepare one for the rich external decoration of the central apse.

The street, now the Via XX Settembre, has an air of unassertive well-being. Soon on the left you pass the chromatic rendered façade of the church of the Trinità by a local architect, Andrea Nono, which was completed in 1740. Further on a road on the right leads to the ambitious Palazzo Virmercati Sanseverino (1592–1602) and a group of other mansions that testify to the long prosperity of Venetian rule. Return to the main road and continue towards the Torazzo – a clock tower above an arch with the lion of Saint Mark in place – of the Palazzo del Comune, behind which the Duomo can already be seen.

Power passed in the twelfth century from the archbishops to the commune, and in 1277 the Visconti established their signoria. Their duchy was taken over in 1450 by Francesco I Sforza, whose younger son Ludovico il Moro is celebrated not least as the patron of Leonardo. The French endeavoured to secure Milan, but on the extinction of the Sforza line in 1535, this passed to Spain and, in the early eighteenth century, to Austria. The French invasion of 1796 led to the creation of the Cisalpine republic, of which Milan was the inevitable capital, and its successor, Bonaparte’s kingdom of Italy.

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