Books about Florence

Books about Florence

bookmark
Fri 03 Jan 2020 3:41 PM

Winter threatens to be excessively long without a really good read. Here’s our pick of printed matter about Florence.

 

THE NOVEL ONE

 

 

Andrew Cotto’s Cucina Tipica: An Italian Adventure is the story of Jacoby Pines, a disheartened American who arrives in Italy on holiday and decides he never wants to leave. What follows is a food-filled, travel-laden adventure about one man’s quest for an antiquated
existence in the modern world.

 

 

THE TRAVEL ONE

 

 

In Florence. A Traveller’s Reader, edited by Edward Chaney, the city’s rich and glorious past is brought vividly to life for the tourist of today through the medium of letters, diaries and memoirs of travellers to Florence from past centuries and of the Florentines themselves.

 

 

THE WALKING ONE

 

 

Sue Davies offers 15 walks around the Tuscan capital in her personally researched guidebook Coming to Love Florence. The strolls take in all the major museums, monuments and churches in the centre and offers timings and maps as well as a potted history of Florence and its artists.

 

 

THE ACADEMIC ONE

 

 

Florence Under Siege. Surviving Plague in an Early Modern City, penned by professor of Italian Renaissance history John Henderson, is a vivid recreation of how the governors and governed of early 17th-century Florence confronted, suffered and survived a major epidemic of plague.

 

 

You’ll find most of them at the Paperback Exchange (via delle Oche 4R, Florence) and in other international bookstores.

Related articles

ART + CULTURE

Medieval Sculpture Hall at Bargello National Museum refurbished

The Bargello National Museum presented its newly refurbished Medieval Sculpture Hall on May 10, with renewed lighting and the decorative frieze restored.

ART + CULTURE

The Caccini Garden

The Caccini Garden, off borgo Pinti, was one of the most beautiful and exotic gardens in Florence at the end of the 16th century.

ART + CULTURE

Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo’s The Fourth Estate in Palazzo Vecchio

From May 1 to June 30, Palazzo Vecchio becomes home to Il Quarto Stato (The Fourth Estate) by Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo (1868-1907).

LIGHT MODE
DARK MODE