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

By Francis Russell

"The writer has completed 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, choice of the main lucrative cities, towns, villages, and person monuments in Italy is the definitive guidebook for the discerning vacationer. the writer has been traveling Italy, for research, for paintings, and for excitement, for over fifty years, and is the suitable spouse if you happen to 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 came upon the size and breadth of the Italian peninsula. In a e-book that may teach and astonish the specialist as without doubt 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 publication will immeasurably improve and improve the visitor's adventure of the main visited state on the planet, by means of advantage of its sensitivity, its knowledge, and its deep wisdom, and via its brilliant, eloquent, and interesting exposition.

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Few people visit Crema,’ John Addington Symonds observed in Sketches in Italy of 1879. This is still the case. Crema should be approached from the west through Faustino Rodi’s elegant Arco di Porta Ombriano put up in place of the original gate in 1805. The great Faustino Rodi, Arca di Porta Ombriano, 1805. Andrea Nono, Santissima Trinità, 1737–9. campanile of the Duomo is already in sight. 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.

Above the door there is a surprisingly accurate view of Rome, in which the Pantheon and other monuments can be seen. The frescoes represent the life of Saint John the Baptist, the Baptism itself dominating the end wall, the 39 Baptistery, sixteenth-century graffiti. Jordan set in a hilly landscape which flows into that of the adjacent Preaching in the Wilderness. On the right wall of the outer section, again linked in space, are the celebrated scenes of Herod’s Feast and Salome receiving the Baptist’s Head; the loggia in which she is placed is too deep to convince.

Walk through the portico of the Palazzo della Ragione into the Piazza del Duomo. On the left is the not very appealing cathedral, ahead the flank of the magnificent Santa Maria Maggiore, with the façade of the adjoining Cappella Colleoni. Designed by Giovanni Antonio Amadeo and built in 1472–6, this domed monument to the great condottiero Bartolomeo Colleoni is perhaps the purest achievement of the Lombard Renaissance. In the eighteenth century the interior was enriched with a series of canvasses by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Giuseppe Maria Crespi and others.

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