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 worthwhile cities, towns, villages, and person monuments in Italy is the definitive guidebook for the discerning traveller. the writer has been vacationing Italy, for examine, for paintings, and for excitement, for over fifty years, and is definitely the right better half if you happen to need to know approximately greater than the most obvious attractions.

As good as comprehensively protecting the best points of interest within the significant vacationer facilities of Rome, Florence, Venice, and in other places, Francis Russell discusses and describes the overlooked, or little-known, masterpieces which are nonetheless to be came upon the size and breadth of the Italian peninsula. In a e-book that would 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 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 state on the earth, through advantage of its sensitivity, its knowledge, and its deep wisdom, and via its brilliant, eloquent, and pleasing exposition.

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To see two closely related masterpieces of 1521, descend from the Città Alta to the palazzo-lined Via Pignolo. Go first to Santo Spirito. Lotto’s altarpiece is on the fourth altar on the right. The Madonna and Child are enthroned between four saints with the infant Baptist below and a wonderfully animated semi-circle of youthful angels above. The glowing eloquence of Lotto’s colour is matched by the energy of his characterization. Uphill, in the relatively modest San Bernardino in Pignolo, is the later of the two pictures, again a sacra conversazione with the Madonna and Child and four saints, but with a recording angel in place of the Baptist and four flying child angels holding a canopy above the throne.

Faithful to the precepts of Vitruvius, the theatre has no rival of its date. The charm of Vicenza is partly owed to its position on a curve of the river Bacchiglione. To the south is the Monte Berico. An old woman experienced visions of the Virgin here in 1426 and 1428, and a shrine was built to commemorate these. From near the Porta Lupia, the processional route, covered by an eighteenth-century portico of 150 arches symbolizing the beads of the rosary, climbs steeply to the Basilica di Monte Berico.

Treviglio, although not sordid, is, as it were, a one-polyptych town. But before leaving take the road from the northwest angle of the piazza to the sanctuary of the Beata Vergine delle Lacrime. On the left of the presbytery is a predella by an associate of Butinone with a view of the Collegiata in its Quattrocento state. Opposite: Duomo, the Campanile. qxp_Italy 16/12/2013 00:38 Page 46 46 101 Places in Italy: Lombardy 12 CREMA T R E V I G L I O is Lombard; its neighbour Crema, previously like her larger namesake Cremona a fief of the Visconti of Milan, was held from 1449 until 1797 by Venice, and a Venetian orientation can still be sensed in this most charming of cities in the Lombard plain.

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