Francesco's Italy: A Personal Journey through Italian Culture - Past and Present

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Following the success of Francesco's Venice, Francesco da Mosto ventures further afield, this time taking in all of Italy. As he visits the spectacular lakes and fashionable cities of the north and passes through the hills of Tuscany before heading south towards Rome, Naples, and Palermo, he celebrates the country's art and culture—its cathedrals, churches, palaces, opera houses, paintings, sculpture, music, and cuisine. Introducing us to many of the figures who populate the country's rich and vibrant history, his journey also takes in Italian society as it is today. Splendidly illustrated with John Parker's breathtaking color photos and enlivened with marvelous anecdotes about his family and the fascinating characters he meets along the way, Francesco's Italy is the story of both the country we all know and love and the secret Italy only an insider can reveal.

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Francesco da Mosto, the presenter of the BBC2 series that this book accompanies, is an architect, historian and filmmaker. His busy studio in Venice has designed and supervised many restoration projects and has participated in local and international design competitions. Francesco has worked extensively in both cinema and television since 1984. He presented the hugely successful series Francesco's Venice in 2004 and Francesco's Mediterranean Voyage in 2008 and wrote the accompanying books.

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"Wonderfully entertaining and educational."  —Library Journal



"[Francesco] shows an Italy that we would never see on our own."  —Chicago Tribune

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