Artful Italy: The Hidden Treasures (Invisible Cities Travel Guide S)

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For those wanting to explore Italy’s rich artistic heritage beyond the usual tourist attractions, this unique guide is the answer. Presented are the more authentic, less-crowded locations and works, including tapestries, paintings, sculptures, and gardens, that are often the favorites of Italian art connoisseurs. An introduction to the huge Tapestries of the Month” in Milan, which occupy an entire banquet room of the Castello Sforzesco; the vibrant and surreal Dante Room” at the Casino Massimo, Rome; the Ancient Instruments Collection; and many other hidden treasures set this true art lover’s guide apart from the many guidebooks that cover the usual well-worn attractions.

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Ann S. Brandon worked for many years in Rome as the arts editor for Rome’s daily English-language newspaper. She lives in Randolph, Vermont.

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Every year, millions of tourists throng Italy, patiently standing in interminable lines to see the great museums of Venice, Florence, Rome, and other cities. Brandon, a former arts editor who lived in Rome for 20 years, asserts that in a year 2000 study, some 2.8 million Americans said they planned to visit Italy and 1.2 million said they wanted to explore less familiar sights. This guide is certainly intended for those who want to break away from the crowd and see the "hidden treasures" of Italy. Brandon points out that there are many seldom visited but highly important sights all across Italy, usually around the corner from the popular attractions, such as the Piazza, the Palazzo, and the Pote. While some feature works of great artists, the majority focus on unique, often ghoulish, subjects. In Florence, for example, the Museo della Storia el la Specola (a few feet away from the Pitti Palace) features a macabre collection of bones, muscles, tissues, and other flotsam of the human body, arranged into artistic representations. Packed with information rarely found in standard guides, this guide offers a fresh perspective on Italy's art and as such deserves a place in all travel collections. Highly recommended. Joseph L. Carlson, Lompoc P.L., CA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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