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 instances 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 tourist. the writer has been vacationing Italy, for examine, for paintings, and for excitement, for over fifty years, and is the fitting significant other in case you 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 ignored, or little-known, masterpieces which are nonetheless to be discovered the size and breadth of the Italian peninsula. In a publication that might train and astonish the professional as absolutely 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 heritage and styles of civilization lie extra thickly than at any place else on earth.

This e-book will immeasurably increase and enhance the visitor's event of the main visited state on this planet, via advantage of its sensitivity, its knowledge, and its deep wisdom, and by way of its brilliant, eloquent, and enjoyable exposition.

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The interior is of equal magnificence. Some pictures have gone – including the main tier of Perugino’s altarpiece, which is now in London – but nowhere can Milanese sculpture of the Renaissance be studied more comprehensively, and much glass of the period survives. So do the fine choir stalls designed by Ambrogio da Fossano, il Bergognone, the one major Milanese painter of his generation who did not allow himself to be unduly swayed by the example of Leonardo. His frescoed Ecce Homo in the north transept, framed by trompe l’oeil architecture, shows how moving an artist he could be.

Diana was no protagonist. He reacts to the achievement of greater men. And at Crema he rose to the occasion. 47 13 BERGAMO T H E O L D ROA D from Milan runs north-east, past Gorgonzola to cross the river Adda at Vaprio, where a number of prominent Milanese families built villas that have changed relatively little since Bernardo Bellotto recorded these in the 1740s. Beyond, the road turns somewhat northwards for the last fifteen kilometres to Bergamo, which from 1428 until 1797 was the western outpost of Venetian territory.

By day the Renaissance stained glass deserves study; at night, as candles glitter, one is lost in a primordial forest of stone. The decoration is rich, and there are two exceptional masterpieces. The Trivulzio candelabrum in the north transept, with its monsters and humans emerging from trailing fronds, is a prodigy of Norman medieval metalwork, so it is disgraceful that the tourist is now denied access to it; while the tomb of Gian Giacomo de’ Medici of 1560–63 in the south transept is arguably the masterpiece of Leone Leoni.

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