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 beautifully well-informed, number of the main lucrative cities, towns, villages, and person monuments in Italy is the definitive guidebook for the discerning visitor. the writer has been vacationing Italy, for learn, for paintings, and for excitement, for over fifty years, and is definitely the right better half in the event you need to know approximately greater than the most obvious attractions.
As good as comprehensively protecting 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 stumbled on the size and breadth of the Italian peninsula. In a e-book that might teach and astonish the specialist as definitely 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 historical past and styles of civilization lie extra thickly than at any place else on earth.
This booklet will immeasurably improve and enhance the visitor's adventure of the main visited nation on this planet, by way of advantage of its sensitivity, its knowledge, and its deep wisdom, and through its vibrant, eloquent, and exciting exposition.
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Return to the Corso Garibaldi, and 63 turn left to reach the finest late Gothic palace of Vicenza, the richly decorated Palazzo Da Schio. Further on, again on the left and set back, is Santa Corona, a major Dominican foundation of 1261. At the end of the left aisle is a magnificent altar of 1501, probably designed by Rocco da Vicenza. This frames a littleknown masterpiece by Giovanni Bellini, his late Baptism. Age had only quickened Bellini’s ability to use landscape for emotional effect. Continue on the Corso, passing the socalled Casa di Palladio, to reach the lateral façade of the architect’s most ambitious and elaborately decorated Vicentine house, the Palazzo Chiericati.
This was planned by the high priest of Quattrocento classicism, Leon Battista Alberti, in 1470 and begun two years later by Fancelli; the massive late baroque cupola was designed by Filippo Juvarra. The interior is monumental yet restrained, and in it, most appropriately, is the tomb of Mantegna. Work on the church overlapped with that on San Sebastiano 800 metres south-west on the Largo XXIV Maggio. This was designed by Alberti in 1460. Restoration has not affected the integrity of the elegant interior, perhaps the first of the Renaissance on a Greek cross plan.
At the heart of the city, on the south of the Piazza del Duomo, is the Romanesque cathedral. This was begun to the design drawn up by the Ticinese mason Adamo d’Arogno in 1212 but subsequently modified. The restrained north façade does not prepare one for the rich external decoration of the central apse. The austere interior was the setting for the opening of the Council on 13 December 1545. The piazza itself, with a pretty eighteenth-century fountain, is flanked by a number of fine buildings, including the much-restored Palazzo Pretorio, and, at the corner of the Via Belenzani, the Casa Bella, the façade of which with frescoes of c.
101 Places in Italy: A Private Grand Tour by Francis Russell