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 worthwhile 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 the event you need to know approximately greater than the most obvious attractions.
As good as comprehensively overlaying the best attractions within the significant vacationer facilities of Rome, Florence, Venice, and in other places, Francis Russell discusses and describes the ignored, or little-known, masterpieces which are nonetheless to be came upon the size and breadth of the Italian peninsula. In a e-book that might train 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 supply a richly textured portrait of a rustic the place the heritage and styles of civilization lie extra thickly than anyplace else on earth.
This booklet will immeasurably improve and enhance the visitor's adventure of the main visited kingdom on the planet, through advantage of its sensitivity, its knowledge, and its deep wisdom, and via its brilliant, eloquent, and exciting exposition.
About the Author:
Francis Russell was once informed at Oxford and has traveled in Italy for over fifty years. he's at present Deputy Chairman of Christie's, focusing on previous grasp work, and has written a variety of books, articles and experiences on, frequently, Italian topics. Russell is additionally the writer of areas in Turkey and locations in Syria.
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In passing, it could be interesting to compare the dietary habits of the Italian nobility with those of the nobles of other countries. Obviously, this is not easy because of the great variety of cases and the difﬁculty in ﬁnding documentation. 50 Many similarities emerge: ﬁrst, a strong and continuous consumption of meat, and of the most select cuts (apart from local products such as vegetables and olive oil); second, the presence of some exotic and often costly products, such as citrus fruits, rice, and cod as well as chocolate, sugar, and various spices.
10 This state of affairs was conﬁrmed by a succession of agricultural surveys following the attainment of national unity, starting with the famous one by Senator Stefano Jacini, the right-wing politician who recalled the peasants’ centuries-old poverty this way: The cultivators of the soil, sometimes poorly, sometimes badly nourished and housed, exposed to many diseases, certainly led a material existence quite inferior compared to the current one, but neither they themselves nor others thought that their condition could be better.
The statistics inform us that meat consumption in the 1870s was about 15 kilograms per capita (of which only a third was beef), with great regional variations, as against the 127 kilograms of wheat and 70 kilograms of the less valued cereals (corn, paddy, and rye). Thus, grains—together with potatoes, legumes, and little else—constituted the basis of the daily meal for most Italians. Even as late as the 1880s, almost ﬁve thousand municipal districts reported that meat consumption in their territories was scarce and restricted Th e L u x u ry o f t h e A r i s to c r ac y 19 to the more afﬂuent.