This easy-to-carry guide includes all the main cities of this exceptionally rich region of Italy: Venice, Padua, Verona and Vicenza. Also included are the shores of Lake Garda, the peaks of the Dolomites and the wetlands of the Po Delta. Author Alta Macadam explores the history, art, architecture and landscape of this beautiful area, iincluding carefully researched recommendations of hotels and restaurants.
Venice has been one of the world's leading destinations for the cultural traveler since the eighteenth-century Grand Tour: a romantic setting, rich in art history, created by a republic that was stable and prosperous for a thousand years.
Collects excerpts from letters, diaries and works of literature to celebrate the City of Bridges, in a cultural tour for visitors and armchair travelers that prefaces each entry with brief biographical and contextual notes. Original.
This guide to Venice, Italy provides an overview of sites that best capture the city's historic beauty and splendor as well as dining and hotel recommendations that highlight fantastic places off the beaten track. Original.
Martin Garrett explores the extraordinary history, art and architecture of Venice and the islands of the lagoon. Looking at the legacy of the city's Jewish, Greek, Slav and Armenian minorities, he recalls the exploits of such legendary figures as Casanova and Byron. He also assesses the successful struggle to preserve the city in the face of flood and corruption, and its important modern role as host of the Biennale and film festival.MARTIN GARRETT is the author of literary companions to Italy and Greece, and has written or edited a number of works on Renaissance and nineteenth-century writers, including Sidney, Byron and the Brownings
A Guide to the Best Non-Fiction and Fiction for Travelling
Author: Compiled by Sarah Anderson
Category: Literary Criticism
A selection of the best in travel writing, with both fiction and non-fiction presented together, this companion is for all those who like travelling, like to think about travelling, and who take an interest in their destination. It covers guidebooks as well as books about food, history, art and architecture, religion, outdoor activities, illustrated books, autobiographies, biographies and fiction and lists books both in and out of print. Anderson's Travel Companion is arranged first by continent, then alphabetically by country and then by subject, cross-referenced where necessary. There is a separate section for guidebooks and comprehensive indexes. Sarah Anderson founded the Travel Bookshop in 1979 and is also a journalist and writer on travel subjects. She is known by well-known travel writers such as Michael Palin and Colin Thubron. Michael Palin chose her bookshop as his favourite shop and Colin Thubron and Geoffrey Moorhouse, among others, made suggestions for titles to include in the Travel Companion.
Containing a voluminous and detailed directory of useful information as well as informative and engaging essays on traveling in the '90s, this book is the quintessential traveler's companion and the ultimate resource for what you need to know to go anywhere.
The acclaimed author of A Monster’s Notes delivers a novel that’s “compelling, mysterious and hard to shake . . . utterly one of a kind” (Junot Díaz). Following on the heels of her exciting and widely praised A Monster’s Notes, and with Sheck’s characteristic brilliance of language, Island of the Mad follows the solitary, hunchbacked Ambrose A., as he sets out on a mysterious journey to Venice in search of a lost notebook he knows almost nothing about. Eventually he arrives in San Servolo, the Island of the Mad, in the Venetian Lagoon, only a few minutes boat-ride from Venice. At the island’s old, abandoned hospital which has been turned into a conference center, he discovers a mess of papers in a drawer, and among them the correspondence and notes of two of the island’s former inhabitants—a woman with a rare genetic illness which causes the afflicted to gradually become unable to sleep until, increasingly hallucinatory and feverish, they essentially die of sleeplessness; and her friend, a man who experiences epileptic seizures. As the sleepless woman’s eyesight fails, she wants only one thing—that her friend read to her from Dostoevsky’s great novel, The Idiot, a book she loves but can no longer read herself. As Ambrose follows their strange tale, everything he has ever known or thought is called into question. “If there is one thing to take away from the powerful collage of allusions, imagery, and lyricism in Laurie Sheck’s Island of the Mad, it is the fundamental importance of human connection . . . [a] warm and lyrical narrative.” —Los Angeles Review of Books