Francesco's Italy

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BBC, 2006 - History - 216 pages
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Following the success of Francesco's Venice, Francesco da Mosto ventures further afield, this time taking in all of Italy. As he visits the spectacular lakes and fashionable cities of the north and passes through the hills of Tuscany beforeheading south towards Rome, Naples, and Palermo, he celebrates the country's art and cultureits cathedrals, churches, palaces, opera houses, paintings, sculpture, music, and cuisine. Introducing us to many of the figures who populate the country's rich and vibrant history, his journey also takes in Italian society as it is today. Splendidly illustrated with John Parker's breathtaking color photos and enlivened with marvelous anecdotes about his family and the fascinating characters he meets along the way, Francesco's Italy is the story of both the country we all know and love and the secret Italy only an insider can reveal."

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Francesco's Italy: A Personal Journey through Italian Culture - Past and Present

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Venetian architect, historian, and filmmaker Da Mosto (Francesco's Venice ) successfully assembles a wonderfully entertaining and educational companion to the BBC television presentation of the same ... Read full review

About the author (2006)

da Mosto is an architect, historian, film maker and Venetian citizen. His busy studio in venice has designed and supervised many restoration projects, as well as participating in local and international design competitions.

John Parker, a writer and journalist all his working life, has written three dozen books and published more than 75 editions worldwide in his long career, including many acclaimed military and investigative projects, as well as numerous high-profile biographies. His books have been noted for their wealth of personal recollections from those at the sharp end of military activity, and he has relied upon their testimony, gathered from either personal interviews or documentary and tape-recorded accounts recovered from regimental and national archives in Britain, Europe and America, acquiring in the process an outstanding personal record of human endeavor and inventiveness that has abounded, wherever and whenever the need became pressing. Of particular interest was the unprecedented access he was given on approval from the Ministry of Defense for his history of the security-conscious Special Boat Service, for which he was able to interview many former and existing members of that organization which famously combined the use of Special Forces and submarines during World War II and beyond. Other titles in his published list include The Silent Service: The Inside Story of the Royal Navy's Submarine Heroes, Royal Marines Commandos, and Death of a Hero: Captain Robert Nairac GC and the Undercover War in Northern Ireland.

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