The Land of Piceno: The Life and Times of Le Marche, Italy
Indigenous peoples cancelled by a burgeoning empire. Devastating earthquakes level ancient monuments. Marauding invaders loot and pillage art treasures. And yet, verdant hillsides ripple with vineyards and olive groves. The dramatic blue Sibillini Mountains shelter shepherds, freedom fighters, and necromancers. Lined with palms and orange trees, the luxurious Adriatic coast is monitored by medieval towers and pagan temples. This is the Land of Piceno--Le Marche, Italy--whose founding symbol, Picus, sacred woodpecker of Mars, guides us through the vicissitudes of time.
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I’m in the process of reading this fascinating book. For many people when they think of Italy, they think of Rome, Venice, Florence or other “busy” spots. Now, I’m not demeaning these cities as I too have traveled to Italy and stayed in Rome. This was due to time restrictions and other factors. This book I think is a must read for all lovers of Italy. You can tell the writers have been to the very places they write about and they do so with love. While this is a historical book, it doesn’t read like some boring and bland academic book. From what I’ve read so far, I’m learning things about Italy and it’s people I never knew about. With this book being an easy read and so enjoyable, I’m thinking of my next trip to Italy will entail using this book as a tour guide! I will update my review when I finish reading this great book. Until then, happy reading!