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5 Books to Read before coming in Florence

5 Books to Read before coming in Florence

5 Books to Read before coming in Florence

Boccaccio, Dante and Machiavelli are probably the first authors who come to mind for those who want to read something interesting about Florence. But these are great classics in world literature, difficult to read and understand without proper preparation. Tuscan Feeling suggests you 5 Books to Read before coming in Florence.

5 Books to read before to come in Florence

5 Books to read before to come in Florence

E. M. Forster, A Room with a View (1908)

A timless classic written in 1908, but still full of passion. It tells the story of a young upper-middle class woman who leaves Edwardian England in order to visit Italy, Florence in particular, accompanied by her older cousin, Charlotte. Their life in Florence is a comparizon between the strict Victorian and the more liberal ways of living that were common in the city at time. It is a stylish and a very british photography of Florence in the first years of the XX century and it is still a great novel.

5 books to read before coming in Florence

5 books to read before coming in Florence

Frances Mayes, Under the Tuscan Sun, 1996

A great novel, easy to read and a great ‘reportage’ that gives a sense of Italian and tuscanian lifestyle. A classic American divorcee moves to Italy and restores an Italian villa. In our personal experience of real estate agents operating on the international market since 1997, we can tell you that this story is one of the many stories of our customers. You can not imagine how many people come to Tuscany from every country in the world and buy an apartment or a villa to enjoy the beauty of the landscape and the local lifestyle.

5 Books to Read before coming in Florence

5 Books to Read before coming in Florence

Christopher Hibbert, The House of Medici: Its Rise and Fall (1974)

The Medici family were influential for the history of Florence. This book by Hibbert is a classic that plunges into the depths of the history of the dynasty, which ruled in Florence for more than 4 centuries. Florence was a fiery powerful city-state. Medicis controlled every aspects of politics, science, art and religion in town and in the whole Europe. Under their influence were scientists and artists as Botticelli, Michelangelo, Buontalenti, Jean de Boulogne and Galileo.

Mary McCarthy, The Stones of Florence, 1959

Mary McCarthy, The Stones of Florence, 1959

Mary McCarthy, The Stones of Florence, 1959

A real tribute to Florence, that weaves Florentine culture, history, art, and architecture into a fully personal portrait of the city. Dante, Machiavelli, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci will have no secrets for you. Reading this book will introduce you to the complex history of one of the most influential town of Europe during the Renaissance, plus you will know many hidden aspects about Florence.

5 Books to Read before coming in Florence

5 Books to Read before coming in Florence

Lonely Planet, Florence & Tuscany, 2017

Where do you plan to go without a good guide? Lonely Planet is simply the best and among the few to guide you through a city full of things to see and know. It will be your salvation when choosing a restaurant, getting to know a museum schedule, understanding how to make a online booking. It will help you to understand the city’s lifestyle and where are the best place around for live music. Internet is helpfull – we all know it – but the great offer of Florence on the web may cost you hours and hours of readings with your tablet. Would you rather relax in front of a good glass of Chianti?

For your readings, Tuscan Feeling recommends one of its many apartments in the historic center or the hills of Florence:

Apt. CASA ORNELLA – 140 m2 – 1 e 2 floor (without elevator) – for 6 persons

Casa Ornella Apartment

Casa Ornella Apartment

Apt. LOUISE – 110 m2 – 1+ 2 piano floor (without elevator) – for 4 persons

Apartment Louise

Apartment Louise

Apt. CANNETO – 25 m2 – 1st floor (with elevator) – for 2 persons

Apartment Canneto

Apartment Canneto

Apt. IL CORNO – 85 m2 – 3nd floor (without elevator) – for 3 persons

Roger Apartment

Roger Apartment

Apt. ALOHA – 155 m2 – 1st floor (without elevator) – for 5 persons

Aloha Apartment

Aloha Apartment

Salva

Salva

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