Italy by Olivier Bernier
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From the Veneto in the north, Emiglia Romana in the centre, to Puglia and Sicily in the south, each of the twenty regions of Italy is distinct in its food, language, history, and people. Experience every remarkable corner of this favourite travel destination in a lavishly illustrated volume that brings its diversity and richness to life with authority and verve. Tour thirteenth-century castles perched on dolomite peaks in the north, hear tales of life among Rome's ancient landmarks and equally ancient apartments, relish the unbelievable diversity Sicily has achieved through having been occupied by more foreign powers than anywhere else on the Italian peninsula, and more. Essays full of history, philosophical ruminations, humorous anecdotes, cultural musings, and useful travel information - in short, the best of The New York Times talent - will make you want to drop everything and fly to this land that continues to inspire writers, artists, and the casual visitor alike. In addition, some of the most striking photographs include an arial image of Castel Sant' Angelo and the Tiber River, the Spanish Steps and Piazza Navona in Rome, Byzantine mosaics in Villa del Casale in Sicily and the striking gothic facade of Milan's Duomo

About Olivier Bernier

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First a semiotician at the University of Bologna, and a leading figure in contemporary Italian culture, Eco brought semiotics to fiction in his first novel, The Name of the Rose (1980). This unexpected international best-seller employs the techniques of a detective novel along with sophisticated postmodern narrative and verbal conundrums, to recount a series of murders in a medieval monastery. Eco's fascination with the Middle Ages began when he was a student at the University of Torino, where he wrote his doctoral thesis (1954) on St. Thomas Aquinas. The Name of the Rose (1980) won the Premio Strega and the Premio Anghiar awards in 1981, as well as numerous international awards. His title The Prague Cementary made The New York Times best seller list for 2011.
Published May 1, 2005 by Harry N. Abrams. 414 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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