Fine. English text. Roma, 2010; paperback, pp. 160, col. ill., cm 16, 5x16, 5. (Arti Visive, Architettura e Urbanistica). A journey across the country to discover the simple houses and splendid royal palaces chosen from amongst the many stately homes and mansions Italy has to offer. Houses selected not only for their beauty or the fame and importance of their inhabitants, but because they tell a story-always different, always captivating. The house museums illustrated in this book are divided according to type (Houses of famous people, Collector's Houses, Houses of "Beauty", Houses that have witnessed historic events, Houses chosen by a community, Stately Homes, Royal Palaces and places of power, Houses of the Clergy, Ethno-Anthropological Houses). There is a different itinerary for each house, giving the visitor an insider's guide to Italian culture, its arts, crafts, music and poetry as well as its gastronomic traditions and art of living. The book not only suggests a new way to visit these museums-which increasingly meet and satisfy the new expectations of a growing and varied public-but it also gives the reader a tool to make their own tourist itineraries far from the madding crowd.
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