Hidden Tuscany

Hidden Tuscany

Discovering Art, Culture, and Memories in A Well-known Region's Unknown Places

Book - 2014
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Hidden Tuscany vividly displays the coastal areas of Tuscany, a territory often overlooked by visitors to Italy eager to see Chianti, Florence or Siena. Veteran journalist and Italophile John Keahey points out the keen distinctions that the western cities maintain: in food, lifestyle, and the way its artists are paving new directions in art that differ mightily from the Renaissance-rich interior. Keahey interviews sculptors and their artigiani, craftsmen and women who toil in the marble studios, eating their lunch in workers' clubs and cafes. From beach locales such as Viareggio, to Livorno (which has Venetian-style canals), modern Orbetello and the seven islands of the Tuscan Archipelago, Keahey reveals beaches rich in European visitors and magnificent medieval villages that rarely see outsiders. The larger, better-known Tuscan coastal city Pisa can even surprise a curious visitor with places of solitude. Keahey's previous books on Italy have always received widespread and complimentary review coverage--garnering praise for the depth of his research and his comprehensive analysis. Travelers instantly flock to books about Tuscany, and this one promotes towns and villages that are often missed by tourists, letting readers in on these 'secret' destinations. For armchair travelers or vacation seekers, Hidden Tuscany puts a very human face on the region in Keahey's discussion of food, history and language.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250024312
1250024315
Branch Call Number: 945.5 K192
Characteristics: xix, 296 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm

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Dec 07, 2016

NOT ALL OF US HAS a PHD . I HAVING BEEN THERE 4 X FOUND IT VERY INSITEFUL ON WHAT I AS A LOCAL TOURIST WAS LOOkING FOR, REALLYoff THE BEATEN PATH. THANKS FOR ALOT OF SMALL VILLAGE LOCAL INSITE AS I SET OUT FOR 5TH TIME .P

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durogoff
Jul 04, 2016

Maybe the worst book on Tuscany I ever started to read. (Full disclosure: I hold a PhD on a Tuscan subject, lived over a year there and speak native-level Italian).
The author does not even speak Italian, and misses most everything that any hidden Tuscany lover would put up high in the list, just giving a list of his haphazard wanderings, where he choses minor points over outstanding lesser known ones. One example: he mentions Calci, where he was "chewing on soft local bread I picked up in a tiny market... along with slices of local salami..." etc., etc., but ignores the wonderful former Carthusian monastery, now the Museum of Natural History and of the Territory of the University of Pisa located... in Calci.

morningstarfarm Mar 05, 2015

Overall a good read, written like a novel and travel guidebook combined. Can appreciate his experiences of getting to know the "locals".

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