Florence: The Biography of a City
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This book is as captivating as the city itself. Hibbert's gift is weaving political, social and art history into an elegantly readable and marvellously lively whole. The author's book on Florence will also be at once a history and a guide book and will be enhanced by splendid photographs and illustrations and line drawings which will describe all teh buildings and treasures of the city.
Petrarch, were installed in the ground-floor arcades of the Uffizi. By the summer of 1830 – when he presided over a splendid fiesta in the Boboli Gardens, walking through the large assembly and talking amicably to his guests – the Grand Duke Leopold had become almost as popular as his father, though he did not create so favourable an impression upon foreign visitors to Florence. James Fenimore Cooper found him agreeable enough when he was granted an audience at the Pitti Palace. ‘He gave me a
capital of the kingdom with mixed feelings. As officials and functionaries took trains from Turin for Italy's new capital, shopkeepers and rentiers, hoteliers and lodging-house keepers looked forward to making profits from increased sales, inflated prices and higher rents. But those who could not depend upon a rise in their standard of living looked askance upon the new arrivals, deriding their strange Torinese accents, disliking their women, who showed off their dresses and jewels as they drove
all that I have dreamed and more,’ she wrote to a friend. Here I have attained the old world feeling I used to dream about, a sort of enthusiasm made up of history, mythology, old churches, pictures, statues, vineyards, the Italian sky, dark-eyed peasants, opera music, Raphael and old Michael, and ever so many more ingredients – the whole, I think, has taken me pretty well off my feet! Perhaps I ought to add Henry James. He has been perfectly charming to me for the last three weeks. He took her
and the good cook bears Home again all that the kitchen needs. And when the time comes for fruit to be sold at fairs Girls from the country pack their baskets high With ripe round figs and grapes, peaches and pears. If you try repartee with them, they won't be shy, And some of them, brighter than florins, shine With flowers from gardens that they tend near by. No garden, though, ever looked half as fine As the Mercato Vecchio does when spring is here. It feeds the eye and taste of every
stock, outdid them all by having a bust of himself placed on his façade. While many fine palaces were built to grace Florence in the fifteenth century – it has been estimated that over a hundred were begun in the second half of the century alone – the city had losses to count as well as gains. Many smaller houses were destroyed in the process and whole neighbourhoods changed their characters. Streets which had formerly contained craftsmen's shops and studios were now occupied entirely by