Italy's Cities: 2000-2009
Call Number: DG430.2 .I85 2009 In English
Venice: Serene, Decadent and Still Kicking: Sorting through the monuments of magical Venice, Rick drinks in the art of Titian, Bellini, Donatello, and the Doge's Palace. He luxuriates in a venerable cafe on St. Mark's Square, and enjoys calamari with locals in a canal-side pub.
Venice Side-Trips: The Best of Veneto: Pulling on hip boots, Rick settles into the muck of the Venetian lagoon. Back on the mainland, he checks out a chapel restoration in Padova, Palladian-style streets and villas in Vicenza, romance in Verona, and dazzling mosaics in Ravenna.
Milan and Lake Como: In Milan Rick takes a peek at Italy's highest fashion, fanciest delis, grandest cemetery and greatest opera house... and Leonardo's The Last Supper. Then he cruises along Lake Como, settling down in the lakeside village of Varenna, where Italy meets the Alps.
Florence: City of Art: Rick looks into the eyes of Michelangelo's David, learns tricks for touring the Uffizi art gallery, and climbs the amazing cathedral dome that kicked off the Renaissance. Then he chases the sunset on a Vespa, and sleeps serenely in a converted monastery.
Caesar's Rome: Rome welcomes the new millennium spiffed up as never before. Rick tours Rome's ancient sights from the Forum and Colosseum to the glorious Pantheon. Then, after hiking the Appian Way and exploring the catacombs, he tracks down the best gelato in Rome.
Rome: Baroque, After Dark: After a pilgrimage to Michelangelo's Pieta, Rick climbs to the top of St. Peter's Basilica. At the Borghese Gallery, he vies exquisite sculptures by the master of marble, Bernini. Then he takes an after-dark stroll, lacing together Rome's Baroque and bubbly nightspots.
Naples and Pompeii: Naples is Italy in the extreme. Rick prowls backstreet fish markets, dodges fast-moving Vespas, and dines on pizza where it was invented. He climbs to the top of Mount Vesuvius, then wanders through the amazing ruins of Pompeii, the Roman town it destroyed.