Hidden Tuscany

Hidden Tuscany

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

Book - 2014
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In Hidden Tuscany , acclaimed author John Keahey takes the reader into a part of Tuscany beyond the usual tourist destinations of Chianti, Florence, and Siena. The often overlooked western portion of Tuscany is rich with history, cuisine, and scenery begging to be explored, and Keahey encourages travelers to abandon itineraries and let the grooves in the road and the curves of the coast guide your journey instead.

Follow Keahey as he turns off the autostrada and takes roads barely two lanes wide to discover fishing villages along the Tuscan sea. Then move inland into rolling foothills adorned with cherry orchards, ancient olive groves, and sweeping vineyards that produce wines that challenge Chianti's best. Here it is still possible to follow the paths of Romans, Crusaders, and pilgrims from throughout the western world who were eager to reach Rome.

Hidden Tuscany provides intriguing images of places such as Livorno, a port city with canals; Pietrasanta, Tuscany's Citta d'Arte ; and Capraia, an island formed by volcanoes. Keahey engages with the inhabitants of these enchanting landscapes, whether sculptors who toil in marble studios or residents whose own memories and traditions illuminate major moments in world history.

From coastal towns to vineyards farther inland to the Tuscan archipelago, Keahey reminds us that each village, city, and island has its own unique story to tell. For armchair travelers and vacation seekers alike, Hidden Tuscany brings a new side of this classic Italian region to life, and the result is mesmerizing.

Publisher: New York :, Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press,, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250024312
1250024315
Branch Call Number: 914.5504 KEA NVD
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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