In this guide, John Freely brings Venice to life in a series of walks over mysterious bridges, through labyrinthine streets and into strange, almost inaccessible squares. Along with a topographical account of the lagoon, a summary history, visits to the islands, detailed descriptions of the Piazza San Marco, Basilica and Ducal Palace, he visits around 300 palazzi and all the city's 115 churches and 33 museums, as well as listing a wide range of hotels and restaurants and itineraries of the Vaporetto lines. He takes readers on a church-by-church and palazzo-by-palazzo boat tour of the Grand Canal to show us the buildings once linked with Byron and Browning, Monet and Maugham, Vivaldi and Wagner. And he includes full lists of doges, artists and architects, and opening hours.
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John Freely (1926 - 2017) was born in New York and joined the US Navy at the age of seventeen, serving during the last two years of World War II. He had a PhD in physics from New York University and did post-doctoral studies in the history of science at Oxford. He was for many years professor of physics at Bosphorus University in Istanbul, where he taught physics and the history of science. He wrote more than forty books, including Light from the East: How the Science of Medieval Islam Helped Shape the Western World (I.B.Tauris, 2010), The Grand Turk, Storm on Horseback, Children of Achilles, The Cyclades,The Ionian Islands (all I.B.Tauris), Crete, The Western Shores of Turkey, Strolling through Athens, Strolling through Venice and the bestselling Strolling through Istanbul (all Tauris Parke Paperbacks).Review:
PRAISE FOR JOHN FREELY'S OTHER BOOKS
Strolling Through Athens
*A magnificent walking guide to the city...His knowledge is encyclopaedic...he brings the millenniums of history alive. If you want a cultural guide to the ancient city, this is the one for you.* Anthony Sattin, *Books of the Week*, Sunday Times
Strolling Through Istanbul
*...a classic. The best travel guide to Istanbul* The Times
The Western Shores of Turkey
*...Enchanting guide...a work of genuine scholarship, lightly worn and charmingly conveyed. I fell in love with the book and stayed enamoured until the final page.* Paul Bailey, The Sunday Times
Inside the Seraglio
*Freely provides a fascinating, easy-to-follow overview, beautifully researched and riveting in its detail.* Christopher Fowler, Independent on Sunday
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140146512
Book Description Penguin Books, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110140146512