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One Hundred & One Beautiful Small Towns in Italy (101 Beautiful Small Towns) Hardcover – October 29, 2004


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Product Details

  • Series: 101 Beautiful Small Towns
  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (October 29, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847826376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847826377
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paolo Lazzarin is a journalist and photographer living and working in Milan. He has contributed to numerous Italian and international newspapers and has coauthored several books on photography, tourism, and sports.

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Beautiful book with great photos and good discriptions.
Sandy
The book has beautiful pictures of places in Italy that we have visited.
Virginia
A very Beautiful book that was a gift to a friend who loves Italy.
A. K. McGhee

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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 16, 2004
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ONE HUNDRED AND ONE BEAUTIFUL SMALL TOWNS OF ITALY is a lavishly illustrated insider's look at the Italy as known to Italians. Writer Paolo Lazzarin took on this project of focusing on the secret treasures within Italy and wrote it for Italians. Now Rizzoli has released it internationally and all of us who love this most romantic of countries are the richer for this guidebook.

Lazzarin has divided his book into the multiple regions of Italy from the north to the south and shows us all the hidden small towns that are in the regions of the famous cities such as Venice, Milan, Florence, Siena, and Rome. He is careful to acknowledge the influence of these cities we all know, but at the same time he graces each of the 101 towns with descriptions of the land the architecture, the artisans, the foods, and the special places that provide a strong magnet to the reader.

Many of the towns names are familiar, but only because the names appear on cheeses, wines, olive oil, and trinkets! Yet in this book the towns of Spoleto, San Gimignano, Arezzo, Gallipoli, Portofino, Gubbio, Ischia, Modena, Aosta and all the others come to life in warm prose and breathtaking photography.

This special book is illuminating as a resource guide for the next voyage to Italia; it also is one of the more beautiful gift books for treasured friends and loved ones on the market today! Grady Harp, November 2004.
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132 of 152 people found the following review helpful By Bill Marsano on November 25, 2004
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By Bill Marsano. An old Italian pastime is the compiling of lists of the 'cento citta'--the hundred most appealing Italian cities and towns. Candidates should be small enough for intimacy but big enough to afford urban pleasures. They needn't be sunk in wilderness but countryside should certainly be at hand. Agreeable climate? Another plus. The lists are always highly personal and endlessly debatable, and here's Paolo Lazzarin, journalist and photographer, with his own nominations. He outdoes tradition by selecting 101 towns, all, per the subtitle, beautiful and small.

And all in all, he does a pretty good job; certainly this book will help the Italy-lorn struggle through a long winter of discontent with being too far from the Blessed Peninsula. And, as Jane Austen wrote, or should have, "It is a truth universally acknowledged that staring at pictures of Italy never did a body any harm." The photos are the principal part and appeal of the book; this is not a survey course ("Italy: From the Etruscans to Berlusconi"). There is an abundance of them but I could wish more were better and/or better chosen.

Some do not illustrate, others do not evoke, and still others are well-worn tourist-office images. For example, here you'll get no hint of what Riva del Garda actually looks like, and still less of Faenza, which is represented only by its famous ceramics. In San Remo, must we see the casino--again? The entry for Valenza has an extended caption about a nature reserve sitting beside a large and ordinary shot of a palazzo's interior staircase.

As for the writing, the best I can say is that it avoids the customary excesses; Italians are too often overwhelmed by patrimony and resort to cheerleading in prose form. On the other hand, Lazzarin is mechanical, unspired.
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A. K. McGhee on October 19, 2005
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A very Beautiful book that was a gift to a friend who loves Italy. The detailed, colorful pictures are a pleasure for the eyes. Highly recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Kadagidze on April 21, 2009
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"101 Beautiful Small Towns of Italy" is not a guide book in the strict sense of the word. It is a wonderful coffee table book you should always keep there in order to browse through and get pleasure from the beautiful photos of all those beautiful towns. It is divided according to historical regions of Northern, Central and Southern Italy, as well as the islands. It gives you a host of the facts about the history and culture of the towns. And their histories are so entertwined, you get the history of Italy in miniature.
But the book also gives such extensive information about what to see in these towns and around them, what and where to eat, where and what to shop for,as well as a lot of advice about places to stay, that you really can use it as a guide book.
Highly recommended for everybody who enjoys travelling and beautiful photography.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Readz Alot VINE VOICE on November 14, 2008
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A lovely book with lovely pictures.

However, the title is a bit misleading. The author's definition of 'small town' is ... different. He apaprently defines anything smaller and less touristed than Rome/Venice/Milan/Florence as a 'small town' and an 'undiscovered gem/off the beaten track' So his list includes not only truely 'small towns' like Lucca and Portfino, but metropolises of half a million people (Catania, Trieste) and large cities (100,000+) that are well known to the tourist hoards (Pisa, Verona, Siena, Perugia). He also includes some heavily touristed islands (Capri, Ischia, Elba) and one city where NOBODY lives (Pompeii).

So, enjoy browsing the pictures, but don't expect to find more than half a dozen truly 'undiscovered gems' among his 101 choices.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By margaret on April 26, 2012
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This is a lovely book containing all of my favorite towns in Italy....plus many more that I can't wait to see!!! I bought this book as a gift for a friend, but after seeing this book, I need to have a copy for myself!!!

Belissimo!!!
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