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The Most Beautiful Villages of Tuscany (The Most Beautiful Villages) Hardcover – September 17, 1995


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Product Details

  • Series: The Most Beautiful Villages
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; First Edition edition (September 17, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 050001664X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500016640
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 0.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With the recent popularity of such notable books as Frances Mayes' Under the Tuscan Sun and Elizabeth Romer's The Tuscan Year: Life and Food in an Italian Valley, a legion of new Italia fans are finding out what many already know: the charm of Tuscany cannot be denied. In The Most Beautiful Villages of Tuscany, author James Bentley and photographer Hugh Palmer offer a decidedly unique view of this remarkable region. Focusing on thirty-six villages and towns from all over Tuscany--chosen for "both their intrinsic beauty and for the part they have played in Tuscan history and culture"--the gorgeous full-color photographs, accompanied by superb accounts of each village, truly "bring the region to life, evoking the richness of architecture and landscape, and bringing out the charm of the Tuscan people." The final chapter is devoted to useful travel information, including passages on hotels and restaurants, market days and festivals, as well as a select bibliography and detailed map of the region. As beautiful as it is informative and entertaining, The Most Beautiful Villages of Tuscany is "the perfect visual tribute to the timeless beauty of these small towns and villages."

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“For anyone who’s ever dreamed of the warmth of Italy on a dark winter night.” (Entertainment Weekly) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Beautiful pictures, good descriptions, well set out.
penny king
If you're planning a trip through Tuscany this is a great picture book to use in determining which of the smaller towns you want to visit.
Terry Smith
Get this book, and start to imagine what it would be like to live in a community like these.
C W Preston

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

152 of 157 people found the following review helpful By "kingsransom" on January 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is more than a well-researched travel guide. It's also the most gorgeous tribute to Italy I've ever seen. I'm an Italian, living in Como, and have visited every one of the villages in the book and I can tell you, they are as gorgeous as the authors' interpretations. The photographs are some of the most beautiful I've ever seen, and, like a previous reviewer, I, too, get misty-eyed just looking at them. If you want to travel to Italy or just love Tuscany, you won't go wrong with this book!
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91 of 93 people found the following review helpful By D. Alexander on March 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This large format hard cover masterpiece squeezes all the natural beauty out of the Tuscan landscape. Hugh Palmer floods the pages with gigantic panoramic photos of almost forty villages in Tuscany, many of which are never visited by the average tourist. If nothing else, this book has convinced me to wander off the well-beaten tourist track to get a real taste of the rich landscape and architecture that hides there. This book is not only a magnificent inspiration for a magical tour of Tuscany, but after, the best possible way to remember the experience of being there.
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Rae Winther on November 27, 2000
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Don't leave this book on your coffee table. Take it anywhere you can dream. The pictures are so clear you can smell the air and run your hands over the bricks. The copy is crisp and well written. The perfect book to sit with in front of the fire, when the wind is howling and dream of warmer climates and clear skies.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7, 1998
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I enjoyed looking through this marvelous and enchanting book. Bentley captures the beauty of the Tuscan hill towns. As I look through the pages, I get teary-eyed reminiscing of my extraordinary experience while in Tuscany.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jared Bockoff on August 15, 2005
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I got this book because i'm an architectural designer and a client wanted a "Tuscany" look. I like to review the authentic background of design concepts as opposed to taking the marketplace for its word, I guess. So I got this book for reference. The book didn't actually arrive till after the initial design, but it was great confirmation that we went in the right direction. I get the feeling it is relatively complete and makes a great reference or coffee table book depending on your needs. I look forward to getting the rest of the collection for my library.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Phillips on March 3, 2006
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HAVING BEEN TO TUSCANY 4 TIMES AND OWNING MANY PHOTO BOOKS OF THE AREA, THIS BOOK IS "THE BEST".IT CAPTURES THE SOUL OF THE

VILLAGES AND COUNTRY SIDE. TO EXCEED THIS, HAVE TO BE THERE.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Terry Smith on October 24, 2004
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If you're planning a trip through Tuscany this is a great picture book to use in determining which of the smaller towns you want to visit. The book covers 36 smaller places and skips over large towns like Sienna and Orvieto. Each town also gets 3-5 paragraphs of very introductory text. The pictures are not postcard quality, but very modern with an "editorial travel" style giving you a good idea of what it will actually look like with you get there.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 6, 2004
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I ordered this book last week and received it this weekend. I opened the cover and never put it down. I am not Italian nor have I been to Italy but it is my dream. I am constantly telling my husband this would be the trip of a lifetime, but until that time comes, this is the book I will cherish....the one I will flip through and dream with. The architecture is what inspires me to go, to take my own pictures. The photographs in this book are.....well, breathtaking.....absolutely breathtaking. If you share this dream, you must buy this book.
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