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The book is written well for the most part, and for a general overview and a light read, it is entertaining. However, if you're looking for a resource in which to find information quickly, this book isn't it.
I had hoped to use this book for research into the details of daily life in Renaissance Italy, as its title suggests. Alas, these details are either not included or are hidden in the text with no way to find them easily. The index, for instance, has no entries for 'writing, 'roads,' 'furniture,' 'money,' 'trade,' 'education,' 'childbearing,' and many more items that would typically be ones a person wanting information about daily life might want to know about. The text may well contain such things, but they aren't apparent. As well, typically the information included is sparse: for instance, printing - one of the most important innovations in history, and hugely important in Venice during the 15th and 16th century - gets two pages of discussion.
Final thought: for a light entertaining overview of Renaissance life, it's fine; if you're looking for real information at your fingertips, probably not the best choice.