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A Wanderer in Florence   By: (1868-1938)

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In "A Wanderer in Florence" by Edward V. Lucas, readers are transported to the enchanting city of Florence, Italy. The author takes us on a fascinating journey through time, art, and culture, allowing us to experience the city through his eyes.

Lucas's vivid descriptions paint a vivid picture of Florence, its streets, and its iconic landmarks. Whether he is exploring the narrow cobblestone streets of the city or wandering through the magnificent art galleries, Lucas manages to capture the essence of Florence in every page. His attention to detail is exceptional, transporting readers to the city's Renaissance glory.

What sets this book apart is Lucas's profound knowledge and love for Italian art and history. He effortlessly weaves tales of Florence's most famous artists and their works into his narrative, providing readers with a deeper understanding of the city's cultural significance. From Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus" to Michelangelo's "David," each masterpiece comes to life through Lucas's eloquent words.

Moreover, Lucas's encounters with the locals add a personal touch to the book. As he interacts with Florentines from all walks of life, their stories and perspectives bring Florence to life beyond its historical grandeur. Through his conversations, Lucas captures the spirit of the city and the people who call it home.

While "A Wanderer in Florence" is a treasure trove of information, it is not merely a guidebook. Lucas's writing style is engaging and accessible, making it an enjoyable read for both art enthusiasts and casual travelers alike. His passion for Florence is contagious, leaving readers eager to explore the city and discover its hidden gems.

If there is any drawback to this book, it is perhaps the slight historical bias that occasionally seeps into Lucas's narrative. While understandable given his fascination with the Renaissance, some aspects of Florence's past are given more weight than others. However, this is a minor criticism that does not overshadow the overall excellence of the book.

In conclusion, "A Wanderer in Florence" is a captivating tribute to one of the most remarkable cities in the world. Edward V. Lucas's passion for Florence shines through his prose, as he takes readers on an unforgettable journey through its streets, artworks, and history. This book is a must-read for anyone planning a trip to Florence or seeking a deeper appreciation for its cultural heritage.

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By E.V. Lucas


A sentence from a "Synthetical Guidebook" which is circulated in the Florentine hotels will express what I want to say, at the threshold of this volume, much better than could unaided words of mine. It runs thus: "The natural kindness, the high spirit, of the Florentine people, the wonderful masterpieces of art created by her great men, who in every age have stood in the front of art and science, rivalize with the gentle smile of her splendid sky to render Florence one of the finest towns of beautiful Italy". These words, written, I feel sure, by a Florentine, and therefore "inspirated" (as he says elsewhere) by a patriotic feeling, are true; and it is my hope that the pages that follow will at once fortify their truth and lead others to test it.

Like the synthetical author, I too have not thought it necessary to provide "too many informations concerning art and history," but there will be found a few, practically unavoidable, in the gathering together of which I have been indebted to many authors: notably Vasari, Symonds, Crowe and Cavalcaselle, Ruskin, Pater, and Baedeker. Among more recent books I would mention Herr Bode's "Florentine Sculptors of the Renaissance," Mr. F.M. Hyett's "Florence," Mr. E.L.S. Horsburgh's "Lorenzo the Magnificent" and "Savonarola," Mr... Continue reading book >>

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