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A Traveller in Italy

4.3  ·  Rating Details ·  92 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
The Tuscan landscape, writes H. V. Morton, "is embroidered everywhere by human living, and there is scarcely a hill, a stream, a grove of trees, without its story of God, of love or death." Morton's stories and observations of Tuscany, Lombardy, Emilia, and Veneto, whether relating to the fantastic reconstruction of the La Scala opera house or the superstitious lovers at J ...more
Paperback, 640 pages
Published March 28th 2002 by Da Capo Press (first published 1964)
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May 13, 2007 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Italophiles, travel writers
Shelves: italy
This book was given to me as a gift years ago (in 2000 maybe?) and I'd read the first few chapters without really getting into it. Recently, though, I picked it up and couldn't put it down. Morton is one of the best travel writers of the 20th century, able to nimbly weave together anecdotes with carefully researched history into one compelling travel narrative. It's as though the smartest person you know spent several years studying history, archaeology, art, religion, gastronomy, and geography ...more
Mar 22, 2012 Caroline rated it liked it
Henry Vollum Morton (how could I resist his full name?) did not cover the whole of Italy in his travels here, but rather a chunk in the middle of the country.

He writes with such knowledge I presumed he was an historian, but he was a journalist, working for The Express and The Times in London. His learning melts seamlessly into the writing – which is effortlessly peppered with history, art, architecture, anecdotes, observations and meetings with different people.

I found the book rather patchy th
Aug 06, 2013 Olga rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Каждый город — музей под открытым небом, в каждом соборе — фрески, картины и статуи работы великих мастеров, каждое блюдо местной кухни — настоящее произведение искусства, у каждого дня в году — собственный святой-покровитель, каждое название и едва ли не каждое слово звучит как музыка… Все это — Италия, la bella Italia, земля, подарившая миру Рим и Венецию, Флоренцию и Милан, Цезаря и Катона, Вергилия и Горация, Леонардо и Микеланджело, Челлини и Казанову, водопровод и бани, спагетти и пиццу —
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Mar 02, 2016 keith koenigsberg rated it really liked it
Shelves: traveladventure
Morton wrote about a dozen books about faraway lands, traveling the world in the 1920's through the 1960's, and I am a big fan of his work. His perspective is non-modern, and his description of places, mostly European, verges on the 19th century in it's eye for the continuity of history and culture - Morton will visit a villa, meet the descendants of an Opera singer or political figure, describe at length the interrelations of royal European bloodlines, the comings and goings of Popes and Prince ...more
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Oct 17, 2013 Anton Tomsinov rated it really liked it
Despite the age, still a better guide for history lovers than regular travel guides. Renaissance fanatics like me will find enough minor mistakes but that's Ok, for the overall tone of the author is incredibly pleasant and very British. Also good for having a taste of the golden post-war Europe.
Minus one star only for pages devoted to Englishmen of 19th century in Italy and to saints, because I am not interested in 19th century and st. Francis has my deep contempt, not affection.
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Mar 10, 2016 Lisa Kramer Taruschio rated it it was amazing
This and the accompanying voume, A Traveller in Southern Italy, are the best travel books on Italy that I have ever found. They are anecdotal and consistently fascinating and readable. Too bad I discovered later that the British author was anti-semitic and a nasty piece of work. But these two volumes are amazing.
Jun 14, 2007 Clarke rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Stunningly creates what it was actually like to be in Italy. Talks about the history and stories of the land.
Dec 21, 2010 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: c20th, britain, travel
A great book to read before travelling to Italy, full of interesting snippets and fascinating to compare with what you see there now.
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Henry Canova Vollam (H. V.) Morton, FRSL, was a journalist and pioneering travel writer from Lancashire, England, best known for his prolific and popular books on Britain and the Holy Land. He first achieved fame in 1923 when, while working for the Daily Express, he scooped the official Times correspondent during the coverage of the opening of the Tomb of Tutankhamon by Howard Carter in Egypt.

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