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In Hidden Tuscany, acclaimed author John Keahey takes the reader into a part of Tuscany beyond the usual tourist destinations of Chianti, Florence, and Siena. The often overlooked western portion of Tuscany is rich with history, cuisine, and scenery begging to be explored, and Keahey encourages travelers to abandon itineraries and let the grooves in the road and the curves ...more
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published July 15th 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published June 10th 2014)
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Greg
Oct 02, 2014 rated it liked it
I received this book as a Goodreads First Reads giveway. Having just visited Italy a couple of years ago, many of the places I visited were still fresh in my mind. Italy, and Tuscany in particular, leaves you wanting to see more. The history and culture is so rich, and there are so many things to see and do, that to be a tourist there is to hit the highlights. Keahey’s objective in this book is to talk about the other things that the tourist knows they are missing, but just can’t fit into the va ...more
Barbara Switzer
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
John Keahey writes well. His appreciative descriptions of Tuscany's small villages in out of the way places makes me want to go back and take time to explore. He purposefully goes, as he says, "far from the madding crowd". Even though he eventually visits Pisa he wanders into the center of town away from the crush of tourists to discover small churches containing beautiful art. He weaves history into conversations with villagers and always takes time to stop, sip a caffe, and enjoy the people an ...more
Coleen Dailey
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a great read. I would love to be able to do what this author did - take six months and just immerse yourself in a region you wanted to get to know better. While my dream trip to Tuscany would include parts of Eastern Tuscany and the high tourist areas like Florence and such, it is because I have never been there. Spending the day exploring history, art, culture, eating the local cuisine is my idea of a great trip. I do hope to get there some day and maybe I will get to some of these places.
Cindy K
Lots of detail on that subregions history which is facinating, but slow reading. Would like to take out again, venture furthur into the book. It might be one to read a chapter at a time, returning to every half year.
Autumn
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Slow going but maybe some good tips for our trip.
Kathy Cohen
Jul 26, 2014 rated it liked it
I received this book free as a review copy. I was delighted to discover that this book describes an area of Tuscany around Camaiore where I spent a week a few years ago. At that time I rushed through all the touristy sites, Florence, Pisa, Lucca, etc. This author spent almost six months in the area, leisurely exploring the non-tourist mobbed sites (lucky him!). Not a travel guidebook, not a travelogue, but this book is an in-depth discovery of the immensely interesting Tuscan region. The author ...more
Katie
Jan 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, travel-memoirs
John Keahey sets out across western Tuscany eating pasta, drinking caffé, and enjoying cornetto after cornetto. The pace of the book is slow, but it felt appropriate. Keahey drives across Tuscany, weaving through villages and dutifully avoiding the autoroutes. He describes landscapes, food, and includes historical anecdotes related to the locations. I liked the book and felt a familiar joyful feeling related to traveling and Italy while reading. But I will not remember much of this book in 3 mon ...more
Paul
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
I thought I would love this book but honestly it was thoroughly disappointing. The book is poorly organized and follows no real narrative. At best it feels like going over to your uncles house and watching his slide show of abstract photos and history lessons. He saw beautiful places but you are really just wondering how long it is going to drone on. Keahny shows in the afterword that he is capable of strong, emotive writing, unfortunately for the reader this is the only place he employs it.

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Rachel Rogers
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Couldn't get into this one. Sounded fascinating but instead felt clunky and awkward to read. Why is it, that travel writing about Tuscany always feels pretentious to me? I cut my travel reading teeth on Peter Mayle's Provence books and the writing of books on Tuscany always seem to read like Frances Mayse's books and don't hold my interest. Names of roads and route numbers, descriptions of where things are in relation to other, Italian words thrown in. Those are all trademarks of travel writing ...more
Carroll Larremore
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book as a give away from Goodreads. It was great. It's full of information and enjoyed it so much that my husband and I may plan a trip to Tuscany based on this book. We were in Rome last year as well as a number of other places in Europe...this book would have been helpful then. Kearney offers a lot of historical information while, at the same time, writes in such a way that makes one want to pack bags and head to Tuscany.
I also loved the quotes he placed at the beginning of th
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Georgene
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
My copy was a large print addition which had 395 pg.

I found this book hard to get through. I've read a number of books on Tuscany by Francis Mayes. Her books make you feel the cobblestones beneath your feet as you "walk" along with her in her travels. This book, while covering a different area of Tuscany than Mayes has, was a grind to get through. Nonetheless, there were interesting parts in it that had me fascinated.
Janet
May 11, 2015 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book - very informative about the Italy most do not see - the western coast of Tuscany - all the little towns and villages. So much history in that area that is mostly visited by Europeans - not Americans so much. Told of a lot of Etruscan sites, and history. Makes you want to be more adventurous in your travels - far from the maddening crowd!!

Julie
Dec 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: italy-lust, non-fic
Part travelogue, part historical brochure, great information about what one might find off the beaten path in Tuscany. Tons of minutia about art, sculpture, and food. I may pick this one up again when my Italian improves and I'm ready to go way off the grid in that wonderful corner of the world.
Teresa Bochenek
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love Italy and the more Tuscany so I 've read it with interest. Much details about cities, countries and etc...
Janette Mcmahon
Jan 27, 2015 rated it liked it
I simply must go. Not a travelogue in the traditional sense, but a wonderful book to armchair travel to Tuscany.
Sarah Farr
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
A must read for anyone planning an "off the beaten path" trip to Tuscany. The history was interesting, also.
Wendy
May 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Tuscany sounds wonderful, despite the Herman occupation. How ever, the prose left me Kalt und tod mude.
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