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Francesco's Venice: The Dramatic History of the World's Most Beautiful City

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Venice's rich history is explored by a resident historian, and descendent from a patrician Ventian family in this beautifully illustrated study.  Readers are guided from 5th century Venice to present day, uncovering historical facts, legends and catching glimpses into the lives of it's people, many of which are the authors own colorful ancestors.
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by BBC Books (first published 2005)
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May 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Very entertaining and "gossipy" history of Venice. Unfortunately author adds lot of myths to medieval history (Venetian galleys invading Belgrade - 500km inland from Adriatic, etc). Author also elegantly forgets negative influence of Venetian expansion and politics - to build the fleet Venetians have cut all the trees from mountain Velebit on eastern coast of Adriatic. Rains and wind caused erosion so bad that today there are no trace of dense oak forests just a bare rock for hundreds of kilomet ...more
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
A lavishly illustrated, and well written history of "La serenissima" by Franceso da Mosto, himself a native of the city and descendent of a long line of Venetians. His affection for the city comes across in the affection with which he writes of this anomalous urbanity.

My only complaint is about the frequent side panels that interrupt the flow of the text with digressions, it would have been preferable had they be added as appendices.

Janette Hamilton
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent intro for our trip to Venice - dvd of the same was also good
Ms Miaow
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
A very informative book.However for some reason I was hoping for more of a guide book to Venice something more along the lines of Michael Palins travel books.
A great read for someone interested in maritime warfare,history,politics.A nice gift for an older male relative perhaps.
I can't pretend this was an easy read for me,not a page turner,but like to challenge myself to read something other than novels and biographies.

A scholarly rendering of the history of Venice,beautif
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: italy, read-in-2011
Francesco Da Mosto interweaves his own family history with the history of Venice. It's a fascinating take on Venetian history from the dark ages to the present. The photographs are also stunning and include some from the Da Mosto family album.

This is a very worthwhile book and gives a refreshing view of Venice from a true insider who can trace his ancestry back a thousand years!
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
one of the most beautiful books about Venice! - Francesco daMosto, descendant of the Venetian "DaMosto"- Family tells the history of his hometown in a very attractive way, the photographs by John Parker are outstanding!
Essential reading for anyone interested in Italy in general and the history of Venice in particular.
Sep 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Pleasant travel book.
Mar 16, 2010 rated it liked it
interesting atmospheric photos of Venice, one of the reasons to go there is to get lost in the maze of narrow streets and soak up some history.
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