Florence books: because Florence is not only bricks and marble! 😉
Florence books: books about Florence, set in Florence, “made in Florence”… Books to read before reaching the Cradle of Renaissance to get in the mood, while you are in Florence to get inspired and even more connected to the city, when you are back home, to fight that bit of nostalgia.
Florence books: Florence Renaissance books
Christopher Hibbert, ‘The House of Medici’
It was a dynasty with more wealth, passion, and power than the houses of Windsor, Kennedy, and Rockefeller combined. It shaped all of Europe and controlled politics, scientists, artists, and even popes, for three hundred years. It was the house of Medici, patrons of Botticelli, Michelangelo and Galileo, benefactors who turned Florence into a global power center, and then lost it all. The House of Medici picks up where Barbara Tuchman’s Hibbert delves into the lives of the Medici family, whose legacy of increasing self-indulgence and sexual dalliance eventually led to its self-destruction.
Ross King, ‘Brunelleschi’s Dome’
Brunelleschi’s Dome is the story of how a Renaissance genius bent men, materials, and the very forces of nature to build an architectural wonder we continue to marvel at today. Denounced at first as a madman, Brunelleschi was celebrated at the end as a genius.
Sarah Dunant, ‘The Birth of Venus’
Historical Fiction, Romance. Publisher Link. (Coming soon) The Birth of Venus on It’s Florence!
The Birth of Venus is a tour de force, the first historical novel from one of Britain’s most innovative writers of literary suspense. It brings alive the history of Florence at its most dramatic period, telling a compulsively absorbing story of love, art, religion, and power through the passionate voice of Alessandra, a heroine with the same vibrancy of spirit as her beloved city.
Pietro Grossi is the author of Fists / Pugni, a short stories collection, and Enchantment / Incanto.
Fists / Pugni:
Told in a spare and powerful voice reminiscent of Hemingway and Salinger, the three stories in Pietro Grossi’s Fists (‘Boxing’, ‘Horses’ and ‘The Monkey’) explore the rite of passage each of us faces in our youth and what it means to be a man in our time.
Marco Vichi is the author of the Inspector Bordelli (Commissario Bordelli) mystery series. The Series is set in the Sixties and Bordelli is a great, Florentine indeed, character, with his disillusion and bittersweet black humor. Among the Bordelli series books, Death in Florence:
Florence, October 1966. The rain is never-ending. When a young boy vanishes on his way home from school the police fear the worst, and Inspector Bordelli begins an increasingly desperate investigation. In the aftermath of this unimaginable tragedy the mystery of the child’s disappearance seems destined to go unsolved. But obstinate as ever, Bordelli is not prepared to give up.
Just dig in into these books: you will love Florence even more!