I love to read and I like both fiction and non-fiction. When friends ask me what they might read to prepare for a visit to Florence, I always recommend R.W.B. Lewis, The City of Florence. It’s a passionate paean to the city, both scholarly and personal at the same time.
The author, Lewis, who died in 2002, won the Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Edith Wharton. You can be sure his book on Florence is a beautifully written tome. Highly recommended.