What to read before coming to Florence

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.

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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.

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