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					                                      Parma, Tuscany and the Cinque Terre
                                      Including suggestions for visiting:

                                            Bologna
                                            Parma
                                            Rome
                                            Florence
                                            The Cinque Terre


    You can choose to join the holiday in Bologna or Parma. Bologna Airport has several flights to other
     European cities. Parma only has a small airport but Ryanair does fly there from London Stansted on
     Wednesdays and Sundays. Parma is on the main train line between Rome and Milan.
    Bologna Airport is served by a bus service from the city centre. It’s a 20-minute journey and operates
     every 15mins.
    Train travel in Italy is inexpensive and comfortable. First Class travel costs a little more than 2nd
     Class. The major cities are served by non-stop fast trains called Eurostar. Train Information.
    The holiday ends in PISA which has many flights to other European cities. For more details see the
     airport website. There is a train station at Pisa airport. We will also drop you off at Pisa Central rail
     station if required.
    In addition to trains, there is a coach service between Pisa and Florence, Pisa and Siena, Florence and

Extend your holiday

Before or after your holiday why not spend a few extra days exploring Bologna, Parma or Florence. After
the tour you can extend for a few days in the Cinque Terre. We give some personal accommodation
recommendations below. For more information if required we suggest searching via Trip Advisor or I-

Boasting one of the country’s great medieval cityscapes – an eye-catching ensemble of red-brick palazzi,
Renaissance towers and 40km of arcaded porticoes – Bologna is a wonderful alternative to the north’s more
famous cities. Italy’s culinary capital, it’s an attractive, animated place; a large student population ensure a
vitality that’s so often missing in many of Emilia’s smaller towns. Nicknamed la rossa (‘the red’ – as much
a political moniker as reference to its colourful buildings), Bologna has long had a reputation for left-wing
militancy. Passions have cooled since students faced down tanks in 1977, but the city remains highly
political. Former Italian prime minister Romano Prodi is from Bologna and the university, Europe’s oldest,
is still a source of student agitation.

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Where to stay:
   There are four beautiful, centrally located, historical three and four star hotels in Bologna which all
     belong to the group Bologna Art Hotels

Where to eat:
   € Trattoria Mariposa: This laid-back trattoria serves simple, homemade food to a faithful crowd.
     The menu varies but you'll usually find tortellini, either with burro e salvia (butter and sage) or ragù
     , and polpetti (meatballs). Service is friendly and the prices are honest. Via Bertiera 12. Tel. 051 22
     56 56
   € Trattoria del Rosso: This perennially popular trattoria is said to be the oldest in the city. A busy,
     bustling place, it's good for solid meats and filling pastas. The daily menus are good value and the
     vegetarian options a welcome sight in such a meat-obsessed city. Via Augusto Rigi, 30. Tel. 051 23
     67 30
   € Trattoria da Gianni. Down a side alley in the Quadrilatero, Gianni's is well known and well
     loved. Specials include gnocchi di zucca, burro e menta (pumpkin gnocchi with butter and mint) and
     bollito misto (mixed boiled meat). Via Clavature 18. Tel. 051 22 94 34
   €€ Osteria de’ Poeti. In the wine cellar of a 14th-century palazzo , this historic eatery is a great
     place for hearty local fare in atmospheric surroundings. Take a table by the impressive stone
     fireplace and order from a selection of staples such as gnocchetti di zucca (pasta stuffed with
     pumpkin) or tagliatelle al ragù. Via de’ Poeti 1/b. Tel. 051 23 61 66


Where to stay:
   Palazzo della Rosa Prati. Beautiful suites in the heart of the city overlooking the cathedral and
   Century Hotel. Conveniently situated close to the train station and only a 10minute walk from the
     historical centre. The hotel also offers secure parking for its guests.

Where to eat:

Home to prosciutto, parmesan, culatello and other delicacies – Parma is a foodies’ paradise.

    € Trattoria Salumeria Sorelle Picchi. Via Farini 12. (Near Piazza Garibaldi) Tel. 0521 233528.
     Closed Sunday.
    €€ Il Trovatore Via Affò 2/a. Tel. 0521 236905. Conveniently situated between the station and the
     city centre. Closed Sunday.
    €€ Il Cortile. Borgo Paglia 3. Tel. 0521 285779
    €€ Il Gallo d’Oro. We eat here on your tour.
    €€€ I Parizzi. Elegant restaurant offering refined regional cuisine. Strada della Repubblica 71. Tel.
     0521 285952

What to do:

Parma is a compact city offering great food, shopping and culture. On the tour we visit the beautiful
Romanesque cathedral and Baptistery. In the Piazza Duomo you find the Diocesan Museum which
contains some original artworks from the cathedral and interesting Roman mosaics which have been

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                                       The Renaissance artist Antonio Allegri, known as Coreggio, was born
                                       in the village of the same name in 1489. Influenced by Rafael and
                                       Mantegna, at the peak of his career he worked in Parma, painting the
                                       frescoes which decorate the dome of the cathedral (1526-30) and
                                       those in the church of San Francesco. Not to be missed are the
                                       frescoes he executed in the apartment of the Abbess of the
                                       Benedictine monastery of St Paul – the Camera di San Paolo (next
                                       door to the Tourist Information). The chamber of Saint Paul was
                                       decorated from 1514 at the order of Abbess Giovanna da Piacenza,
                                       whose priorate was characterized by a lively cultural life. Open
                                       8.30am-12.30pm. Closed Monday.

The frescoes painted by Correggio in 1519 can be considered true masterpieces of Italian High Renaissance
art. In the room, an umbrella vault is divided into 16 segments by late Gothic ribs. Correggio, influenced by
Mantegna, Raphael and Leonardo's work in Milan, created the illusion of a pergola with festoons of fruit
held up by ribbons. In the center of the dome can be seen the armorial bearings of Abbess Giovanna. In each
of the 16 segments is an oval trompe-l'oeil opening, filled with finely executed putti in playful poses with
dogs, bows and arrows, hunting gear and trophies. At the base of the vault, faux-marble lunettes boast
monochrome mythological figures in classical style and the hood over the huge stone fiereplace shows
Diana on a Chariot preparing for the hunt.

These frescoes are clearly more than an allegory of the theme of the goddess of hunting: the cycle is widely
acknowledged as a record of the fierce battle of the abbess against the civil and religious authorities,
determined to reduce the political power of convents and to suppress their flourishing intellectual and social

The room next door, decorated in 1514 by Alessandro Araldi, was also part of the abbess' apartment. A
composition of grotesques with putti, fabulous beasts and gilt stucco rosettes stands out against the dark blue
background. Tondi and panels show scenes from the Old and New Testaments while on the ceiling musical
angels in a trompe l'oeil look out over a balaustrade. Alessandro Araldi also frescoed a small chapel on the
opposite side of the monastery garden, Saint Catherine's Cell.

The Palazzo della Pilotta: An enormous complex of buildings designed as the Farnese residence. Built in
1583 it houses the National Archeological Museum, the Farnese Theatre, the Palatine Library, the Bodonian
Museum and the National Academy of Fine Arts. On the second floor of the Palace is located the National
Gallery. Started by the Dukes of Parma, Don Philip and Don Ferdinand of Bourbon, it was subsequently
enriched by the acquisitions made by Marie Louise of Austria, thereby originating the important collections
of the picture gallery. The collections currently include works from the 13th to the 19th centuries, by several
schools and masters.

Works by the Emilian school of the 15th and 16th centuries are particularly important (Filippo Mazzola,
Cristoforo Caselli, Alessandro Araldi, Correggio, Parmigianino); the Italian Mannerist school (Bronzino,
Domenichino, Tintoretto); the Emilian and Flemish schools of painting from 15th to 17th centuries
(Annibale and Lodovico Carracci, Schedoni, Lanfranco); the Emilian school of painting of the 17th and 18th
century (Guercino, Cignani, G. M. Crespi); Neapolitan 18th century painting; Venetian 18th century
painting (Tiepolo, Pittoni, Canaletto, Bellotto); French 18th century painting; Parmesan painters of the 19th
century (Borghesi, Carmignani, Boccaccio, Barilli).

Among the most noticeable pictures in the Gallery are the Head of a Young Girl, attributed to Leonardo da
Vinci, the Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam by Hans Holbein the Younger and the Madonna della scodella
        and Madonna di San Girolamo by Correggio.

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Church of Santa Maria della Steccata: This outstanding Renaissance church, one of the most splendid of
the town, was begun in 1521 in order to give shelter to a picture of the Madonna said to be miraculous that
originally hung on the wall of a small oratory called "dello steccato" or wooden shield.

Consecrated in 1539, the church is built in an elegant Bramante style in the shape of a Greek cross with
semicircular apses and square corner chapels. Pilasters, windows and mullions are topped by a marble dome
with loggia and lantern, almost certainly built with the help of Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, who had
come to Parma in 1526, sent by Pope Clement VII to strenghten the city's defenses.

In the interior, to the left of the entrance, is the tomb of Count Adam Neipperg, the morganatic husband of
Marie Louise of Austria, built between 1829 and 1831 by Lorenzo Bartolini. The most elaborate work in the
church is the fresco cycle on the arch above the presbitery, painted by Parmigianino between 1530 and 1539
with great accuracy of detail. It depicts the parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins with a profusion of
animal and plant motifs set against a red background. On the intrados, with gold decorations on a blue
background, are four monochrome figures: Eve and Aaron on the right and Adam and Moses on the left.
Another remarkable work left unfinished by Parmigianino.

The altar, adorned with 18th century statues, contains the fresco of the Madonna Suckling the Child, taken
from the original oratory and painted by an anonimous late 14th century artist. Behind the presbitery is the
Knight's Choir and above it, a small bronze of Christ Risen by Andrea Spinelli.

A door on the left leads to the sacristy and the burial chapel built in 1823 by Marie Louise to house the
tombs of the Farnese and Bourbon dukes of Parma.

Annexed to the church is the treasure of art and history on display at the Costantinian Museum.

                           Parma was the birthplace of Giuseppe Verdi and the city has a lively cultural
                           calendar. The Regio Theatre was built between 1821 and 1829. The neoclassical
                           facade has a portico with ten Ionic columns, a double row of windows and
                           decorations by Tommaso Bandini on both sides of the tympanum representing the
                           allegories of Fame and the Lyre.

The Regio theatre was officially opened on the 16th of May 1829 with the opera Zaira, written especially by
Vincenzo Bellini. It is still one of the most renowned Opera Houses in the world. It can be visited on
Tuesday to Saturday in the mornings.


Where to stay:
   Hotel Suisse is a small family run hotel a stone’s throw from the Spanish steps and Rome’s exclusive
     shopping district. 12 comfortable, recently renovated, en-suite rooms
   Buonanotte Garibaldi is a three-bedroom guesthouse in Trastevere owned by artist Luisa Longo.
     Brightly-coloured décor, relaxing atmosphere. Two of the three bedrooms overlook a shaded patio,
     while a large terrace is reserved for the blue room on the first floor.
   Hotel Santa Maria. Also in Trastevere, all rooms in this charming hotel face onto a quiet courtyard.

Where to eat:
   Vecchia Locanda: Housed in a 15th-century building. Excellent home-made pasta, high quality
     meats and fresh fish. Good wine list. Vicolo Sinibaldi, 2 (Aurelio). Tel 06 6880 2831
   Ristorante Papa' Giovanni: Excellent restaurant near the Pantheon. Via Dei Sediari, 5. Tel. 06

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    Enoteca Capranica: Restaurant and wine bar near the Pantheon. Piazza Capranica, 99/100. Tel. 06
    The Jewish Quarter: Has an interesting selection of restaurants and trattoria offering both Kosher
     and non-Kosher foods.

What to do:

A private guided tour will give you an unforgettable insight into the Eternal City and it can be designed to
suit your specific interests and requirements. We highly recommend Rachel Potts.

                                “Born in England but raised in a lakeside village just north of Rome I was
                                convinced I was English until I went to the UK to complete a BA in
                                Philosophy and French. After graduating from Manchester University and
                                taking a course in Garden Design, my love for Italy brought me back to the
                                area near Rome where I became a botanical guide at the Gardens of Ninfa.
                                This seasonal role I combined with leading groups , firstly tours for students
                                “racing” across Europe, but then more in depth walking tours through rural
                                Tuscany, Umbria, Sicily, Liguria and Basilicata. After a number of years
                                living out of a suitcase I chose to focus entirely on Rome, 9 years ago I took
                                the public exams to be a local guide and have been showing people round the
                                Eternal City ever since. I am still fascinated by Rome’s seemingly endless
                                depth and influence and most of all I feel lucky that I have a chance to share
                                this interest with others.” Contact Rachel

Three of our favourite churches:

    Basilica di Santa Maria sopra Minerva. Piazza della Minerva 42 (behind the Pantheon). Bus:40,
     46, 64, or 119. Hours: Mon-Sat 7am-7pm; Sun 8am-7pm. Free entrance.
       Details of the ruined temple to Minerva, built by Pompey about 50 BCE and referred to as Delubrum Minervae are not
       known. A temple to Isis and a Serapeum may also underlie the present basilica and its former convent buildings. There
       are some Roman survivals in the crypt.

       The present building owes its existence to the Dominican Friars, who received the property from Pope Alexander IV
       (1254-1261) and made the church and adjoining monastery their influential headquarters. The Dominican Order
       administers the area today. After funds contributed by Boniface VIII set an example, this first Gothic church in Rome
       was completed in 1370. It was renovated by Carlo Maderno among others, and given a Baroque facade, then restored in
       the 19th century to its present neo-medieval state.

       It was in the Dominican monastery adjoining the church that the astronomer Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) was tried by the
       Inquisition for teaching that the Earth revolved around the Sun. He was forced to recant and retire.

    The Basilica di Sant'Agnese Fuori le Mura (7th century). It
     is notable for its mosaics, shrine of the virgin martyr St.
     Agnes, and catacombs. Via Nomentana, 349. Open daily
     9am-1pm, 4-6pm. Free admission; tour of catacombs €5
       Saint Agnes was a member of Roman nobility born in 291 and raised in a
       Christian family. She suffered martyrdom at age 13 during the reign of the
       Eastern Roman Emperor Diocletian, on January 21, 304. According to
       tradition, the prefect Sempronius wished her to marry his son, and on her
       refusal condemned her to death. Roman law did not permit the execution
       of virgins, so he ordered her to be raped beforehand, but her honor was
       miraculously preserved.

       St. Agnes was led out to be burned at the stake, but the bundle of wood would not burn. The officer in charge of the
       troops drew his sword and struck off her head.

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       Saint Agnes is the patron saint of young girls. Folk custom called for them to practice rituals on Saint Agnes' Eve (20th-
       21st January) with a view to discovering their future husbands. This superstition has been immortalized in John Keats's
       poem, "The Eve of Saint Agnes." She is represented in art as holding a palm-branch in her hand and a lamb at her feet or
       in her arms.

       The current basilica, as rebuilt by Honorius in the mid-7th century, stands over an early Christian catacomb. In the 4th
       century, the soft rock was hollowed out around Saint Agnes's tomb to create a gathering space, probably for her family to
       observe the anniversary of her death. The visits of her family and friends spread early to others in Rome, and the site
       became a place of pilgrimage.

       By 340, Costanza, daughter of emperor Constantine, enlarged the underground area and built a large private mausoleum
       over it which is now known as the "mausoleo di Santa Costanza." According to legend, Constanza had been afflicated
       with leprosy and was cured after praying at the tomb of St. Agnes. The church of Saint Agnes was then built next to the
       mausoleum in the 7th century. The floor level of the 7th-century church is at the level of the catacomb floor, and the
       public street entrances are at the level of the second floor gallery.

       On January 21, the feast day of St. Agnes, two lambs are specially blessed by the pope after a pontifical high Mass, and
       their wool is later woven into pallia, ceremonial neck-stoles sent by the popes to new Metropolitan-archbishops to
       symbolise their union with the papacy.

    The Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls is one of the five
     major basilicas of Rome. 186 Via Ostiense. Tel. 06-5410341. Metro:
     Basilica San Paolo. Opening times: Basilica daily 7am-6:30pm;
     Cloisters daily 9am-1pm; 3-6pm. Free entrance.
       Originally founded by Emperor Constantine in the 4th century, the Basilica di San
       Paolo is the burial place of Saint Paul the Apostle. After his execution and burial in
       Rome in the 1st century AD, Saint Paul's followers erected a shrine over the grave.
       Early Christians frequently visited the site to honour the great Apostle to the
       Gentiles and author of more than half of the New Testament.

       All that remains of the medieval basilica is the 13th-century apse mosaic, created by Venetian artists. The mosaic centers
       on Christ flanked by the Apostles Peter, Paul, Andrew and Luke. In the lower zone are Apostles carrying scrolls with the
       text of Gloria in excelsis. Beneath Christ is a throne with the instruments of the Passion and a cross. In the centre of the
       cross is another depiction of the Teaching Christ. The figure near Christ's feet is Pope Honorius III (1216-1227), who
       ordered the mosaic.

       One of the basilica's most important artworks is a 12th-century candelabra by Vassalletto, who's also responsible for the
       remarkable cloisters, containing twisted pairs of columns enclosing a rose garden. Also notable is the baldachino (richly
       embroidered fabric of silk and gold, draped over an important person or sacred object) of Arnolfo di Cambio, dated
       1285, which also was spared by the fire.

       The chapel of relics has numerous relics, the most notable of which are a set of chains said to be the prison chains of St
       Paul, used in the last days before his execution. They are exposed in the church on his feast days.


Where to stay:
   Our favourite place is Dei Mori Bed& Breakfast which is in
     the heart of the historical centre, just minutes from the
     Duomo and the Piazza Signoria. The five double rooms look
     onto an internal courtyard and there is a small terrace where
     guests can enjoy breakfast. Friendly and welcoming, English
   Il Guelfo Bianco. Centrally-located 3-star hotel, located between the Duomo and the Accademia
     Gallery. The recently refurbished rooms are decorated with antique furnishings and modern art by
     leading artists grace the walls. Internal terrace and several lounge rooms for the use of guests.
           JK Place in Piazza Santa Maria Novella is a luxury boutique hotel.

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Where to eat:

    €€€ Ristorante Boccanegra: Elegant and innovative Tuscan cuisine. Excellent wine list. Via
     Guibellina 124/r. Tel 055 2001098. Opposite Teatro Verdi. Closed Sunday. They also have a
     Trattoria, offering more simple cuisine, and a Pizzeria.
    €€ Ristorante del Fagioli: Near Santa Croce. Typical Tuscan food. Excellent grilled meats. Closed
     Saturday and Sunday. Corso Tintori 47. Tel. 055 244285
    €€ Trattoria Armando: A family owned and run trattoria which has been serving classic Tuscan
     cuisine since 1957. Borgo Ognissanti 140. Tel. 055 216219.
    €€ Trattoria 4 Leoni: Simple Tuscan cuisine. Piazza della Passera – Via Vellutini 1/r. Tel 055
     218562. Near the Pitti Palace.
    €€ Trattoria Al Trebbio: On a small street off Piazza Santa Maria Novella this trattoria has tables
     on the street. Serves simple Tuscan cuisine. Reasonably priced. Via delle Belle Donne, 47/49r. Tel.
     055 287089.
    € Trattoria del Carmine: A small, inexpensive, trattoria on the Oltrarno (the opposite side of the
     River Arno) near the church of Santa Maria del Carmine (Brancacci Chapel). Tables outside. Piazza
     del Carmine. Tel. 055 218601.
    € Rifrullo: Bar/restaurant on the Oltrarno near the porta San Niccolò. Good for lunch or an aperitif
     before dinner. Tables outside. Tel. 055 2342621.
    € Enoteca Coquinarius Wine Bar: Via delle Oche, 15r. Close to the Duomo. Open 9am till late.
     Small menu focuses on fresh produce. Recommended for lunch. Tel 055 2302123
    € Il Pizzaiuolo da Carmine: Popular and long-standing Neapolitan pizzeria close to Sant’Ambrogio
     market. Via dè Macci 113/r. Tel 055 241171. Closed Sunday.

What to do:

There is so much to see and do in Florence it can be overwhelming for the unprepared. The main sites tend
to be very overcrowded and if you wish to visit the Uffizi or the Accademia (for Michelangelo’s David) it is
worth booking in advance. The English-speaking telephone booking centre (+39 055 294883) is open from
Monday to Friday from 8.30 to 18.30 and on Saturdays from 8.30 to 12.30. There is a booking and advance
sales charge of Euro 3.00. Tickets can be collected and paid for on the day of the visit.

For an authentic and entertaining insight into the city we highly recommend a private guided tour with
Freya. Her in-depth knowledge, enthusiasm and passion for the city will make it an unforgettable

Freya’s Florence
                          “Born in Sydney, I have a Bachelors degree with a double major in French & Art
                          History from Sydney University. I first discovered Europe as a Rotary Youth
                          exchange student in Belgium the year after high school and my passion for art,
                          romance languages, European culture and history was born. During my degree I
                          studied Art history and French language at the Sorbonne in Paris. I arrived in
                          Florence on a postgraduate research grant in 2000 and I have never really left. I
                          worked at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice followed by the Venice Arts
                          Biennale before returning to Florence permanently where I have been conducting
                          tours of the city and its museums for seven years. I cater to all ages and I enjoy
                          bringing the history alive weaving in stories and anecdotes in order to recreate
                          the atmosphere of Renaissance Florence. I am a licensed tour guide for the city
                          and province of Florence and all its museums.” Contact Freya for her brochure
                          and tour menu.

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The Cinque Terre
The 5 villages of the Cinque Terre can be visited on foot, by boat or by train. Portovenere, not officially part
of the Cinque Terre but well worth a visit is reached by a footpath from Riomaggiore (12km), by boat from
Lerici or the Cinque Terre or by bus from La Spezia. To the north is the Italian Riviera which also has pretty
villages to explore. There is a regular train service along the coast between La Spezia and Genoa.

Where to Stay:

    Casa Lorenza. Friendly accommodation close to the centre of Riomaggiore village and the train
     station. The owners will pick you up from the station if necessary. Three rooms, all with views.
    La Baia di Rio. Family run accommodation in the centre of Riomaggiore, not far from the station.
     The business finances and sustains the cultivation of one of the diminishing number of vineyards in
     the Cinque Terre. Five rooms, some with terrace and small kitchen.
    Casa dei Limoni. A delightful, friendly Bed&Breakfast set on a hill outside the village of
     Monterosso. It is a 15 minute walk from the station to the start of the footpath from where 80 steps
     lead you to the Casa dei Limoni. A charming haven of peace amongst the bustle of the Cinque Terre.
     Breakfast is served on the terrace.
    Hotel Pasquale. 3-star hotel on the waterfront in Monterosso. All rooms have sea views. The hotel
     was founded by Pasquale Pasini in 1963 and is still managed by his descendants.
    Locanda del Lido. Lerici. Our walking tour finishes at the stunning 4-star hotel right on the beach in
     Lerici, across the bay from the Cinque Terre. There is a daily boat service to the Portovenere and the
     Cinque Terre from Lerici. There is also a regular bus service to La Spezia from where you can catch
     the train.

Where to Eat:

There are numerous places to eat in the Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera. Not to be missed is Locanda
Lorena on the island of Palmaria. The restaurant operates its own boat service from Portovenere. We
recommend you go there for a long lunch, unless you are booked to stay the night.

What to do:

For information on the Cinque Terre, its hiking paths, museums, food and wine – visit the National Park

Where to stay:
   Albergo Villa Marta. Delightful accommodation if you are hiring a car. It is
     also a fabulous spot in which to unwind, the hotel can organize airport
     transfers or a driver for a day trip to Lucca but you really don’t have to go
     anywhere if you don’t want. A former hunting lodge, transformed into a fine
     and elegant 4-star country resort with its own restaurant. 10 minutes by car
     from the historic centre of Lucca, 20 minutes from Pisa and approximately
     an hour's drive from Florence.
   My Hotel Pisa. Convenient location 1km from the airport. Purely functional but ideal if you have a
     very early departure or late arrival.

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Recommended Reading

The following is a selection of some of the non-fictional novels set in the region of the tour which you may
enjoy reading:

Love and War in the Apennines. Eric Newby.
Publisher: Picador. ISBN 0-330-28024-4.
After the Italian Armistice in 1943, Eric Newby left the prison camp in which he’d been held for a year and
evaded the advancing Germans by going to ground high in the mountains and forests south of the River Po.

A Small Place in Italy. Eric Newby
Publisher: Picador. ISBN 0-330-33818-8.
In 1967 Eric Newby and his wife Wanda fulfilled a long-cherished ambition when they acquired I Castagni,
a small and excessively ruined farmhouse near Fosdinovo in the foothills of the Apuan Alps on the borders
of Liguria and northern Tuscany. This book is a brilliant memoir of a house and a magnificent re-creation of
a forgotten time and era.

A Tuscan Childhood. Kinta Beevor
Publisher: Penguin. ISBN 0-14-016673-4
Kinta Beevor was five when she fell in love with her parents’ castle at Aulla facing the Carrara mountains in
northern Tuscany. The freedom and beauty of life at the castle attracted poets, writers and painters,
including D.H Lawrence and Rex Whistler. The other side to Kinta’s childhood was very different. It was
spent with her famously formidable great aunt, Janet Ross, outside Florence in a grand villa where
Boccaccio set part of The Decameron. But soon, the old way of life and Kinta’s idyllic world were
threatened by war.

Extra Virgin. Annie Hawes
Ripe for the Picking. Annie Hawes
Publisher: Penguin.
A modern autobiographical novel which tells of Annie’s experiences when she buys a house near the coast
in Liguria. Light reading telling of daily life in this beautiful region and introducing some fascinating, and
amusing, local characters.

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