Italy's gardens speak to us all. In the history of gardening they are the bridge between our world and the ancient world. Their harmony, symmetry and serenity are at once inimitable and universally copied. During the past few years Italy has awoken to a realization of its gardens. In a gardening renaissance, interesting new gardens are being created all over Italy, and there has been exemplary restoration of some historic gardens. In this pioneering new book, Kirsty McLeod and Primrose Bell celebrate over a hundred of the finest Italian gardens open to the public. They take the reader with them on a journey to these gardens: they explore their history and context, and we meet the owners, hear the stories behind the gardens, and learn how they were made and how they are maintained.
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A labour of love based on her years of travel all over the penninsula.(Robin Lane Fox Financial Times)
The guide I will be lugging in my suitcase on all future visits to Italian gardens.(Stephen Lacey Daily Telegraph)
Editor's choice: It will remain the definitive guide for everyone with an interest in garden history, whether they intend to travel there in person or just admire from the comfort of an armchair. Absolutely superb!( Good Book Guide)
Here is a book that opens the doors to enjoyment of the Italian garden. It will also illuminate all the flowed out of Italy in the Renaissance - a fresh vision of architecture and gardening, art, thought and science that was hugely influential in Britain and across Europe - and still is.( Topiarius)
Luxuriates in remote havens of exotics, and cabinets of archhitectural delights, all endearingly photographed by Primrose Bell. McLeod has authority, she is a generous and unobtrusive guide allowing her subjects to speak.( Spectator)
Offers a rich diversity of garden styles and settings to delight the reader. Kirsty McLeod's evocative commentary and Primrose Bell's beautiful photography will take you to such stunning - and renowned - locations as Villa d'Este on lake Como, the Giardino di Boboli in Florence and Villa Rufolo in Ravello.( Italia)
A rapid romp through any Italian beauty you might ever want to see.( English Garden)
This comprehensive guide to the most magnificent gardens of Italy will remain the definitive guide for everyone with an interest in garden history. Superb!( Good Book Guide)
An excellent gazetteer, dipping in to modernas well as historic gardens, and as happy talking plants as history. At the back are website details and opening times, which make the prospect of an Italian foray all the more tempting.( Times)
The most desirable picture books this year include 'Best Gardens of Italy' which covers the whole country and is obviously the product of years of work.( Evening Standard)
"Italian gardens are now immensely well covered. Personally I would approach them by buying The Best Gardens in Italy: A Traveller's Guide and planning my own itinerary ... there is so much here for every Italophile, plants, hedges, giardinieri and owners, often amazing, included.'( Financial Times) L'autore:
Historian and biographer Kirsty McLeod is the author of many books including A Passion for Friendship: Sibyl Colefax and her Circle; Battle Royal: Edward VIII and George VI; and The Last Summer: May to September 1914. She is also past Chairman of the English Heritage Historic Parks and Gardens Panel, set up to advise English Heritage on England's historic gardens.
Primrose Bell is a photographer and journalist with a second life and home in Italy.
ROBIN LANE FOX is the gardening correspondent for The Financial Times.
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Descrizione libro Frances Lincoln, 2011. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110711231834
Descrizione libro Frances Lincoln. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0711231834 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.0359021
Descrizione libro Frances Lincoln, 2011. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0711231834