By (author) Francesco Da Mosto
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Francesco's Venice by Francesco Da Mosto
Book DescriptionFrancesco's Venice is the extraordinary story of the life of an intriguing city, told by a descendant of an old and distinguished Venetian family. Francesco da Mosto's ancestry is inextricably intertwined with that of this amphibious city. Fiercely proud and protective of the rich cultural and architectural heritage of his birthplace, Francesco gives us a unique insight into the inner workings of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. He explores Venice's remarkable history, from the fifth century when settlers retreated to the safety of the lagoon and began to create their homes on tiny islands, through its glorious years as a successful maritime nation, adept at trade, exploration, diplomacy and protecting its independence, to the fragile city of the twenty-first century. Venice's history is a tale of warfare and conspiracies, of artistic excellence and ingenuity, of the battle of wills and of ideas, and of strength in the face of disaster, and Francesco brings to life the places, events and people that have sculpted this living theatre through the ages. These include a colourful array of his own ancestors, such as the six da Mostos who were involved in the rise and fall of the ambitious and corrupt Doge Falier, and the young Alvise da Mosto, a courageous and deterrmined explorer of the fifteenth century. Beautifully illustrated with stunning images by John Parker of both the magnificent symbols of the city, including St Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace, and the more secluded corners, Francesco's Venice celebrates the mesmerizing beauty and surprising strength of this unique city.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780563493631
(247mm x 190mm x 16mm)
Imprint: BBC Books
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publish Date: 8-Feb-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Francesco Da Mosto
Francesco's Mediterranean Voyage, Hardback (July 2008)
Venetian architect and historian Francesco da Mosto sets out from Venice to cross the Mediterranean to discover the cities and islands where Western civilization was born. Sailing in a nineteenth-century yawl, his journey starts in Venice and finishes in Istanbul. This book is suitable for fans of Francesco.
Francesco's Kitchen, Hardback (October 2007)
Shows us how to prepare 150 Venetian recipes ranging from Antipasti, sauces, soups and fish, to meats, pasta and puddings. The author demonstrates how Venetian food is a fusion of ingredients brought together over centuries as merchants and traders travelled the Mediterranean. Each chapter is introduced with the history and origins of the recipes.
Francesco's Italy, Hardback (June 2006)» View all books by Francesco Da Mosto
Discusses Italian culture. This book celebrates the art and beauty of Italy - its cathedrals, churches, palaces, opera houses, paintings, sculpture and music.
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Author Biography - Francesco Da Mosto
Francesco da Mosto, the presenter of the BBC2 series that this book accompanies, is an architect, historian, film-maker and Venetian citizen. His busy studio in Venice has designed and supervised many restoration projects, as well as participating in local and international design competitions. Francesco has also worked extensively in cinema and television since 1984. Apart from short spells in Rome, Paris and sailing in the Mediterranean, he has lived in Venice all his life. In 2006 Francesco presented the hugely popular series Francesco's Italy, and wrote the accompanying bestselling book.
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