The Families Who Made Rome: A History and a Guide (Paperback)
  • The Families Who Made Rome: A History and a Guide (Paperback)
  • The Families Who Made Rome: A History and a Guide (Paperback)
  • The Families Who Made Rome: A History and a Guide (Paperback)
  • The Families Who Made Rome: A History and a Guide (Paperback)
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The Families Who Made Rome: A History and a Guide (Paperback)

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Paperback 432 Pages / Published: 04/05/2006
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How often does a visitor to Rome drift towards some landmark and wonder who created it? Why? What was their story? This fascinating book provides the answers. At once a history and a guide, it divides Rome into the districts dominated by the fabulously rich families of the Popes: the Colonna, della Rovere, Farnese, Borghese, Barberini and others. In each case we learn their story - powerful, bloody and vivid - with all the scandals and intrigues as well as their relationships with artists like Bernini and Michelangelo. As we stroll through Rome's history - either literally or in the imagination - we discover it afresh. Famous sites like the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and St Peter's take on new significance as we watch the city rise from cramped medieval streets to become a glorious panorama of piazzas and palaces, fountains, towers and domes.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781844134090
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 560 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 31 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"[An] intriguing and original book...even the armchair tourist can benefit" -- Tim Blanning * Sunday Telegraph *
"Elegant and informative...an entertaining mix of travelogue and history...we flit agreeably through the chequered history of the papacy" -- Charles Nicholl * Sunday Times *
"Anthony Majanlahti wears his scholarship lightly and tempers his enthusiasm with humour; he has a thousand tales to tell... Enormously entertaining" * Times Literary Supplement *
"Marvellous... For anyone interested in delving further into one of the world's most beautiful and extraordinary cities, this is essential reading" * Tablet *
"Fascinating... A fine account of a decadent age and place" * RA Magazine *

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