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Book: FLORENCE: A Traveler's Guide to its Gems & Giants (ITALY TRAVEL) by Patty Civalleri

Book: FLORENCE: A Traveler's Guide to its Gems & Giants (ITALY TRAVEL) by Patty Civalleri

categories: Book, Italy, Travel Guide, Art, History, Florence Tour Book, Florence Vacation, Renaissance, The Medici, Donatello, Botticelli, Galileo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Florence


Patty Civalleri

Author Patty Civalleriabout this book: There are endless reasons why the city of FLORENCE is a favorite destination of so many travelers: the food, the wine, the people, the history, the landmarks, etc.

For me, it is the stories. The stories of the people and places that made the city hauntingly interesting. These are the stories of the people I thought I knew plenty about: Michelangelo, da Vinci, Donatello, Dante, Botticelli, Machiavelli, Galileo, the Medici family, and so many more. But as you will see, we were taught very little about these guys. For example, did you know that most of these guys came from the little town of Florence? And that many of them actually KNEW each other? And did you know that it was these guys that unknowingly began that vague period in history called "The Renaissance?"

You just learned three key little, albeit important, facts. (Ok, so what's a Renaissance?) The Renaissance was the 'force' that pulled the Western World out of the Dark Ages and into enlightenment. In fact, Renaissance is the French word for 'awakening' or 'enlightenment.' (Oops, you just learned another fact.)

This book is jam-packed with little stories, trivia and factoids. It is super visual (over 450 images) and very easy to read.

My name is Patty Civalleri. As a historian, photographer and global traveler of our ancient world, I created the book that I have never been able to find - in ANY city in the world.

With this book in your hands, your trip to Florence could become one of the more interesting and memorable trips in your lifetime.

And this is my hope: that you experience my favorite city in a way that will make it yours as well.

Bonus 1:
Camera Buffs, as a photographer, I always wondered why travel books don't tell you where or how they got their photos so that I could take similar ones. I included in this book a section called "Getting High in Florence." It shows you all of the places to climb in order to take the same glorious photos that are all throughout the book.

Bonus 2:
If you send an email to, the I will send you a FREE down-loadable .pdf of the corresponding Game Book that was created to pair perfectly with the main book. [Or, you can purchase the printed Game Book on Amazon at]

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