‘An ideal companion on an infinite number of holidays’ The Guardian
H. V. Morton’s classic account of his journey through Italy
‘The Tuscan landscape,’ writes H. V. Morton, ‘is embroidered everywhere by human living, and there is scarcely a hill, a stream, a grove of trees, without its story of God, of love or death’ – just as scarcely a page goes by without a story of enduring fascination in this enchanting account of Morton’s travels in 1950s Italy, through the regions of Tuscany, Lombardy, Emilia and Veneto.
Morton’s characteristic anecdotes, whether relating the relocation to Venice of the remains of St Mark, describing superstitious lovers at Juliet’s Tomb or evoking the castle dungeons of Ferrara, serve to make his warm and vivid style as engaging as the landscape and the era he records.
‘All comes to life under the sunny enthusiasm of the author,
and one closes the book as though returning from a long holiday in northern
Italy’ Country Life
‘One of the world’s great travel writers’ The Times