Italy’s Paradise

A History of Tuscany



Discover Tuscany’s allure in “Italy’s Paradise” by Alistair Moffat. A captivating journey through its history, art, and culture, this book reveals the magic that has drawn visitors for centuries. From ancient Etruscans to the Renaissance, Moffat’s narrative is an insightful exploration of one of Italy’s most enchanting regions.

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Number of pages: 352

Published: 01 February 2024

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Dive into the enchanting world of Tuscany with Alistair Moffat’s latest masterpiece, “Italy’s Paradise”. This book takes you on a delicious journey through the geography, history, and culture of one of Italy’s most mesmerizing regions. Lauded by the Sunday Telegraph as a delightful exploration, Moffat’s narrative is a testament to the enduring allure of Tuscany, a region that has captivated foreign visitors since the Grand Tour era.

Tuscany, with its magical blend of history, art, architecture, and breathtaking natural beauty, coupled with its magnificent culinary and wine traditions, has long been a haven for British visitors, earning them the local nickname ‘gli inglesi’ – ‘the English’. But what is it about this exquisite part of Italy that continues to seduce so many? Moffat seeks to answer this question by embarking on a deep dive into the heart of Tuscany’s past.

From the blossoming of the Etruscan civilization in the seventh century BC, through the rise of powerful medieval communes such as Arezzo, Lucca, Pisa, and Florence, to its pivotal role as the cradle of the Renaissance, Moffat showcases the unique regional identity of Tuscany and its significant contributions to the broader Italian tapestry. This insightful, readable narrative is not just a historical account but a sun-drenched meditation on the character of Tuscany and its people, praised by The Scotsman for capturing the very essence of the place.

“Italy’s Paradise” is more than a book; it’s an invitation to experience the soul of Tuscany. Moffat’s enthusiasm for the region shines through in every page, offering readers a wealth of information far beyond what tourist guides can provide. Whether you’re a history buff, a lover of art and architecture, or someone who dreams of the Tuscan sun, this book promises to transport you to the heart of Italy’s paradise, making it a must-have addition to your collection.

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Dimensions 19.6 × 12.8 cm