Author(s): Susan Van Allen
Following the critically acclaimed 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go, Susan Van Allen adds new gems to her selection of the best spots for female travelers in Italy's most popular cities, (Rome, Florence, and Venice), along with enticing Golden Day itineraries to make vacation dreams come true. Like a savvy traveler girlfriend whispering in your ear, she guides readers to masterpieces where women are glorified - from Rome's Pieta to Florence's Birth of Venus, best spots for wine tasting, chocolate, and gelato, artisan shopping experiences to meet leather craftsmen or glass blowers, and places for adventures - from rolling pasta to rowing like a gondolier. Plus, there are fresh, practical tips, giving readers insider's secrets for what to pack, the best places to get their hair styled, and how to bargain for souvenirs. Whatever your mood or budget, whether it's your first or 21st visit to Italy, 50 Places in Rome, Florence, and Venice Every Woman Should Go opens the door to extraordinary experiences that fully immerse travelers in the beautiful, fascinating, and delicious pleasures of the Bel Paese.
Praise for 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go: "This book makes me want to pack my bag with the lightest of clothing and follow Susan Van Allen's alluring suggestions for traveling in Italy. Her knowledge reveals an intimacy with the country and a honed sense of adventure. Andiamo!" - Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun
Table of Contents Preface: Italy's Big Three ROME 1. The Campidoglio, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill 2. The Pieta 3. Santa Maria Churches 4. Churches Dedicated to Female Saints 5. Catacombs of Priscilla 6. Bernini's Beautiful Broads and the Palazzo Borghese 7. Palazzo Barberini 8. Villa Farnesina 9. Palazzo Colonna and Princess Isabella's Apartments 10. Spas and Hair Salons 11. Cooking Class with Daniela del Balzo 12. Hiking in Rome and Biking the Appian Way 13. Favorite Tastes: Caffe, Chocolate, Gelato 14. Wine Bars 15. Favorite Shopping: Leather, Shoes, Lingerie, Jewelry, Antiques 16. Entertainment Day Trips 17. Villa D'Este, Tivoli 18. Nemi What's Free in Rome FLORENCE 19. Venuses, Madonnas, and Judith at The Uffizi 20. Santa Maria Churches 21. Annunciations 22. The Costume Gallery at the Pitti Palace 23. Palazzo Davanzati 24. Casa Guidi: Elizabeth Barret Browning's Apartment 25. Spas and Hair Salons 26. Cooking Class with La Divina Cucina 27. Craft Classes: Jewelry, Leather, Ceramics 28. Hiking and Biking in Florence 29. Favorite Tastes: Caffe, Chocolate, Gelato 30. Wine Bars 31. Favorite Shopping: Leather, Shoes, Lingerie, Jewelry, Farmacias, Ceramics, Antiques 32. Entertainment Day Trips: 33. Gardens on the Outskirts of Florence 34. Prato: Home to Mary's Sacred Girdle and Salome Dancing What's Free in Florence VENICE 35. Santa Maria Churches 36. Madonnas by Titian, Bellini, and Tintoretto 37. Palazzo Mocenigo 38. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection 39. Palazzo Fortuny 40. Spas and Hair Salons 41. Cooking Class with Patrizia 42. Craft Classes: Mask Making Class, Jewelry making, Mosaics 43. Rowing in Venice, Biking in Sant'Erasmo 44. Favorite Tastes: Caffe, Chocolate, Gelato 46. Wine Bars *47. Favorite Shopping: Leather, Glass, Paper, Embroidery, Jewelry *48. Entertainment Day Trips 49. Padua 50. Asolo What's Free in Venice APPENDIX: Travel Tips Packing Tips Online Resources Acknowledgments