Frommer's EasyGuide to Rome, Florence and Venice 2016 by Eleonora Baldwin, Visit Amazon's Stephen Keeling Page,

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For the first-time customer to Italy (a immense audience), the itinerary of this Easy Guide is the vintage trend: whereas numerous different areas are nearly -- we tension "almost" -- as compelling, those magical 3 towns overawe all others. And we have enlisted 3 exceptional researchers and writers to trap them for you. Eleonora Baldwin lives in Rome, the place she is among the city's most effective specialists on neighborhood food and tradition. Donald Strachan, who lives lots of the yr in Italy, has written books and articles on Italy for greater than two decades. Stephen Keeling is an Oxford graduate who received a much-coveted journalistic prize in 2008 for his Frommer's consultant to Tuscany and Umbria. All 3 have teamed to organize this revised and up to date consultant to Italy's vintage "three".

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Frommer's EasyGuide to Rome, Florence and Venice 2016

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Throw in the floating city and its bell tower of San Marco as permanent fixtures on the horizon, and you have one unforgettable family moment. See p. 178. Attending a Fiorentina soccer match: Forget lions battling gladiators in Rome’s Colosseum, or Guelphs fighting Ghibellines in Florence’s medieval lanes. For a modern showdown, hit a Florence soccer game. Home side Fiorentina plays Serie A matches at the city’s Stadio Comunale alternate weekends from September to June. Wear something lilac—the team’s nickname is i viola (“the purples”).

When the Goths moved toward Rome in the early 5th century, citizens in the provinces, who had grown to hate the bureaucracy set up by Diocletian, welcomed the invaders. And then the pillage began. Rome was first sacked by Alaric I, king of the Visigoths, in 410. The populace made no attempt to defend the city (other than trying vainly to buy him off, a tactic that had worked 3 years earlier); most people fled into the hills. The feeble Western emperor Honorius hid out in Ravenna the entire time, which from 402 he had made the new capital of the Western Roman Empire.

The Middle Ages: From the 9th Century to the 14th Century A ravaged Rome entered the Middle Ages, its people scattered and unrecognizable in rustic exile. A modest population started life again in the swamps of the Campus Martius, while the seven hills, now without water because the aqueducts were cut, stood abandoned and crumbling. The pope turned toward Europe, where he found a powerful ally in Charlemagne, king of the Franks. In 800, he was crowned emperor by Pope Leo III. Although Charlemagne pledged allegiance to the church and looked to Rome and its pope as the final arbiter in most religious and cultural affairs, he launched northwestern Europe on a course toward bitter opposition to the meddling of the papacy in temporal affairs.

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