By James Lees-Milne
In 11 stylish essays the eminent historian dwells on as some of the city's most pretty or impressive constructions, every one of which represents an period within the structure of Venice. From Torcello, the cradle of Venice, to the glistening mosaics within the cavernous cathedral of St Mark's; from the jewelled intimacy of Santa Maria dei Miracoli to the grandeur of Palladio's masterpiece, San Giorgio Maggiore; from the clustered domes and towers of Santa Maria della Salute to the theatrical Baroque of the Gesuiti - a lot of these are encompassed during this erudite and soaking up travel via centuries of Venetian paintings and history.
Venetian evenings are all too short, yet during this quantity, a significant other to his acclaimed Roman Mornings, James Lees-Milne captures the attraction of the instant with a readability that lingers good into the evening and lengthy within the memory.
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