CITY SECRETS FLORENCE & VENICE: See the glorious art and architecture of Italy’s finest cities through the eyes of those who know them best

  • Discover a hidden Florentine passageway built for the Medici
  • View the panoramic vistas that inspired St. Francis
  • Regale yourself at a Venetian restaurant recommended by a revered Italian chef
  • Visit a Renaissance convent, where you can ring for access to see the frescoes and a miraculous handprint
  • A short walk away from the crowds, in a quiet residential area, there is an entryway that leads down to the Grand Canal. There you'll find classic white steps that lead down to the water where you can sit, relax, watch the boats go by


“Like the indispensable Rome guide, City Secrets Florence and Venice offers insider tips from artists, writers, historians and architects.” New York Magazine

“Full of interesting finds, even for those who know Italy well.” Town and Country

“This sophisticated guidebook form an inspired tour of Florence and Venice.” Powell’s

  • With over 50 contributors 100 venues
  • Detailed maps, keyed to the text
  • Clothbound and pocket-sized
  • A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book is donated to Save Venice and the American Academy in Rome