This site is all about how stories add spice to our ideas and feelings about the cities we love. My favourites have long been London, Venice, and Florence and so I made this site, dealing with all sorts of stories set in these three cities. Each city has a few indulgent side pages too. These deal with subjects like Venice's cats, London's cakes, and Lost Florence.

I've also been casting my net wider of late and posting reports on my trips to other European cities as a service to travellers who share my enthusiasm for art, cakes, cats, and ice cream. Fictions feature here too. You'll find them listed on the handy
Trips Menu

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The Churches of Venice  

The Churches of Florence  


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The Friends of Fictional Cities
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22.9.2017
Padua & Verona

3
.9.2017
Having just added a film called Le Retour de Casanova to the Venice Films page set me to wondering if it would be useful to make a Casanova Films side page, as they don't all have titles beginning with C. And maybe put the books about him on it too. Which made me wonder what other subjects of novels might deserve their own pages. Filippo Lippi has been the subject of a few novels, I realised, so maybe I could combine them and make a Men Famous for Having Had Sex With Nuns page! Or maybe not.

17
.8.2017
You know how it goes - an author emails you to offer you a review copy of his new novel, and after months of shenanigans involving publishers dithering over delivery, changing their minds, and other hiccups and hesitations, you finally get a copy. And it's 1165 pages long! And to be ahead of the game you need to read and review it before October, when it's published. I'm sure we've all been there. The book is Time's Betrayal by David Adams Cleveland, and as I loved his two previous novels I'm confident it'll be worth the time and muscle pain. Expect a review, but not soon.

12.8.2017
Dublin

6.8.2017
Tomorrow we're off to Dublin. Why Dublin? Well, whilst it's not unfair to accuse me of visiting major European art capitals mostlly to feed my obsession with Italian art - that being my main reason for visits to Vienna, Liverpool, Birmingham and even Paris in recent years - in this case the main draw is a big Vermeer exhibition - Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting. This is my first visit, to Ireland and Dublin, so ogling of Georgian architecture and literary pilgrimage spots will probably be indulged in too. And then there's The Book of Kells.

22
.6.2017
A guidebook to Verona has just been published in Germany with one of my photos inside! And they paid me for it! I tell you this, with scans, (on my News page) not just to blow my own trumpet but to also blow a big raspberry at Brexit - ffftttpppttt!

19.6.2017
When I read that Richard Russo's new story collection Trajectory contained a novella-length story set in Venice I was immediately interested, and looking forward to a new story from an author whose previous Venice-set stories have been gems. Imagine my disappointment, then, in discovering that the story, called Voice, is just Nate in Venice, which I read and reviewed four years ago, with a new title. What can I say but 'grrrr'?

4-7.5.2017
Urbino

more news here


September
2017
Padua & Verona Trips
David Adams Cleveland Time's Betrayal Venice

August 2017
Vaughan Hart and Peter Hicks Sansovino's Venice
Dublin Trips

July 2017
Diana Gisolfi Paolo Veronese and the
Practice of Painting in Late Renaissance Venice


June
2017
Judith Mackrell The Unfinished Palazzo Venice
Richard Russo Trajectory Venice

May 2017
Timothy Williams The Second Day of the Renaissance
(Commissario Trotti Book 6)
Related Works
Urbino Trips
Roberta Rich A Trial in Venice Venice

March & April 2017
Donna Leon Earthly Remains Venice
Philip Gwynne Jones The Venetian Game
Bologna Trips
Milan
Trips

February 2017
James Lovegrove Sherlock Holmes and
the Shadwell Shadows
London

January 2017
Javier Marķas Venice, an Interior
Venice Trips
Diana Athill A Florence Diary
Benet Brandreth The Spy of Venice A William Shakespeare novel

November & December 2016
Inferno Florence films
Cologne Trips
Episode 21 - Beastly Things Venice - Brunetti TV series
Wray Delaney An Almond for a Parrot London
Martin Cruz Smith The Girl from Venice

September & October 2016
Florence Trips
Michael Hughes The Countenance Divine London
Henry Eliot and Matt Lloyd-Rose Curiocity: In Pursuit of London
Siena and Pisa Trips


Venice // Florence // London // Berlin

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