Presentation by The Publisher
Italy must be rediscovered and eloquently conveyed with knowledge, enthusiasm and innovative ideas. Prerogatives that require time, knowledge and genuine passion. This is how the series Italy’s Hidden Treasures came to fruition. A fresh easy flowing work, with a useful design masterfully interpreted by Beba Marsano, journalist and notable art critic who travelled Italy far and wide to select 101 locations of art and beauty (which are added to the 101 already published in the previous edition: Italy’s Hidden Treasures. 101 marvels worth the trip to discover), off the traditional paths proposed to a mass tourism only addicted to great Italian myths. A demanding creation, which the author has carried out with farsightedness and an original layout, visiting the respective locations not just with the objective of providing the reader with a precious anthology of artistic or nature sites to rediscover and propose their objective value, but to also convey the emotions that she personally experienced when she discovered them. She accomplished all this with her brilliant writing that does not yield to the temptation of specialized language, having chosen a narrative/nonfiction style with a content that is of swift yet dense substance.
The finished result must first be leafed through, like a kaleidoscope of images rich in evocative and persuasive beauty to then be read in every detail, to discover the large and small masterpieces that come from every region in Italy: archaeological sites, precious art and applied art museums, remote fresco cycles, private collections, occasionally of surprising originality, squares and views, intended as paradigms of a specific architectural period, and lastly, corners and naturalistic perspectives that act as witnesses to the art of Creation.
At the end of each theme’s story, on the basis of the happy idea of inviting the visitor to make a less rushed stop, the author suggests a hotel and a restaurant in the immediate territorial boundary. Therefore, a contemporary work that is proposed as a model of cultural com- munication designed for the valorisation of our country, which today, as never before, has the absolute necessity to be re-proposed, strong of its most truthful nature, that of beauty.
Genoese by birth, Milanese by adoption, cosmopolitan by vocation, Beba Marsano is a journalist, art critic and art historian, as well as an expert in cultural tourism. She writes and has written for major National newspapers: Corriere della Sera, Panorama, Oggi, and Capital. In addition to having curated art exhibits and events, and written monographs for numerous contemporary artists, she has also collaborated with Rai Uno and has works published by Electa Mondadori and Moshe Tabibnia. This is the second volume of the esteemed and fortunate Italys’ Hidden Treasures signed with Cinquesensi Editore.