Author: H.V. Morton
Morton peerlessly evokes the sights,
the splendors, and the drama of history
for tourists and armchair travellers alike
in this classic account of his travels
through 1950s Italy.
The Tuscan landscape, he writes "is
embroidered everywhere by human living,
and there is scarcely a hill, a stream,
a grove of trees, without its story of
God, of love or death." Scarcely
a page goes by without a story of enduring
fascination in this enchanting account
his travels through the regions of Tuscany,
Lombardy, Emilia and Veneto. His characteristic
anecdotes, whether relating to the fantastic
reconstruction of the La Scala opera house
or the superstitious lovers at Juliet's
Tomb or evoking the castle dungeons of
Ferrara, make his style as engaging as
the landscape and the era he records.
Henry Vollam Morton was born in 1892 near Manchester, England. He became an instant celebrity by scooping the world's press in the sensational discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb in the early 1920s. His new-found fame led to a series of extraordinarily popular vignettes on English country life and ultimately to a career as one of the world's greatest travel writers. He died in South Africa at the age of 86.