The Villa Diana: Travels in Post-War Italy

The Villa Diana Travels in Post War Italy Originally written in a post World War II journey through Italy Above Florence and the valley of the Arno stood the Villa Diana in one of the oldest inhabited parts of Italy at the end of an o

  • Title: The Villa Diana: Travels in Post-War Italy
  • Author: Alan Moorehead
  • ISBN: 9781840246674
  • Page: 178
  • Format: Paperback
  • Originally written in 1951, a post World War II journey through Italy Above Florence and the valley of the Arno stood the Villa Diana, in one of the oldest inhabited parts of Italy, at the end of an old Etruscan road that wound among olive groves and lines of cypresses The home of Poliziano in the 15th century, it had been occupied by the troops of seven different armiesOriginally written in 1951, a post World War II journey through Italy Above Florence and the valley of the Arno stood the Villa Diana, in one of the oldest inhabited parts of Italy, at the end of an old Etruscan road that wound among olive groves and lines of cypresses The home of Poliziano in the 15th century, it had been occupied by the troops of seven different armies during World War II but otherwise escaped damage, if one overlooked the looting of the grand piano It was here that Alan Moorehead, known as one of the greatest correspondents of that war, moved in 1948 to travel through Italy and write this celebrated book His experiences illustrate the issues of the day, yet surrounded as always by extreme physical beauty and governed by the rhythms of the seasons He describes with wit such diverse matters as the daily drama of life among the servants, the reviving fortunes of Portofino, the 500 year old horse race around the main square of Siena, the gondoliers union in Venice, and a traffic clash between a family of pigs and a cart full of crucifixes.

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  • Alan Moorehead

    Alan Moorehead was lionised as the literary man of action the most celebrated war correspondent of World War II author of award winning books star travel writer of The New Yorker pioneer publicist of wildlife conservation At the height of his success, his writing suddenly stopped and when, 17 years later, his death was announced, he seemed a heroic figure from the past His fame as a writer gave him the friendship of Ernest Hemingway, George Bernard Shaw and Field Marshall Montgomery and the courtship and marriage of his beautiful wife Lucy Milner After 1945, he turned to writing books, including Eclipse, Gallipoli for which he won the Duff Cooper Prize , The White Nile, The Blue Nile, and finally, A Late Education He was awarded an OBE in 1946, and died in 1983.

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  • The stories about Moorehead's travels around Italy were interesting, but I wanted to know more about the Villa Diana itself, the immediate area, the tales of the armies who'd based themselves there.The final chapter about Poliziano was the most satisfying, despite him being a decidedly unsatisfying character. It was full of history and gossip - and I felt I was there.The style of the book wasn't coherent as it was the drawing together of a number of articles/essays written for a variety of publi [...]


  • We are lucky in Florence to have a new English Bookshop owner who is passionate about the books he sells and always gives me fantastic recommendations - this book The Villa Diana, was written after WW2 by journalist Alan Moorehead whilst he was living in the Villa once lived in by famous Renaissance poet Angelo Poliziano - his stories range from the rebuilding of the Monastery of Monte Cassino after it was blown to smithereens by the Allies to the Life of Poliziano himself. Every chapter is a de [...]



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