Recommendations & Reviews

Dr. Zahi Hawass, Archaeologist, Minister of Egyptian Antiquities (retired)

Dr Zahi HawassDear Patty, I am completely surprised and amazed at your new Florence Book. Your style is unique and compelling. I think it is the most helpful travel book about Florence that the public has ever seen. I have published almost 50 books about Egypt myself, and I know a great destination book when I see one. I will be very happy to recommend your book over all others, and I expect you will have no problem with your future books as well.



Dr. Jane Close Conoley, President, California State University Long Beach (CSULB)

Jane Close ConoleyIt is my distinct pleasure to recommend Patty Civalleri’s new Florence Travel Book. It is well-researched and written in an engaging narrative style. It presents the complex history of the Florentine Renaissance in a rich and accessible way. Ms. Civalleri takes the reader on a virtual walk through the ancient walled city, sharing the tales and trivia that make for a great read. The book immediately grabs your attention and makes you want to dig deeper and to know more. A must for high school classrooms and travel backpacks, it renders both famous and infamous historical figures and events as deeply relatable. 


Christopher Donnan, Professor Emeritus, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA

Professor Christopher DonnanDear Patty, You have created the most wonderful travel guide to Florence. It provides a fresh look at a frequently studied and often traveled city. Being one who has researched and published many books, I am very impressed with the miles of legwork that you have undertaken to produce this vivid perspective of Florence.  You have strolled the well-trodden paths and charted new ones through this ancient city, providing exciting new insights, hidden architectural gems and breath-taking views for your readers. I am particularly impressed with the design of the book, which provides easy access to the history, art, and historical figures that have, for centuries, made Florence so extraordinarily interesting to travelers. How did you pull off all of those fantastic visuals? Your photographs are excellent, beautifully illustrating the city’s artistic masterpieces and architectural treasures. When combined with your dynamic writing style, they convey the excitement of the city’s past. The positioning of text and photographs throughout the book make it a very comprehensive and essential travel guide to one of Europe’s greatest cities. The book should be in the hands of everyone who visits Florence, and wants to see and understand its magic.


Dawn Buboltz, Principal, Chaffey High School in the Chaffey Joint Union High School District in Ontario, California

Dawn Buboltz HottesCivalleri’s new Florence Travel Book culls down the complex history of the Renaissance into easy to nibble backstories. This book provides crystal clear images of what the Dark Ages were like, and how the Renaissance pulled the entire Western World into daylight. It compels students to dig deeper while have fun doing it. The many pictures, fun, and quirky facts, tales and trivia keep readers engaged and interested in the Florence Renaissance. Patty’s book, used as an educational supplement, enhances the Art History curriculum and provides vivid examples of history and culture for Foreign Language and World History courses. I do realize that she wrote this book for the everyday traveler, but it is also a spot-on and much-needed addition to the real world of education. Let’s face it: both the traveler and the student suffer from constant distractions, making it difficult to focus on traditional historical reading. This book solves this problem in both worlds while making it fun to learn. I recommend this book, and I look forward to reading other books from this author in the near future.


Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite

Florence: A Traveler’s Guide to its Gems and Giants by Patti Civalleri is an interesting book that throws light on the city of Florence in Italy. The book is packed with a lot of exciting things that can be seen and done in this city. Unlike the usual travel book that one gets to read, this book is informative and entertaining and captures the sights, sounds, and essence of the place in a very unique manner, making it a fun and educational read. The history, the art, the places of interest, and the many other factors that make Florence what it is have been put down in an engaging way, making it the perfect travel guide while visiting this city.

The author captures everything about the city, and the pictures also help readers understand the rich history, beauty, and treasures of the place. The book is more about what makes it famous, instead of only describing the restaurants and sightseeing schedules usually seen in travel books. Florence is rich in Renaissance history and the author throws light on that aspect too, making readers and travelers look at the city with a different perspective. The book is packed with a lot of information and is a must-read for all those planning a visit to Florence. The author has definitely done a lot of research in bringing out a book like this, as it is very different from any travel book you will get to read.


Annie Howe, American Tourist in Florence

Dear Patty, I can now see why they said that your book is so fun: it is!!! As a typical American tourist, I have read my share of travel books, and most put me to sleep. Your bio’s of the artists, architects and scientists are so compelling. The way you packed in so much trivia, factoids, and tales takes the boredom out of history. (I only wish my teachers would have taught history with this much flair!) I know that regular travelers like me will gobble this up because it makes EVERYONE feel so smart. So I thank you for coming up with this great new approach to travel books. P.S. I want more books like this one!


Amazon Reviews

on January 27, 2017
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I have been to Italy, and Florence in particular, so very many times. Let me just say that this book will change how I look at Florence from this point forward. It is just fabulous. I am also recommending it to friends and family to go to Italy, and also will recommend it to people who are going for the first time and always ask me about details of the different cities. This book is a “must have” resource. Linda Dyer Bellehumeur 1/27/2017.
on December 20, 2016
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This is the best travel book I ever read and I have traveled to many parts of the world over the last 50 years. It is not just the usual travel info but adds humor, intrigue, history and art with the most amazing photography too. It’s the only book you need for the complete Florence experience!
I sincerely hope Ms Civalleri continues writing this quality of travel books to many other parts of the world.
L. Watson
Zephyr Cove NV
on December 29, 2016
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This is a must have book for anyone going to Florence! It is packed full of interesting things to do and a new way to look at the city. Even if you are not going to Florence but love Renaissance culture this is the book for you!
on January 3, 2017
Format: Paperback
The perfect companion when you travel to Florence. A well written narrative of the city’s rich history presented in a user friendly format with lots of beautiful photos. Humorous anecdotes accompany the stories making for a fun and educational experience.
A must read before, during and after your visit to Florence.
Written by Lea from California
on February 12, 2017
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This book is not you normal tour book. It’s research and easy to enjoy text make the city come alive with the background and insights of the major attractions and those that are more obscure one too. A Must have!
on January 3, 2017
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This book is a must read especially for those who are going to visit Florence. I found it very informative, entertaining and simple way to gain knowledge about te sites.
on December 20, 2016
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Fun book, easy to follow. Photography Was great.