Taschen - Great Escapes Italy - La bell'Italia è per sempre. To travel through Italy is as close as one gets to being in paradise. For centuries, writers, artists, architects and merchants have been drawn here, inspired by the beauty of Venice, Florence, Naples and Rome. Countless books, paintings, poems and sculptures are evidence of its undying appeal, and over the past 60 years, the country has become one of the world's top travel and holiday destinations. The loveliness of Italy with its architecture, landscapes, culture and some of the world’s finest food - if not eternal, is certainly enduring, and the easy-going and relaxed Italian lifestyle, il dolce far niente, is still unrivaled. Here, some of Italy's most amazing landscapes are brought to life, like Lake Como (residence of George Clooney), Venice, Florence, Tuscany, the Amalfi Coast, and no less magical, the Aeolian Islands off the coast of Sicily. In these mythical surroundings are legendary hotels full of atmosphere, where novels are set, movies are made, weddings are celebrated and famous love stories consummated: Villa d'Este on Lake Como, the Hotel Splendido in Portofino, the Il San Pietro on the Amalfi Coast and the Villa Cimbrone in Ravello - to name just a few. But in Great Escapes Italy, Angelika Taschen also reveals where to find more secret and hidden jewels. "This gorgeously illustrated book reveals the best of some of the world's loveliest landscapes, casting a stylish eye over Italy and some of the country's most tempting hotels. Each of the featured 35 properties, and the region in which they're found, is colourfully described, with German and Italian translations. I liked the 'book to pack' reference, but it is the photographs that really seduce.... The result is that leafing through this book, as I did, on a grey afternoon, in the suburbs, midweek is enough to make you cry with longing for that fantasy terrace and the handsome wine waiter." Sunday Telegraph, Travel Magazine, London. Hardcover, 23.8 x 30.2 cm (9.4 x 11.9 in.), 300 pages. ISBN: 978-3-8365-1581-8.