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The Monocle Book of Italy


The Monocle team celebrates the endlessly fascinating and culturally rich country of Italy

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Italy feels comfortingly familiar for many. The very name conjures images of ruby red tomatoes, zippy Vespas and classical statues – yet beyond the clichés lies a complexity and variety that’s perpetually surprising. This is a place where laid-back living meets industrious craft, where well-heeled patrons tuck into simple dishes at rustic trattorie and where family, community and passion are the threads that lace it all together. For well over a decade Monocle has roamed the length of the boot – from the craggy peaks of the Dolomites to the azure waters of Sicily – and this is the result of their dedicated reporting. Join them as they throw down their towels at the best bagni, sit front row at dazzling runway shows, call in at vineyards, gelato spots and furniture fairs and maybe even hit a disco or two. Be prepared to see Italy through a whole new lens.


'It’s comprehensive and inclusive, neither high-brow nor condescending (though unapologetically stylish) and offers, to use that hackneyed phrase, something for everyone'
The West Australian

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 30.0 x 22.5 cm

Extent: 304 pp

Publication date: 25 March 2021

ISBN: 9780500971130

About the Author

Tyler Brûlé is the Editor-in-chief of Monocle. Andrew Tuck is the magazine's Editor, Chiara Rimella is its Culture Editor and Joe Pickard, its Books Editor.

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