This non-sequential Florence city guide links the back-stories of the Renaissance giants with the sites throughout the city of Florence. Created for today's attention-strained traveler, it uses micro-content and visual richness to enable the reader to come away as the smartest person in the room, without the commitment of heavy reading. Included is quite a line-up of top Renaissance celebrities with plenty of star-power. Like Michelangelo, Raphael, Dante, Galileo, da Vinci, Donatello, Machivelli, with plenty more.
Patty Civalleri is a global traveler, photographer, and graphic designer. As a founding member of the prestigious Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, Civalleri has spent the past 17 years traipsing the corners of our ancient past with some of the most honored archaeologists and historians in the world. And throughout those years, she has written for and photographed for the Cotsen's distinguished publications, in addition to a wide variety of business clients.
All over the world, Civalleri has searched for the kinds of travel tools that would help her to get a firm, albeit quick grasp on each new destination so that she could hit the ground running. Alas, most travel books focus on where to eat and drink, as well as the addresses of all of the hyped-up touristy spots.
This was the motivation behind her Florence book. Her new suite of travel tools is based around her book "FLORENCE Gems & Giants" and by adding inexpensive companion products, the traveler can go as deep as they like.
Patty, also an avid sailor, loves spending time with the family aboard their sailboat, as they often take it out to Catalina Island off the coast of California. A classical pianist and singer, Civalleri feels that she would like to learn to play the drums (in her next life). Like most foodies, Patty enjoys scouring the world for wonderful wines to pair with kitchen creations. Her incessant need to create provides breaks in her hectic life while she works with clay, paints glass, and makes jewelry.
A mom of two grown (and amazingly high quality) kids, Patty lives happily in Southern California with her husband Roger and their dog Cairo.