Lonely Planet Italy (Country Travel Guide) by Damien Simonis; Alison Bing; Cristian Bonetto; Gregor Clark;

By Damien Simonis; Alison Bing; Cristian Bonetto; Gregor Clark; Duncan Garwood; Abigail Hole; Alex Leviton; Virginia Maxwell; Josephine Quintero; Brendan Sainsbury

For professional suggestion, inspirational assistance and fascinating itineraries, Lonely Planet is your crucial Italy better half. even if you must hunt for tarts in Umbria, stroll historical roads in Rome or just appreciate precious artwork and structure, this ninth version exhibits you the way to unearth some of the best experiences.Lonely Planet courses are written by means of specialists who get to the guts of each vacation spot they stopover at. This totally up-to-date variation is full of actual, functional and sincere suggestion, designed to provide you the knowledge you must utilize your trip.In This Guide:Full-Color structure, foodstuff and actions chaptersUser-friendly glossaries provide you with a who is Who of artists, emporers and saintsTop pointers on sustainable shuttle offerings and the superior agriturismi (farmstays)

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To consolidate his position in the Roman power game, Caesar needed a major military command. This he received with a mandate to govern the province of Gallia Narbonensis, a southern swathe of modern France stretching from Italy to the Pyrenees, from 59 BC. Caesar raised troops and in the following year entered Gaul proper (modern France) to head off an invasion of Helvetic tribes from Switzerland and subsequently to bring other tribes to heel. What started as an essentially defensive effort soon became a full-blown campaign of conquest.

The question of the Mafia remains an open sore. The publication in 2006 of Gomorra, a chilling and personal account of the Naples Camorra by journalist Roberto Saviano, showed just how deep the problem goes. Although Sicily’s Cosa Nostra grabs many of the headlines, the Camorra is Italy’s biggest organised crime group (if this mix of warring clans can be considered a single entity). Known to its own members as The System, it is involved in everything from drugs and arms trafficking to illegal industrial waste disposal.

Return to beginning of chapter AUGUSTUS & EMPIRE Octavian was left as sole ruler of the Roman world and by 27 BC had been acclaimed Augustus (Your Eminence) and conceded virtually unlimited power by the Senate. In effect, he had become emperor. Under him, the arts flourished. Augustus was lucky in having as his contemporaries the poets Virgil, Horace and Ovid, as well as the historian Livy. He encouraged the visual arts, restored existing buildings and constructed many new ones. During his reign the Pantheon was raised and he boasted that he had ‘found Rome in brick and left it in marble’.

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