Cafe Life Florence
A Guidebook to the Cafés and Bars of the Renaissance Treasure
Joe Wolff; photography by Roger Paperno
7" x 7" • 151 pages • full-color throughout
ISBN 9781566565622 (UK ISBN 9781844370429) • paperback • $20.00 •
“Wolff and Paperno have teamed up to produce two useful guide books for the cafés of Rome and Florence…extensive and informative essays on each café…These two works underscore an important point for the traveler…if you really want to view Italian life up close, you must spend time each day in a café. Wolff and Paperno will help you find the best of them.” —L’Italo Americano (U.S.) (August 2005)
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Winner of 2005 Foreword Book of the Year in the Travel Category
Like its older sibling Café Life Rome, author Joe Wolff and photographer Roger Paperno's new book profiles family-owned cafes, bars, and gelaterias, this time in the glorious and historic city of Florence. Reap the rewards of their exhaustive research into the fine espressos and artisanal gelatos to be found in the city that is the heart of Tuscany, one of the world's great regions of gustatory pleasure. Not only will this book recommend choice vantage-points from which to sit back and enjoy Florence, but Wolff's interviews with the cafés' owners make a fascinating read. It seems the gregarious owners of these establishments can't help but sprinkle their information about the ancient freezing systems for the gelato or the best sources for coffee beans with local customs (such as one involving oxen and fireworks on Easter morning), Italian film history (of course), and gossip (about a certain American actor's indigestion, for example). If the stories in Café Life Florence make you want head to the Barberi bar or the Ciolli gelateria to hear some more, Paperno's stunning and evocative photography makes you feel as if you're already there-the steam rising from your espresso, your spoon slipping into a creamy gelato. Florence is like no other city, and Café Life Florence pays homage to its simplest pleasures.
Joe Wolff and Roger Paperno worked together on Café Life Rome and Café Life Venice.
"Italy is only the 23rd most populous country in the world, and ranks only 72 in terms of land mass. But as the subject of travel books it's second to no one. Café Life Florence: A Guidebook to the Cafés and Bars of the Renaissance Treasure, by Joe Wolff doesn't try to be comprehensive, instead directing readers to a thoroughly researched selection of family-owned cafés, bars and gelaterias, and offering a unique perspective on life in the city through their owners in the process." --San Francisco Chronicle
"Like the first title in the series, Café Life Rome, Café Life Florence tells the stories behind the family-owned cafés, bars and gelaterias that dot this ancient city.The descriptions are lengthy, you really get a sense of the history of each place-and the photographs richly evocative." --Chicago Tribune
"For those who feels they can learn more about a city by sitting in its cafes than by trooping through its museums, Interlink Publishing offers a series of guides to cafes in three major European cities. Café Life Florence: A Guidebook to the Cafés and Bars of the Renaissance Treasure, tells the story of Caffé Concerto Paszkoswski, a café that has lingered in the memory of writer Kim Moss for more than 20 years.The next time you're hit by the urge to travel but can't afford the airfare-or you're in dire need of a moment of grace-take a window seat at one of Santa Fe's cafes, sip a cappuccino and dip into this charming and informative book. It's the next best thing to a quick trip to Florence." -The New Mexican, February 14, 2007
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