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5.0 out of 5 starsVery Good
Reviewed in the United States on July 9, 2016
Perfect- very informative, I will certainly refer to it. Highly specialized information, though
5.0 out of 5 starsEssential book for Italian travel and shopping
Reviewed in the United States on October 18, 2015
A companion book to Artisans of Naples and the Amalfi Coast, this book has a wealth of background information on the traditional crafts of the area. Even if you're not traveling to Italy soon, but you want to know more about the history and craftsmanship behind the beautiful handmade items from this Mediterranean paradise, this book is a wonderful way to acquaint yourself. The author writes the information in a light, easy to understand manner. No academic jargon here. Page 19 has a checklist for buying authentic goods, so when you decide to shop for authentic Neopolitan goods, make sure you have this guide with you.
I love Laura Morelli's books. I've only been to Italy once, but with her guides, I'm planning my next several trips. If you like Rick Steves' guides for travel, you'll love Laura Morelli's guides for shopping.
If you're truly interested in travel to Italy and the surrounding areas, whether by airplane or armchair, Laura Morelli has a wonderful newsletter to which you can subscribe for free. She sends tidbits of information that goes even deeper into the topics included in her books.
Disclaimer: I received an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
5.0 out of 5 starsEssential reading for the traveller interested in arts and culture...
Reviewed in the United States on October 19, 2015
Whether travelling or not, I like to learn more about and support local artisans. As an artist, I find Laura Morelli's research on the history and details of the process of making the various crafts, informative and fascinating. This information is provided in easy to read language and format. I hope to travel to this part of Italy in the next year or two, so I will definitely take this book and it's companion, "Artisans of Naples and the Amalfi Coast" with me.