I know that the Tudor time period is all the rage these days, but I’ve always been compelled by the Italian Renaissance. Imagine being lost inside a sun-baked city with tangled alleys leading to piazzas, loud with gushing fountains. All around, you see palazzos boasting history’s most stunning art and architecture. Out of open cathedral doors come the haunting strains of Palestrina’s timeless polyphony. Yet behind these glittering facades lurk the cutthroat political machinations made famous by Machiavelli. Enter an epoch of humanism and religious fervor, of philosophers and despots, of courtesans and saints. Pour yourself a glass of prosecco, sit back, and experience the glory and danger of a lost age.
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