Florence 19

Florence Episode 19 Literary Florence

Discover the city through the fiction and poetry associated with it

The final episode on Florence focuses on a selection of the many literary writings connected to the city, beginning with the Tuscan writers Petrarch and Boccacio whose works became the foundation of modern Italian literature and continuing with the English poets Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning who made their home in the city. Then four novels set in Florence are covered: Irving Stone’s biographical novel about Michelangelo,’The Agony and the Ecstasy’, ‘Galileo’s Daughter’ by Dava Sobel (2000), E M Forster’s ‘A Room with a View’ (1908) and finally Sarah Dunant’s ‘The Birth of Venus’ (2003), a vivid imagining of the life of a 15 year-old cloth merchant’s daughter, which paints a colourful picture of Florence in 1528.