Jane Tylus

10 months ago by in Friday, History, Other Nonfiction


Hailed by Times Higher Education as an “elegant and captivatingly interdisciplinary book,” Siena, City of Secrets is an engaging and practical guide for tourists and armchair travelers alike. A city that often comes in second in its ancient rivalry with Florence, Siena was an economic and cultural powerhouse as well as an innovator in social services – as its 1000-year-old hospital, once the largest in Europe, attests. Siena introduces the reader to the city’s lopsided topography and subterranean tunnels, its pilgrims, its banks, its artwork, its neighborhoods, its notorious Palio, and its saints. A testament to the powers of community and resilience, Siena, City of Secrets is, in the words of author Ingrid Rowland, a “haunting, evocative book about one of the world’s most wondrous places.” Jane Tylus teaches Italian Studies at New York University and writes about medieval and Renaissance Europe. She summers in Barnard, VT.