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The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence: A Story of Botticelli
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The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence: A Story of Botticelli


A girl as beautiful as Simonetta Cattaneo never wants for marriage proposals in 15th Century Italy, but she jumps at the chance to marry Marco Vespucci. Marco is young, handsome and well-educated. Not to mention he is one of the powerful Medici family’s favored circle.

Even before her marriage with Marco is set, Simonetta is swept up into Lorenzo and Giuliano de’ Medici’s glittering circle of politicians, poets, artists, and philosophers. The men of Florence―most notably the rakish Giuliano de’ Medici―become enthralled with her beauty. That she is educated and an ardent reader of poetry makes her more desirable and fashionable still. But it is her acquaintance with a young painter, Sandro Botticelli, which strikes her heart most. Botticelli immediately invites Simonetta, newly proclaimed the most beautiful woman in Florence, to pose for him. As Simonetta learns to navigate her marriage, her place in Florentine society, and the politics of beauty and desire, she and Botticelli develop a passionate intimacy, one that leads to her immortalization in his masterpiece, The Birth of Venus.

Title:The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence: A Story of Botticelli
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:320 pages
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    The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence: A Story of Botticelli Reviews

  • Erin
    Apr 14, 2017

    Book hits stores on 25/04/17! Reading this book was as enjoyable as sipping an Italian wine while admiring art. Gosh, I just loved this story and all the characters. It makes me wish that I could jus...

  • Alyssa Palombo
    Jun 02, 2016

    This is my second novel, about real-life historical figure Simonetta Vespucci and how she inspired the artist Sandro Botticelli. I can't wait for everyone to read it! :)...

  • Carolyn
    Jun 25, 2017

    Brilliant is about all I can say about this new novel, The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence expertly written by Alyssa Palombo.Set in 15th Century Italy we learn all about Simonetta Castaneo, the most...

  • Zoe
    Apr 08, 2017

    This is an intriguing interpretation about the life of Simonetta Cattaneo, a young, intelligent girl who became known as the "Most Beautiful Woman of Florence" and who developed a close, intimate rela...

  • Crystal King
    Feb 18, 2017

    I have always loved the works of Botticelli, and have seen the famous painting of the Birth of Venus in the Uffizi. I was not prepared, however, for the way that Alyssa yanked me into her story and ke...

  • The Lit Bitch
    Apr 27, 2017

    Last year I had the pleasure of being introduced to Alyssa Palombo’s debut novel, The Violinist of Venice, a love story about Antonio Vivaldi. I love how Palombo takes relatively well known and pass...

  • Jenny Q
    Aug 27, 2016

    3.5 Stars. Simonetta Cattaneo is a beautiful young woman, raised in Genoa with a sheltered childhood, allowed to learn the basics of reading and writing, but not allowed to further her education beyon...

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    Feb 26, 2017

    To be reviewed over at Fresh Fiction!...

  • Donna
    Mar 24, 2017

    4.5 stars .. This cover ... stunning! So beautiful and fully evocative of what life in Florence during the Renaissance is about .. youth, beauty, a bit of mystery, desire.This is Ms. Palombo's second ...

  • Stephanie (Bookfever. ?)
    May 10, 2017

    Wow! This story was something very special. Botticelli is one of my favorite artists so I just had to read this. It really reawakened my love for books set in the Renaissance and Italy. Both have alwa...