Secret Milan

Discover a canal lock designed by Leonardo da Vinci as well as the secrets of his Last Supper, find out where Mussolini’s hidden bunker lies, marry beneath frescoes by Tiepolo, visit artists’ houses usually closed to the public, see exceptional private collections, admire the sculpture of a young girl shaving her pudenda, look for the boxers carved on the roof terraces of the cathedral, and so much more.
Far from the crowds and the usual clichés, Milan goes unrecognised as one of the Italian cities with the greatest cultural heritage.
Yet it only reveals its hidden treasures to residents and visitors who venture off the beaten track.
An indispensable guide for those who thought they knew Milan well or for those wishing to discover another facet of the city.

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Secret Montreal

MontrealA giant crane in a supermarket, a portrait of Mussolini in Little Italy, Canada’s only Coadaist temple, a monument to the world’s strongest man, wrestling in a church, surfing on the Saint Lawrence River, a giant milk bottle, a gas station built by famous architect Mies van der Rohe… and much more.
Far from the crowds and the usual clichés, Montreal only reveals its hidden treasures to residents and visitors who venture off the beaten track.
An indispensable guide for those who thought they knew Montreal well or those wishing to discover another facet of the city.

256 pages – ISBN: 978-2-36195-187-0 – 17,95€ / $17,95 / £14,99 

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Secret Naples

Secret NaplesA calcified lizard in a church, vestiges of a former brothel, a “hole” that cures headaches, a bunker turned art gallery, a customised Vespa from the Second World War, remarkable secret private collections, extraordinary old libraries unknown to Neapolitans, a Greek watchtower in a theatre, a rare clock that measures the equation of time, the bars of a chapel door that resonate like a xylophone, a mysterious phallic symbol in San Gennaro catacombs, a little-known museum with a section dedicated to Punch, a unique anatomical model dating from the 18th century, a raft ride 20 metres below Piazza del Plebiscito … Far from the crowds and the usual clichés, Naples holds many well-hidden treasures that are revealed only to local residents and travellers who know where to step off the beaten track. An indispensable guide for those who think they are familiar with Naples or who want to discover another side of the city.“The great advantage of Secret Naples is that it reveals aspects of the city that are right under our noses but we don’t see them” Eleonora Puntillo, Corriere del Mezzogiorno,

Corriere della Sera “Everything you’ve always wanted to know about Naples can be found in this guide” Ugo Cundari, Il Mattino “Spirits, witches, ossuaries, statues and mummies – city itineraries that are far from the usual” Gianni Valentino, La Repubblica, Napoli

384 pages – ISBN: 978-2-36195-186-3 – 18,90 €
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Secret New Orleans

Houses built to resemble riverboats, the finest business hall in the world, a meteorite in a golf course, a back alley that serves as a portal of the voodoo afterwold, a 1960’s time capsule, a house made of 1200 glass ashtrays, Lee Harvey Oswald forgotten Commemorative Plate, a secret doll museum on the second floor of a private house,  the largest religious work of art on canvas in the world…

Far from the crowds and the usual clichés, New Orleans offers countless off-beat experiences and is home to any number of well-hidden treasures that are revealed only to residents and travellers who find their way off the beaten track

An indispensable guide for those who thought they knew New Orleans well or would like to discover the other face of the city.

240 pagine – ISBN : 978-2-36195-168-9 – 17,90 € / $19,95 / £13,99

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Secret New York – An Unusual Guide

Discover secret gardens, decipher ancient riddles on tombstones, visit a disturbed Indian burial ground, observe the stars and planets through a university telescope, frown at a bronze statue of Lenin, harvest mastodon food in Central Park, enjoy the aroma of a roomful of dirt, find a Venetian palazzo above a former stable, spot the forbidden island that was once declared a sovereign nation by a guy in a rowboat, track down a townhouse concealing a subway tunnel, walk under the canopy of a primeval forest, read a memorial plaque to an event that happened in another dimension, fall into a trance before a piece of subway art that flickers and moves, have your bicycle blessed in church.
New York offers endless opportunity to step off the program and peer into the city’s fascinating past and present. Secret New York is an indispensable resource for those who thought they already knew everything about America’s metropolis, or want to begin exploring its hidden places.

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Secret New York Curious Activities

Shoot a rifle off Fifth Avenue, track the path of an underground river that flows beneath Washington Square, take a trip within yourself in a sensory deprivation chamber, learn to spot fossils in the walls of buildings or collect your own on city beaches, observe bats on the hunt during a night walk, listen to a Stradivarius in a tiny concert hall created by an obsessed luthier, explore forbidden islands in a kayak, prepare for the end of the world at a survival class in Central Park, speed through the bay on the rail of a racing sailboat, climb giant trees in a botanic garden, go on the beat with a pair of NYPD cops, take a puppet-making class from an expert, watch feeding whales lunge from the deep.

New York: Curious Activities will show you that the city that has everything has more than you ever imagined.

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Secret Paris

Secret Paris

A priest who blesses animals, winemaking firefighters, a tree in a church, an inverted phallus at a well-known entrance, an atomic bomb shelter under Gare de l’Est, a real Breton lighthouse near Montparnasse, unsuspected traces of former brothels, a patron saint of motorists, royal monograms hidden in the Louvre courtyard, the presentation of Christ’s crown of thorns, a prehistoric merry-go-round, a sundial designed by Dalí, war-wounded palm trees, bullet holes at the ministry, religious plants in a priest’s garden, a mysterious monument to Freemasonry at the Champ-de-Mars, a solid gold sphere in parliament, a Chinese temple in a parking lot, the effect of the Bièvre river on Parisian geography, a blockhouse in the Bois de
Boulogne …

For those who thought they knew Paris well, the city is still teeming with unusual and secret places that are easily accessible.

384 pages – ISBN: 978-2-36195-184-9  – 18,90€ / £14,99 / $19,95

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Secret Prague

Prague

A totally overlooked Art Nouveau masterpiece, secrets of the castle alchemists, the message in the hidden palindrome on Charles Bridge, the Kabbalistic mysteries of the Jewish ghetto, a thief’s shrivelled forearm hanging in a church, a statue revealing its intestines, the largest wind tunnel in the Czech Republic, a fragment of the Great Pyramid of Cheops in a pet cemetery, a clock that runs backwards, a house/museum painted blue to meet the needs of the partially blind musician owner …

Unmissable for lovers of architecture, from Baroque to Art Nouveau via Cubism, and the European capital of alchemy and esotericism in the 17th century, Prague offers a myriad of little-known marvels.

Martin Stejskal, historian, philosopher, artist and internationally recognised specialist on the city where he has spent his life, opens the doors to one of the most secret and captivating capitals in the world.

An indispensable guide for those who thought they knew Prague well, or who would like to discover the hidden face of the city.

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Secret Provence

A statue of a pregnant Virgin Mary, an astronomical observatory in a former nuclear missile silo, a hotel room in a tree or a gypsy caravan, primitive Provençal artists, the mark of Christ’s knee, a fountain that flows with wine, a caiman dedicated to the Virgin Mary, a church in a theatre, an erotic mediaeval bas relief, a countess who returned to life, a Provençal Villa Médicis, a false volcano at La Roquebrussane, a “sheep bridge” at Arles, a rain-making saint, an alchemist’s garden, a magic palindrome at Oppède…

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Secret Rome

RomeVisit palaces closed to the public, admire exceptional works of art away from the tourist circuit, listen to a concert in a magnificent hidden oratory, have your dog or car blessed, observe the miraculous liquefaction of the blood of Saint Pantaleon, puzzle over a rare catoptric meridian or a wonderful anamorphic fresco, discover the remarkable motorised Rubens, enter into the secrets of the Vatican, rediscover a lost Bernini masterpiece, say a prayer before an image of the Holy Face of Jesus like that deposited on the moon in 1969, organise a dinner for two in a private palace, protect your throat from the rigours of winter.

Far from the crowds and the usual clichés, Rome is still a reserve of well-concealed treasures that only reveal themselves to those who know how to wander off the beaten track, whether residents or visitors.

An indispensable guide for those who thought they knew Rome well, or who would like to discover the hidden face of the city.

400 pages – ISBN: 978-2-36195-200-6 – 18,90 € / 13,99£ / 19,95 USD

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