Chasing the Rose: An Adventure in the Venetian Countryside, by Andrea di Robilant; illustrated by Nina Fuga. Knopf 2014.
Di Robilant’s is a unique exploration of how human history often leaves its imprint in the most unexpected of places.
Empress Josephine was so mad for roses that she persuaded Napoleon to let a British gardener pass through his naval blockade.--Wall Street Journal
And don't forget The World is a Carpet, by Anna Badkhen. It will return to mind, too.