In this lavishly illustrated and gift-worthy guide, the world's most beloved expert on la dolce vita takes readers on the ultimate insider's tour of Italy's 20 iconic regions, revealing little-known gems, off-the-beaten-path destinations, and one-of-a-kind experiences.
FRANCES MAYES is the author of four bestsellers, Under the Tuscan Sun, Bella Tuscany, Everyday in Tuscany, and In Tuscany. All are about taking chances, living in Italy, and the "voluptuousness of Italian life." A widely published poet and essayist, Mayes has written numerous memoirs, books of poetry, and novels. Formerly a professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University, she now devotes herself full-time to writing, traveling, and restoring a historic garden. She and her husband divide their time between North Carolina and Cortona, Italy. ONDINE COHANE, a contributing editor at Conde Nast Traveler, writes regularly for the New York Times travel section, among many other publications. She has appeared on CNN and Good Morning America, and co-hosts Conde Nast Traveler's Insider Guide series on PBS. Cohane lives in the Renaissance town of Pienza in Southern Tuscany and owns two boutique hotels.
"A sparkling and irresistible view of Italy... Mayes has a
wonderful eye for detail as she lyrically describes her
surroundings... Readers will want to take their time, savoring this
poetic travelogue like a smooth wine."--Publishers Weekly
"Here, we are off the beaten track, soaking in the distinctive sunlight, traditional cuisines, architecture, and geographical features of each area...providing delightful trattoria recipes, poetry and anecdotes. Readers will definitely eat well by staying by her whimsical and conversational side."--Library Journal (starred)
"Mayes has arranged her memoir geographically from north to south, rather than chronologically, to allow readers to peruse the sections randomly, perhaps using the book as a companion guide to their own trip. Her descriptions are painterly and alluring, and she includes recipes for memorable dishes-grilled prawns with fennel and olives, sea bream poached in special seasoned broth, lemon ricotta tart, gnocchi with wild hare, and crispy octopus-that are likely to whet the prospective traveler's appetite. A charming homage to upscale travel through Italy."--Kirkus Reviews