Falling Palace: A Romance of Naples

By Dan Hofstadter

A portrait of the sun-drenched volcanic urban from an American who has misplaced his middle to where and to a beguiling Neapolitan woman.

In Falling Palace Dan Hofstadter brilliantly unearths Naples, from the dilapidated architectural good looks to the irrepressible theater of daily life. We witness the centuries-old gala's that often crowd the city’s jumbled streets, and snoop on conversations that proceed deep into the evening. We browse the numerous curio retailers the place treasures mingle with kitsch, and meet the locals he befriends. out and in of those encounters slips Benedetta, the item of the author’s affections, without delay inviting and unfathomable. Weaving the story of an elusive love including a bright portrayal of a mythical city, it is a startling evocation of a paranormal position.

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Egypt in Italy: Visions of Egypt in Roman Imperial Culture

By Molly Swetnam-Burland

This ebook examines the urge for food for Egyptian and Egyptian-looking art in Italy throughout the century following Rome's annexation of Aegyptus as a province. within the early imperial interval, Roman curiosity in Egyptian tradition was once frequent, as evidenced through works starting from the huge obelisks, delivered to the capital over the Mediterranean Sea via the emperors, to in the neighborhood made emulations of Egyptian artifacts present in deepest houses and in temples to Egyptian gods. even though the overseas visual appeal of those artistic endeavors was once important to their charm, this publication situates them inside their social, political, and inventive contexts in Roman Italy. Swetnam-Burland makes a speciality of what those works intended to their vendors and their audience of their new settings, by means of exploring proof for the artists who produced them and by means of studying their courting to the modern literature that expert Roman perceptions of Egyptian heritage, customs, and myths.

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Palmento: A Sicilian Wine Odyssey (At Table)

By Robert V. Camuto

Inspired by means of a deep ardour for wine, an Italian background, and a wish for a land a little bit wilder than his domestic in southern France, Robert V. Camuto got down to discover Sicily’s rising wine scene. What he stumbled on in the course of greater than a 12 months of touring the area, despite the fact that, used to be excess of a desirable wine frontier. 
Chronicling his trip via Palermo to Marsala, and around the rugged inside of Sicily to the heights of Mount Etna, Camuto captures the personalities and flavors and the traditions and typical riches that experience made Italy’s biggest and oldest wine area the area traveler’s latest discovery. within the island’s drastically assorted wines he unearths an expression of humanity and nature—and the area the place the 2 merge into whatever more.
Here, amid the wild landscapes, lavish markets, dramatic non secular rituals, deliciously contrasting flavors, and magnificent traditional heat of its humans, Camuto portrays Sicily at a shining second in historical past. he is taking readers into the anti-Mafia circulation transforming into within the former mob vineyards round notorious Corleone; tells the tales of a few of the island’s so much trendy landowning households; and introduces us to movie and song celebrities and different foreigners attracted to Sicily’s vineyards. His publication takes wine as a strong metaphor for the self reliant id of this mythic land, which has thrown off its legacies of violence, corruption, and poverty to emerge, ultimately loose, with its nice soul intact.
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Hidden Tuscany: Discovering Art, Culture, and Memories in a Well-Known Region's Unknown Places

By John Keahey

In Hidden Tuscany, acclaimed writer John Keahey takes the reader right into a a part of Tuscany past the standard vacationer locations of Chianti, Florence, and Siena. the customarily missed western component to Tuscany is wealthy with historical past, delicacies, and surroundings begging to be explored, and Keahey encourages tourists to desert itineraries and permit the grooves within the street and the curves of the coast consultant your trip instead.

Follow Keahey as he turns off the autostrada and takes roads slightly lanes huge to find fishing villages alongside the Tuscan sea. Then movement inland into rolling foothills embellished with cherry orchards, historic olive groves, and sweeping vineyards that produce wines that problem Chianti's top. right here it truly is nonetheless attainable to stick to the trails of Romans, Crusaders, and pilgrims from in the course of the western global who have been wanting to succeed in Rome.

Hidden Tuscany offers fascinating photos of areas akin to Livorno, a port urban with canals; Pietrasanta, Tuscany's Citta d'Arte; and Capraia, an island shaped through volcanoes. Keahey engages with the population of those mesmerizing landscapes, even if sculptors who toil in marble studios or citizens whose personal thoughts and traditions light up significant moments in global history.

From coastal cities to vineyards farther inland to the Tuscan archipelago, Keahey reminds us that every village, urban, and island has its personal detailed tale to inform. For armchair tourists and holiday seekers alike, Hidden Tuscany brings a brand new part of this vintage Italian sector to existence, and the result's mesmerizing.

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Barolo (At Table)

By Matthew Gavin Frank

After a youth of microwaved meat and saturated fats, Matthew Gavin Frank bought thinking about nutrition. His “research” finally led him to Barolo, Italy (pop. 646), the place, dwelling out of a tent within the backyard of a neighborhood farmhouse, he resolved to profit approximately Italian meals from the floor up. Barolo is Frank’s account of these six months.
At as soon as an intimate travelogue and a memoir of a culinary schooling, the e-book information the adventures of a not-so-innocent out of the country in Barolo, a quarter recognized for its meals and wine (also known as Barolo). Upon arrival, Frank started settling on wine grapes for famed vintner Luciano Sandrone. He tells how, among classes within the artwork of the grape harvest, he found, explored, and savored the gustatory riches of Piemontese Italy. alongside the way in which we meet the region’s households and the various eccentric vintners, butchers, bakers, and restaurateurs who name Barolo domestic. wealthy with information of genuine Italian small-town lifestyles, neighborhood foodstuffs, unusual markets, and a circuslike surroundings, Frank’s tale additionally bargains a wealth of ancient and culinary info, moments of flamboyance, and musings on international trip (and its many alien seductions), all filtered via nutrition and wine.

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The Gold-Rimmed Spectacles (Il romanzo di Ferrara, Book 2) (Penguin Modern Classics)

By Giorgio Bassani

Title note: unique name Gli occhiali d'oro
Publish yr note: First released in 1958

Published in 1958, Giorgio Bassani's novella is the 1st of his cycle of novels set within the northern Italian city of Ferrara. even if much less popular than its successor, The backyard of the Finzi-Continis, it bargains maybe the main concise distillation of Bassani's paintings: based, elegiac, and with a profound attachment to the specificities of time and position.

The novella tells the tale of the sluggish marginalisation, over the process the Thirties, of the homosexual health care professional Athos Fadigati: as soon as a pillar of bourgeois society, his flavor for younger males ends up in his ostracisation and eventual suicide. Bassani's managed type and lightness of contact remodel a possible mild premise right into a metaphor for the slide of Italy into fascism. -- Ben Hutchinson, The Observer

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Fodor's Italy 2014

By Fodor's, Mark Walters, Lynda Albertson, Nicole Arriaga, Martin Wilmot Bennett, Peter Blackman, Erica Firpo, Fergal Kavanagh, Dan


Fodor's Italy 2014 is the basic book significant other. This up-to-date e-book variation highlights every thing that viewers adore--from Italy's artwork and structure to excellent Tuscan hill cities to red-hot nightlife, and masses, a lot more.

Expanded insurance: Fodor's Italy 2014 maintains to supply thorough, insightful insurance to this year-after-year best ecu vacation spot. New this 12 months is a bankruptcy at the more and more renowned Island of Sardinia, identified for its ordinary good looks. Dozens of scintillating new experiences are absolute to appeal to first- or even old-timers to lodges and eating places scattered all through Rome, Venice, and Florence. institutions in farther-flung towns and cities also are given their due, and this consultant has lengthy featured wealthy insurance of the “Mezzogiorno”: these now-trendy southern Italy locations present in Puglia , Calabria, and Basilicata (home to Francis Ford Coppola’s new Palazzo Margherita hotel).

Indispensable journey making plans instruments: handy overviews exhibit every one quarter and its remarkable highlights, and bankruptcy making plans sections have savvy recommendation for benefiting from travelers' time, with best tips about getting from towns to nation-state villages. engaging delicacies highlights are given in each one local chapter.

Discerning ideas: Fodor's Italy 2014 deals savvy recommendation and proposals from neighborhood writers to assist tourists utilize their time. Fodor's selection designates our greatest selections, from motels to nightlife. "Word of Mouth" rates from fellow tourists offer invaluable insights.

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Not a Normal Country: Italy After Berlusconi

By Geoff Andrews

'I understand of no booklet in English committed with such concentration and intensity on Berlusconi’s politics. ... Geoff Andrew's clutch of political tradition is profound and reflective.' Gino Bedani, examine Professor in Italian, college of Swansea

'[Andrews presents] strangely penetrating insights ... fantastically written.' Jim Newell, Reader in Politics, college of Salford

Not a typical state explores Italian politics and tradition within the period of Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s richest guy and one in every of its longest serving top ministers. Geoff Andrews argues that the ‘Berlusconi phenomenon’ was once a populist reaction to frequent cynicism in the direction of politics. Berlusconi posed as an ‘anti-politician’, and dependent his allure on his virtues as a salesperson instead of a statesman.

The moment a part of the ebook discusses the various competition to Berlusconi. This levels from the anti-global demonstrations in Genoa in 2001 to unconventional protests corresponding to the Girotondo move led through the movie director Nanni Moretti. based on Andrews, this new associationism has helped rebuild Italian politics.

Finally, Andrews appears to the longer term and, throughout the examples of anti-mafia protests in Sicily in addition to competition to the Americanisation of Italian tradition, considers the clients for the hot post-Berlusconi Italy.

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Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy

By Frances Mayes


Frances Mayes, whose mesmerizing no 1 New York Times bestseller Under the Tuscan Sun made the area fall in love with Tuscany, invitations us again for a pleasant new season of friendship, joyful celebration, and meals, there and all through Italy.

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La Bella Lingua: My Love Affair with Italian, the World's Most Enchanting Language

By Dianne Hales

“Italians say that somebody who acquires a brand new language ‘possesses’ it. In my case, Italian possesses me. With Italian racing like blood via my veins, I do certainly see with varied eyes, pay attention with diverse ears, and drink on this planet with all my senses…”

A occasion of the language and tradition of Italy, La Bella Lingua is the tale of ways a language formed a kingdom, informed opposed to the backdrop of 1 woman’s own quest to talk fluent Italian.

For somebody who has been to Italy, the fable of dwelling the Italian existence is powerfully seductive. yet to actually develop into Italian, one needs to study the language. this can be how Dianne Hales all started her trip. In La Bella Lingua, she brings the tale of her decades-long adventure with the “the world’s so much enjoyed and lovely language” including explorations of Italy’s historical past, literature, artwork, track, videos, way of life, and foodstuff in a real opera amorosa—a exertions of her love of Italy.

Throughout her first day trip in Italy—with “non parlo Italiano” as her in simple terms Italian phrase—Dianne extremely joyful within the fantastic thing about what she observed yet craved comprehension of what she heard. And so she selected to inhabit the language. Over greater than twenty-five years she has studied Italian in each means attainable: via Berlitz, books, CDs, podcasts, deepest tutorials and dialog teams, and, most significantly, huge blocks of time in Italy. within the technique she stumbled on that Italian turned not only a fondness and a excitement, yet a passport into Italy’s storia and its very soul. She bargains fascinating insights into what makes Italian the main emotionally expressive of languages, from how the “pronto” (“Ready!”) Italians say after they resolution the phone conveys a feeling of whatever coming alive, to how even traditional issues similar to a towel (asciugamano) or handkerchief (fazzoletto) sound higher in Italian.

She invitations readers to hitch her as she strains the evolution of Italian within the zesty graffiti at the partitions of Pompeii, in Dante’s incandescent cantos, and in Boccaccio’s bawdy Decameron. She portrays how social graces stay woven into the cloth of Italian: even the chipper “ciao,” which does double accountability as “hi” and “bye,” displays centuries of bella figura. and he or she exalts the glories of Italy’s nutrition and its wealthy and sometimes uproarious gastronomic language: Italians deftly describe somebody uptight as a baccala (dried cod), a busybody who noses into every thing as a prezzemolo (parsley), a valueless or banal motion picture as a polpettone (large meatball).

Like Dianne, readers of La Bella Lingua will locate themselves innamorata, enchanted, by means of Italian, occupied with its saga, tantalized by way of its adventures, hooked on its sound, and ever wanting to spend extra time in its corporation.

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